On Wednesday 13th of January, 2021 Egbejoda (Abeokuta) Cooperative Thrift and Credit Union Limited held her Annual 21st One – day Seminar for her members at Egbejoda (Abeokuta) CTCU Limited, Alhaji Sheikh S. A. Adenekan Event Centre, Alowonle, Adigbe, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
OPENING PRAYER: The Opening prayer was said by the Branch President, Abeokuta Branch II of OGSCOFED Limited, Evang. Philip Babatunde.
After the opening prayer, the Cooperative Anthem was rendered.
INTRODUCTION OF DIGNITARIES: The Administrative Manager of Egbejoda (Abeokuta) CTCU Limited, Mr. O. J. Odetola introduced the dignitaries as follows:
- Chief Olusegun Sofolahan – President, Egbejoda (Ab) CTCU Ltd
- Evang. Philip Babatunde – Representing Alhaji (Dr). A. Ola Balogun FHNR, CBD – President, OGSCOFED Limited
- Mr. David I. Ayelabola – Ag. Executive Secretary, OGSCOFED Ltd
- Mrs. Ifeoluwa Ajeigbe – Ag. Head of Audit Department, OGSCOFED Ltd
- Mrs. D. F. Adekale – Ag. Head of Extension Department, OGSCOFED Ltd
- Mr. A. P. Okusolubo – Branch Secretary and Officer in charge, Abeokuta Branch II of OGSCOFED Limited
- Miss. Oluwakemi Bankole – Assistant Branch Secretary, Abeokuta Branch II of OGSCOFED Limited
- Mr. Akeem Ayodeji Ogunjimi – Deputy Director of Cooperative Services, representing the Director of Cooperative Services, Mr. Samuel Mustapha
- Mr. S. A. Animashaun – Cooperative Zonal Officer for Abeokuta South Local Government
- Mr. Omidiji – Officer in charge, Zonal Office, Abeokuta South Local Government
- Pastor S. A. Babalola – Administrative Manager, Iranlowo Oluwa Leme (Abeokuta) CMU Limited
- Mrs. J. Ola Bisiriyu – Facilitator and former Executive Secretary of OGSCOFED Limited
And other dignitaries from Egbejoda (Abeokuta) CTCU Limited, Board of Directors and the Seminar Committees.
Welcome Address: Chief Olusegun Sofolahan President, Egbejoda (Abeokuta) CTCU Limited in his welcome speech said he was highly delighted to welcome all participants to the 21st Annual One day Seminar for members. He appreciated God for saving our lives from the snares of COVID-19 pandemic and END SARS protest. He said cooperative education and training were vital principle enunciated by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) for Sustainable Cooperative Development throughout the World. He then announced the theme of the seminar “Striving for greater efficiency in Cooperative Movement” and then urged all the participants to pay attention and ask questions when it’s necessary.
Goodwill message from OGSCOFED Ltd President: In his welcome speech, Evang. Philip Babatunde the Branch President of Abeokuta Branch II of OGSCOFED Limited who is representing the President of OGSCOFED Ltd, Alhaji (Dr). A. Ola Balogun FHNR, CBD start his goodwill message with an apology to members that the OGSCOFED Ltd President went for another official assignment that is important and he thereafter called on the participants to replicate what they learnt at the seminar to their members for easy management of their Cooperative. He added that a highly experienced Co-operative Professional and erudite scholar in Co-operative Management; the former Executive Secretary of Ogun State Co-operative Federation Limited (OGSCOFED) will adequately dealt with the topic, “Cooperative Leadership, Character and Trust Building”. Once again he welcomed all participants asked them to pay attention to the resource person and ask questions where and when necessary. (Oluwa a fun wa ni eti igbo ati aya igba’se) May God give us the listening ear and the strength to implement whatever we learnt today. Amen.
Cooperative Societies have been urged to organize regular seminars to improve their performance.
The Director of Cooperative Services in Ogun State, Mr. Samuel Mustapha gave the advice while declaring open the seminar.
Mr. Mustapha who was represented at the occasion by Mr. Akeem Ayodeji Ogunjimi, the Deputy Director of Cooperative Services, said such regular seminars would help address fraudulent practices which could sink them. He implored all the Cooperative Societies to Audit and inspect their Books and Records before the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and no Cooperative Society should organize AGM without Auditing/Inspecting their Books and Records. He then asked the facilitator to do judges to the topic and thereafter declared the seminar open.
After the declaration, a group photograph was taking.
Dr. Akeem in his address said member’s needs to be preventing against the corona virus and also shared more light on climate change and implore members to be thinking of their old days. He warned the participants on self-medication not to just use any drugs which is not described to them by the professional doctor.
The facilitator, Mrs. J. Ola Bisiriyu begins her paper presentation with appreciation to all Cooperative Members of Egbejoda (Ab) CTCU Limited for their moral and financial support at her sendforth and retirement party which was held on Thursday, 10th of December, 2020 at OGSCOFED House, Asero, Abeokuta. She then start her lecture with topic “Cooperative leadership, character and trust building”. She said in Cooperatives the ability of the leaders/elected officers to praise, motivate and encourage etc, is one of the most underrated leadership qualities. Recognition and appreciation serve to not only to boost member’s moral but also to make members/staff to continue to work in a friendly environment and to strive to impress the management.
Cooperative leadership if taken into consideration the participative style of leadership it will create mutual respect and promote self confident/independent among the staff. Good leaders as mentioned by some school of thoughts are great motivators and positive thinkers who always think about there followers and the future of the organization.
In her opinion, she said that every Cooperative leaders should imbibe the participative and servant leadership traits where every members will have a say in the running of the organization.
Finally, it is also important for every Cooperative leaders to understand and practice the Seven Principles of Cooperation so as to perform and carry out their duties effectively.
Vote of thanks: On behalf of Egbejoda (Abeokuta) CTCU Limited and organizing Committee, Alhaji Semiu Junaid appreciated the presence of the Director of Cooperative Services, OGSCOFED Limited, Leaders and all Participants at the occasion. He prayed for safe journey back to our various destinations.
Closing prayer: The Closing prayer was said by Mr. W. S. Idowu.
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