97th Int’l Cooperative Day celebrated in Buea

NEWS 07 Aug 2019
97th Int’l Cooperative Day celebrated in Buea

By IKOME CHRISTIE-NOELLA EPOSI
‘Cooperatives for decent work’ is the theme of the 97th edition of the International Cooperative day celebrated at the regional delegation of Agriculture and rural development in Buea. Presiding over the ceremony was the head of Economic, Social and Cultural affairs at the South West Governor’s office, Makew Theophile Dumbeh.
The grand event brought together different cooperatives from the six divisions of the South west region some of which included; The Buea Poultry Farmers’ Cooperative, Charity Sisters Coop, Soil Management, Agro-Hub Cooperative and a host of others.
Addressing the cooperatives on their big day, the regional delegate of Agriculture and rural development, Ekungwe Chistopher Kang said in every society the most important person is a farmer: “If a farmer can be so important, the bond becomes stronger when they come together to cooperate”, he said.
The delegate noted that the present circumstances which include the crisis and the rainy season have contributed in limiting the number of farmers/cooperatives present for the celebration.
According to the governor’s representative, Makew Theophile Dumbeh, farmers and cooperatives play a vital role in the society as they work hand in glove to foster growth and development: “The role of farmers in getting to emerge by 2035 cannot be left out. The government cannot do everything on its own; we need the farmers and cooperatives to accompany the government so that together we can make Cameroon a better country than it is today”.
Presenting an educative talk on the theme of the day, the CEO of LUKMEF, Tanyi Christian noted that quite often than not the cooperators themselves do undermine their important role in the society and in the country’s economy: “The error is made when decent jobs are described as white collar jobs. Decent jobs go beyond that and cooperatives and farming gives a very golden opportunity for people to be able to get decent jobs on the basis of working in line with what a decent job is. Cooperatives generate a total of three trillion US dollars annually and the beautiful part of being a cooperative is the bargaining power which improves productivity”, he pinpointed.
According to the president of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), Ariel Guarco said cooperatives help to preserve employment and promote decent work in all sectors of the economy. Through participation, members have a motivation to change their lives, their communities and the world at large, he said.
In a recent estimate, cooperatives around the world employ or are the main source of income for more than 279 million people almost 10% of humanity’s total working population.
Exhibitions, a match pass by registered cooperatives, speeches and educative talks were some of the activities that characterized the celebrations in Buea.

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