The Federal Government has restated its commitment to engage in building greater and enduring partnerships with Nigerian cooperative movement for the realisation of the nation’s socio-economic development goals through the cooperative growth model.
As part of these efforts, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) is currently providing a lot of support towards revitalising activities of both the regulatory and the cooperative movement.
Speaking at the special matriculation ceremony of the Federal Cooperative College, Kaduna, organised for Cooperative Registrars and Officers of FMARD undergoing Professional Diploma Course on Cooperatives at Sheda, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sunny Echono, disclosed that the ministry conducted an assessment of the curriculum of Federal Cooperative Colleges in an effort to prepare them for greater role in helping to achieve the goal of financial inclusion for the rural people.
The Perm. Sec. who was represented by Director of Cooperatives, Dr. Dickson Okolo, stated that based on the outcome of the study, nine new courses on Rural Financing have been identified, pointing out that “as soon as approval of the National Board on Technical Education (NBTE) is received, the colleges will be expected to commence training of their students in these areas.”
In her address, the acting Provost, Aisha Ishaq, noted that since inception, the college has introduced a number of academic programmes geared towards realisation of the objectives.
According to her, the college started with a certificate programme in cooperative studies, which was replaced by a one year diploma course in cooperative studies. “As the college continues to expand and grow, the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Cooperative Economics and Management were introduced in 1998 and 2002 respectively.
“All the above two programmes were fully accredited and approved by the NBTE, Kaduna. It is imperative to note that the re-accreditation of HND of the college has been slated to hold on March 9, 2015. The re-accreditation exercise is expected to be carried out with request for additional carrying capacity of three streams each for HND and ND programmes respectively.
“As a result of the college’s dwindling annual budget, the college with its limited resources has established an entrepreneurship development centre where students can sharpen their skills in line with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” she noted.
Source: The Sun