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By Amawu Cletus Albert Amawu.

In preparation of the 2024 International Cooperative Day Celebration, the Cross River State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Community Development, Bishop Dr. (Mrs.) Margaret Ene-Ita, earlier today Inaugurated the Planning Committee at the Ministry’s Conference Hall, on Diamond Road, opposite Hope Wadel College, Calabar.



According to Bishop Margaret who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Nyiam Sunday Augustine, “the Prince Bassey Otu’s Administration is committed to agricultural revolution for food sufficiency and security to create employment and increase internally generated revenue. Hence, to improve road infrastructure to aid farmers and stakeholders to convey agricultural produce to the markets at the shortest time with convenience that will not impact negatively on Cross Riverians.


“Let me use this opportunity to once again state government readiness to partner with all stakeholders to ensure that the administration mission and vision in the agricultural sector is achieved through the cooperation of registered Cooperative Societies in the State.


“As you prepare to join the rest of the world to mark the 2024 International Cooperative Day come July 6, I urge you to take advantage of the numerous opportunities provided by the government to contribute your quota to advance yourselves and the state.


“To the glory of God Almighty, and on behalf of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Community Development, I do hereby Inaugurates the Planning Committee under the Chairmanship of Mr. Paul Ihuo. And note, this is a clarion call, as the success of the event lies squarely on the Committee.


“I appeal for maximum cooperation from all stakeholders to support the Committee. God bless the Prince Otu’s Administration and Cross Riverians,” she concluded.


Speaking earlier, Ukandi Emmanuel Ogar, Director of Cooperative, welcome stakeholders as he opined that, “based on the principle of ideal cooperation, cooperative help create new ethics and values for business and economics to advance individual lives of members and communities for society good to enhance economic success and social responsibility for global impact.


“The Planning Committee will be saddled with the responsibility to ensure that the 2024 International Cooperative Day Celebration is successful with fairs, exhibitions, contests and campaign focused to help achieve it’s objective and surpass the maiden edition in the State,” he concluded.



Members of the Planning Committee:

1. Mr. Paul Ihuo, Chairman.

2. Sir. Frank Archibong, Secretary.

3. Prince Emmanuel Edem, Co-ordinator.

4. Mr. Ogar Anthony.

5. Mrs. Esther Obaji, Cooperative Department Reps.

6. Mrs. Joy Ekom, and

7. Mr. Simon Ewa.



This year edition is the second in the series that will be observed in the State to mark the United Nations (UN) International Day of Cooperative observed on every first Saturday of July each year, to increase awareness on cooperatives, as well as strengthen and extend partnerships between international movement and other supporting organisations including governments.



In attendance were Presidents and Secretaries of registered Cooperative Society’s in the Cross River State.

Amawu Cletus Albert Amawu

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