Co-operatives are community-based rooted in democracy, flexible, and have participatory involvement, which makes them well suited for economic development. The process of developing and sustaining a co-operative entails developing and promoting community spirit, identity and social organization, as co-operatives play an increasingly important role in poverty reduction, job creation, economic growth and social development.

In fulfilment of his bond with the people, the House of Representatives Member, representing Calabar Municipality/Odukpani Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Bassey Akiba, has unveiled empowerment through co-operative scheme for his constituents.

The lawmaker said the scheme, Bridge Co-operative, was in line with his vision to create a viable economic structure that will empower the people, alleviate and elevate their lives and livelihoods.

Addressing would-be beneficiaries, Hon. Bassey Akiba, reaffirmed his relentless commitment to the welfare and well-meaning of his constituents, stating that his passion and strong belief in empowering the people led to the collaboration with NIRSAL Bank to establish co-operatives to empower small and medium scale businesses, artisans and others.

“As your representative, l will continue to serve faithfully and bring about speedy and healthy development while mainstreaming your concerns, yearnings and aspirations in national development process”, he said.

A community leader in the Constituency, Chief Eyo Ekpenyong, thanked the Member of Parliament for always having the interests of his constituents at heart, adding that the relevance of the co-operative scheme cannot be over-emphasized.

Also speaking, Mrs Blessing Joseph, commended Hon. Bassey Akiba, for his quality representation and developmental initiatives.

Indeed, it was a defining moment, as the visibly elated constituents showered encomiums on their Representative, for building a united community and advancing causes to better the lives of his people.

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