Lagos Cooperative College set to graduate 104 students

Lagos State Cooperative College will graduate 104 students under its Professional Diploma Programme at its maiden convocation on April 7.

The Provost of the college, Mr Akorede Ojomu, made the disclosure at a news briefing held at the Lagos State Cooperative College (LASCOCO) Okooba, Lagos State, on Wednesday.

LASCOCO was established in 2018 under Section 2 of the Cooperative College Law of Lagos State with the mandate of training, research and management for cooperators.

Ojomu said that the college would confer five notable people with honorary fellowship for outstanding contributions toward the  development of the college.

He listed the people as the Oniru of Iru land, Oba Gbolahan Lawal,  a former Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives in Lagos State, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, and former Permanent Secretaries in the state, Mr Wale Raji, Dr Yakubu Bashorun and Mr Olalekan Akodu.

“To herald the maiden convocation and graduation of Professional Diploma students, honorary awards of fellowship would be conferred on five persons who have been instrumental to the development of the college.

“They are a former Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Oniru of Iruland, Oba Gbolahan Lawal, a former Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, retired Permanent Secretaries — Mr Wale Raji, Dr. Yaqub Bashorun and Mr Lekan Akodu.

“Our award is not for sale but about hardwork and commitment for the development and success of the college,” he said.

The Provost said that the convocation lecture would be delivered by the Chief Executive Officer and Principal of the United Kingdom Cooperative College, Mr Neil Calvert.

He said that lecture would be entitled “Concern for the 21st Century Economy: What Roles Do Cooperatives Have to Play in the Transition to a Sustainable Economy?”

He said that cooperators in Lagos State would  have the opportunity to network during a  weeklong activities to mark the ceremony.

He added that Juma’at and interdenominational Church services would be held as part of the ceremony.

Ojomu said that the college had been working to address sector-specific skill gaps through provision of specialised training and sensitisation for the cooperative sub-sector.

“We are also doing research to identify problem areas, how they could be resolved and how to reduce incidences of corruption/fraudulent activities in cooperative societies.”

The Provost  urged cooperators to have integrity. He said, “We will continue to try our best to reduce fraud to the barest minimum.”

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