Institute of Co-operative Professionals of Nigeria (ICOPRON) Held her 7th National Conference.
The conference with the theme: Sustainable Cooperative Management and Practice Pivots for National Economic Growth and Development seeks to promote a more robust and intergrated cooperative society.
In his remarks, the national President Dr. Olubunmi Fajobi noted that the theme of the conference was deliberate and timely in order to throes open variable inputs that's could move cooperative activities and especially ICOPRON.
In another development the governor of Niger state who was represented by the special adviser on special duties, Dr. Murtala Mohammed Bagana resonates with the theme and stressed that Niger state recently convened a summit of green revolution targeted mainly at the rural poor is an indication of the government sensitivity to the perennial plights.
Below is the excerpts of the presentation.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MOHAMMED
UMARU BAGO, GOVERNOR OF NIGER STATE AT THE 7
ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE INSTITUTE OF
CO-OPERATIVE PROFESSIONALS OF NIGERIA, DELIVERED
BY THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON SPECIAL DUTIES,
DR. MURTALA MUHAMMAD BAGANA.
Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, and esteemed members
of the Media and the Institute of Co-operative Professionals of Nigeria,
I stand before you today with great honor and respect on behalf of My
Governor, His Excellency, Mohammed Umaru Bago, the Governor of
Niger State. His Excellency extends his heartfelt gratitude for the
invitation as the Special Guest of Honor to address this distinguished
gathering at the 7th National Conference of the Institute of Co-operative
Professionals of Nigeria (ICOPRON). Unfortunately, the Governor is
unable to be here in person due to other competing priorities, but he
has entrusted me to represent him and deliver this Keynote Address on
The theme of this conference, "Sustainable Co-operative
Management and Practice: Pivots for National Economic Growth
and Development," resonates deeply with the Governor's commitment
to sustainable development. In his inaugural address few weeks ago,
at the Niger State Green Economy Summit, His Excellency,
emphasized the importance of addressing pressing challenges and
seizing opportunities for a sustainable future. Today, I would like to draw
upon his insights and expand uponJust as the summit underscored the importance of confronting climate
change and environmental degradation while seizing the opportunities
inherent in green technologies, our gathering today emphasizes the
need for sustainable co-operative management and practice in driving
Nigeria's co-operative professionals play a pivotal role in fostering
economic growth and development, particularly in a nation as diverse
and resourceful as ours. Nigeria, much like Niger State, is endowed with
diverse resources, both natural and human. These resources, including
fertile lands, solid minerals, hardworking citizens and communities, and
a rich cultural heritage, the foundation upon which our nation is built.
As you might be aware, Niger State is blessed with diverse natural
resources sitting on over 76,363km2 of arable land which includes
abundant carbon assets, freshwater bodies, rich mineral deposits
including lithium, gold, tin, talc, kaolin, granite, marble, copper, and
lead, among others, and scenic landscapes.
These resources are not just green assets; they are the very essence
of our heritage and the source of our livelihoods. Yet, these invaluable
assets are under threat, vulnerable to the relentless onslaught of
climate change. We will therefore require the collaboration and
expertise of co-operative professionals to guarantee the protection of
our climate and maximize the natural assets for sustainable
Co-operatives are not just financial entities; they are instruments of
social and economic transformation. They empower individuals and
communities, fostering equitable wealth creation, and promoting
inclusive growth. The cooperative movement, with its focus on
community-driven economic activities, has a vital role to play in
harnessing these resources for the benefit
In Niger State, our mission is very clear, as embodied in our 20 years
developmental blueprint and commitment to Nigerlites. We aspire to
create a state where its citizens enjoy access to fundamental social
amenities and infrastructure that enhance the quality of life. These
include functional primary healthcare systems, access to highquality and inclusive education, safeguarded lives and property,
assured food security, clean drinking water, affordable housing,
recreational venues, and opportunities for sports and leisure,
empowering of our women and youths.
We envision a state with a sustainable economy, underpinned by
substantial agricultural growth, investments in tourism, the utilization of
renewable energy, the responsible extraction of solid minerals, fostering
innovation, embracing cutting-edge technology, promoting diverse
services, establishing free trade zones, cultivating industrial parks, and
establishing economic cities as vital hubs for development and
The sub-themes of this conference provide us with a clear roadmap for
sustainable co-operative management and practice in Nigeria.
Co-operatives can lead the way in developing sustainable farming
practices, ensuring food security, and improving the livelihoods of our
farmers - agricultural sector, therefore has the potential to be a
cornerstone of national socio-economic growth as outlined in the
Renewed Hope Agenda of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, GCFR.
Ladies and gentlemen, co-operatives embody the principles of selfhelp, mutual responsibility, democracy, and equality. They are uniquely
positioned to drive sustainable development by mobilizing resources,
empowering communities, and fostering inclusive economic growth.
Embracing gender equality, professionalism, sound legal framework,
practices and technology are key to enhancing efficiency and transparency in co-operatives with resultant boost economic growth
and social progress.
Let us heed the lessons from Niger State's commitment to green growth
and environmental stewardship. The Governor emphasized the
importance of collective action in tackling climate change and
environmental degradation. Co-operatives, just like the green economy,
require the active engagement of all stakeholders. Governments, cooperative members, academia, civil societies and the private sector
must work together to shape a sustainable co-operative landscape that
supports our nation's growth and development.
As we gather here today, I call upon you to seize this opportunity to
learn from experts, share experiences, and cultivate innovative
solutions. Together, we can build a future where co-operatives are at
the forefront of our nation's sustainable development, contributing to
economic growth, social equity, and environmental stewardship.
In conclusion, may this conference be a steppingstone toward a
brighter, more sustainable future for Nigeria. The Governor and the
people of Niger State wish you fruitful deliberations and a successful
Thank you for your attention, and may God bless the Federal Republic
Indeed this conference provides a clear road map for development and growth especially the small microeconomic strata.