Saturday, 12 February 2022

C'River Commissioner Launches Novel Premier Cooperative To Boost Staff Welfare

By Daniel Bebia

The Cross River State Ministry of Environment has launched the first ever Multipurpose Cooperative Society by a government establishment in the state to cater for the welfare needs of its staff.

Speaking at the launching, the Commissioner for Environment and Special Guest of Honour, Mr Mfon Bassey commended the Staff of the ministry for the harmonious coexistence which has culminated in the unity and formation of a cooperative.

The Commissioner, who was represented by the General Manager, Waste Management Agency, Mr Sunday Oko, said with the formation and subsequent registration of an organization of such prospect offers a boost to Staff welfare which is Paramount to every responsible government.

"The formation, registration and subsequent launching of the first Multipurpose Cooperative by staff a government establishment in the state is an indication of what the future holds for those ready to make a difference and also speak volume of your preparedness to cater for the well-being of your members which is the duty of a responsible government.

"As a government we are willing and committed to put in our best to ensure our people have access to loan facilities in order to inspire economic diversification so as discourage overdependence on salaries," he remarked.

He charged all staff of the ministry who might not have registered to ensure they do so, adding that unity is strength.

The Commissioner expressed gratitude to the Staff for the warmth, love, cooperation and support enjoyed since assumption of office. He enjoined them to continue to live a symbiotic lifestyle which according to him is the real essence of humanity.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Humanity and Social Welfare, Mrs Blessing Egbara, represented by Mr Simon Ewa, Assistant Director Cooperatives, lauded the members of staff of Ministry of Environment for coming together to form a cooperative.

She said such an initiative could be filmed out from a willing committed executive of an organization wishing to expand its economic frontiers and collective  progress of its members.

Mrs Egbara called on other Ministries to borrow a leave from their Environment counterpart by forming formidable cooperatives to cater for the needs and aspirations of it staff   .

On the Cooperative Society's prospects and sustainability, the Chairman Ministry of Environment Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Mr Songitu Ekpe hinted that now that the organization has the legal right to go into economic activities, it will look at getting into livelihood programmes thereby creating alternative sources of income for members.

"Now that we have opportunity to go into economic activities; we'll see how in our little way contribute to creating jobs for people to have alternative sources of livelihood. Our doors are open for innovations and we see a greater future for members," he stated.

He expressed optimism that the Cooperative with about Sixty members and necessary materials put in place was glaring that sustainability would not be an issue.

In a welcome address  presented by the society Secretary, Mrs Enene Sabastine stated that the launching was to unveil the Co-operative Logo and also honour the Commissioner for Environment for his exceptional leadership, team work and friendly disposition to all staff through open door  policies that have birthed the noble idea.

Describing the Environment Boss as a shining light, she prayed for more opportunities upon him to continue to serve humanity.

According to her, the welfare scheme which started on 1st July, 2020 metamorphose into a registered Cooperative Society with membership drawn from staff cadre grade level 01- 17.

Highlight of the event was unveiling/launching of EMPCS  Logo and cutting of cake.