40,000 cooperative societies to face re-certification in Delta

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..17,000 students to get N381m for Bursary

By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

About 40,000 cooperative societies existing in Delta State are to face re-certification by the state government, a move to confirm their genuineness as well as ascertain those that are truly touching the lives of the people of the state.

The re-certification followed the approval by the state executive council, Wednesday.

It was learnt that over 40,000 cooperative societies exist in the state with some of them being run by family members rather than as a normal cooperative society.

Commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu, at a post executive council briefing in Asaba, said that based on recommendation from the Ministry of Trade and Investment the approval for the re-certification was made.

He said that the purpose of the re-certification is to reflect the yearnings of the people of the state and to check abnormalities in cooperative societies.

“The Exco approved the recertification of cooperative societies, to keep tab of genuine cooperative societies in the state. As they help government to deepen policies in the economic sectors and want to ensure that the ones registered touches the lives of our people.”

He said that the council also approved N381 million for the payment of bursary to students of Delta State origin in tertiary institutions for the 2018/2019 academic session.

The information boss disclosed that over 24, 000 students applied for the scheme but only 17, 000 qualified to benefit from the scheme.

He explained that why the 7,000 students were disqualified was because some of them have graduated, some were non-Deltans and others were not in school.

He also stated that Exco has approved that the state should restructure and re-strategise the structure and mechanism of keeping our environment clean.

Aniagwu also stated that Exco approved four more departments for the Ministry of Oil and Gas which had only two departments before to strengthen their activities to meet up with its mandate.

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