By DUMAH RANDONG
A legal framework to guide the operation of cooperative societies is being developed by the Plateau State government.
Governor Simon Lalong disclosed this on Monday when the National President Cooperative Federation of Nigeria, Chief Tajudeen Oriyomi Ayeola led other officials on a courtesy call at Government, House Rayfield, Jos.
Lalong represented by his Deputy, Professor Sonni Tyode said a bill to make the cooperative societies more efficient and effective would soon be send to the State House of Assembly.
The Cooperative Federation of Nigeria is the umbrella body and a mouth piece of all cooperative bodies in the country and was made up of Federated representatives of the 36 states.
Lalong who stressed the role of cooperative movement in the socio-economic development of the people, said on assumption of office his administration took inventory of all cooperative societies in the state to know those that were functional with the view to supporting them.
He decried the attitude of those forming cooperative societies and once their goal was achieved, no body hears about them adding that government would continue to provide the enabling environment for them to thrive.
The governor however advised cooperative bodies to take advantage of the Federal government intervention programmes to access funds for the benefit of members.
While congratulating them for the choice of the state for their Summit and Annual Conference, Lalong assured them of government support at all times.
Earlier, President, cooperative Federation of Nigeria, Chief Tajudeen Ayeola had explained that they were at Government House to intimate the governor on their intention to confer on him the award as the National Patron of the body.
He commended the Plateau state government for providing the enabling environment to thrive in the state.
He disclosed that CFN being a member of the World Cooperative Alliance with regional office in Kenya while the global office was in Belgium.
He explained that over 500 participants were expected to attend the Annual Conference adding that the choice of the state as venue of the summit was to showcase there turn of peace in the state.