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FCT cooperatives- Group decries extortion

The Abuja Cooperative Federation has decried alleged harassment and extortion of money from cooperative societies by the Office of the Chief Registrar of Cooperatives (FCT) Abuja.

At a press conference held in Abuja on Monday, the acting president of the cooperative federation, Mr Emmanuel Atama, said despite the stand of the government on good governance, transparency, accountability and anti-corruption, some persons hiding under the guise of re-certification and revalidation of cooperative societies in the FCT are engaged in unwholesome practices for selfish reasons.

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He said “the letter conveying the exercise emanated from pseudo consultants not the chief Registrar of Cooperatives, FCT. More so, the letter which came with  the directive to pay the N10,000 each to the accounts of the FCTARDS IGR accounts, Cooperative Consult and Cooperative Society Limited respectively came from the so-called consultant. The letter was neither dated nor signed by the author,” Atama said.

He further said the intimidation and harassment of cooperatives by the Chief Registrar of Cooperatives and the Agriculture and  Rural Development secretariat to de-register any corporative society that failed to comply with this purported  recertification exercise through text messages and the media, was quite disturbing and unlawful.

When newsmen met with the Chief Registrar of Cooperatives (FCT) Abuja, Hajiya Hassana Muhammed, at the sensitization workshop for Recertified and Revalidated Cooperatives in the FCT at Archives House, Abuja yesterday to respond to the above allegation, she walked away and told  reporters to wait. All effort to get her to speak was ignored.

However in her speech at the workshop, she said the cooperative registry’s function is to enforce cooperative laws, rules and regulations.

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