A two-day pre-cooperative training conducted under the auspices of the cooperative Development Agency (CDA,) for the Garlo Mining and Development Cooperative Society, has ended with a call on the facilitators to include inhabitants from other communities near the venue to the training.
The training was conducted in Belle Kpalamon Town, Fuamah District in Bong County from January 3 to January 5, 2014, by CDA’s representative based in Gbarnga, Thomas Malike. Malike was accompanied to the area by Nyan T. Duarto also from CDA, while Jackson Yelewon represented the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLM&E), and Thomas Kollie represented the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) respectively.
The two days event brought together over 200 participants who included locals as well as representatives of youth and women organizations, the elders and the chiefs of the various communities.
Mr. Golwin I. Wilson, who is the director of operations at the Liberia Holding Company, among other things, promised to invest over US$5M into activities of the Garlo Mining and Development Cooperative society based in Degii Town, Fuamah District.
Other development initiatives Mr. Wilson promised the residents included, construction of schools, clinics, safe drinking water and jobs creation.
During the two-day training, facilitators underscored the importance of cooperative meetings, minutes and reporting system, cooperative structure and how to identify the differences between cooperative and corporation.
In two months’ time, the CDA will also conduct another round of training relatives to financial management and good governance, but at a different locality.
The objective of the training, according to the organizers, is to among other things give the participants the central idea of how to conduct their own cooperative, the rights and obligations of cooperative to its members.
Meanwhile, some of the participants who spoke to this paper, expressed their gratitude to the facilitators and have therefore, promised the take lessons acquired to those who did not have the opportunity to attend.