YOLA (SundiataPost) – Cooperative societies and similar organisations in Nigeria have been advised to live up to their mandate under the laws establishing them.
Mr. Boniface Sukat, President of the AUN Community Cooperative Society,Yola, Adamawa State gave the advice during a tour of the Karewa Children’s Home, an orphanage for abandoned infants, and Remi Educational Foundation, a school for children with special needs. Both institutions are located in Yola.
The orphanage, part of the Adamawa State Ministry of Women Affairs, raises abandoned infants and fosters them out. The Remi Educational Foundation is a private school specially equipped for the physically challenged but is funded through philanthropy.
Accompanied by mostly executive members of the AUN Community Cooperative Society, Sukat quoted relevant provisions of the cooperative law requiring registered societies to devote a certain percentage of their annual profits to charity. He remarked that the letter and spirit of the cooperative law is to uphold the weak and the needy.
“It is by being law-abiding that we can put ourselves on the path to a just and equitable world,” said Mr. Sukat, who was received at the Foundation by Pam D. Yakubu, administrator, who represented the proprietress, Mrs. Rachael Bongi. The Matron of the orphanage, Mrs. Rabi Ibrahim, received the delegation on behalf of Hajia Maisaratu Bello, the Permanent Secretary of the supervising Ministry of Women Affairs.
Besides an unspecified sum of money, the Foundation received textbooks, posters, stabilizers, standing fans, transistor radios, buckets, brooms, white boards with markers and cleaners, and stationeries. The orphanage received bags of rice, cartons of noodles, spaghetti, and cartons of detergent.