THE EFFECT OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES IN AWKA NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT. A RESEARCH PROJECT MATERIAL ON CO-OPERATIVE ECONOMICS
Co-operative is institution of a dual native. They are organized by groups of persons based or self-interest, initiative and active participation of the persons who are members and business undertaking which are established, managed and financed by the members of the co-operative enterprises for the promotion of their individual enterprises and for house holds.
Co-operative are institutions for evolution which stress the importance of life long education, which see to mobilize their members to improve their own situation through organinised group action which try to change their own attitude from passive into active, from dependence on theirs to self-reliance and thereby seek to transform traditional farmers, craftsman, workers artisans who static, elements in subsistence economic and more dynamic members of developing society.
Since government has put emphasis and plans for the development of co-operative organisation, government policies are towards enhancing the development of co-operative organizations. Indirectly, development of co-operative organisation is the development of individual members or co-operators.
As such, co-operatives with their peculiar social and economic objectives principles and structure are among the most suitable institutions to involve the people in the process of development through their own organizations.
The co-ordination of co-operative of development plans with national and states development plans is essential for the success of co-operative programmes. This is especially so, when co-operative societies are used as agents for the implementation of the integrated development programmes. One of the essential preconditions for collaborates between co-operatives and government agencies are that government will have to allow co-operative a certain degree of autonomy.
When settling common goals, guidelines for joint action and self-government will have to be preserved for the co-operatives within the general framework of plan and the co-operative objectives.
The history of co-operative movement records many cases of individuals and communities being socially rehabilitated through co-operatives. The co-operative movement through the methods it employs and qualities from its members, free individual not only from users and profiteers but also from individual attitudes and social customs, which are obstructive to progress, and teaches the virtues of honesty, loyalty, and punctuality and stick respect for engagements.