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.
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.
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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