By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
The Vice Chancellor, Kaduna State University, Professor Mohammad Tanko has called for the establishment of cooperative society university saying it can be the driver of the Nigeria economy.
According to Professor Tanko, cooperative societies are the live wire of the economy adding that a university should be establish purposely for training and retraining of experts in that area.
The vice chancellor who spoke through his representative, Professor Set Akutson at the 1st Kaduna Cooperative Societies and Academia interaction held at the Kaduna State University, also advised that there should be cooperative classes at technical schools.
The programme was with the theme: “Advancing The Frontiers Of Cooperative Societies In Kaduna State: The Kaduna’s Model.
According to Professor Tanko, “Co-operatives should be studied in technical schools because we hope to have professors in cooperatives societies.”
“Cooperative societies should be giving proper attention because there is no bank that can give commiserate loan than cooperative societies. That is why we we will always advocate that cooperative societies come together.”
“Government should give impetus through the instrumentality of the court. Cooperative university should be established for degrees, masters and PhD programmes,” he said.
In her remarks, the commissioner, Ministry of Rural and Community Development, Balareba Aliyu Inuwa said government will always be there to provide an enabling environment for private initiative to grow.
“Cooperative societies as a sector has a very important place in this government. It’s enormous potential for community and economic development. The el-Rufai’s administration has set in motion a mechanism that will review the operations of cooperative societies in Kaduna state.”
“One of the immediate things that is required is to address the structural space for effective running and oversight of cooperative societies. The restructuring exercise resulted in the movement of the cooperatives department from the ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry of Rural and Community Development,” she said.
She disclosed that, ” the state governor having considered a report of survey conducted by the department for International Development (DFID) in Kaduna State on cooperative societies approved the recommendation for the creation of the Kaduna State Cooperative Societies Commissioning.
According her, a bill seeking to address major structural issue in the development of cooperative societies in the state is currently receiving attention at the Kaduna State House of Assembly.