County to support capacity building in local co-ops

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By Joseph Mukubwa

Nyeri County Government has pledged to create platforms to enable knowledge and experience sharing among co-operatives so as to improve the trust and confidence in the sector.
Governor Mutahi Kahiga said he has already directed the department responsible for co-operatives to beef up the capacity in terms of human resource charged with carrying out co-operative societies’ inspections and audits to improve transparency.
“My Government has a profound commitment to not only sustain the county co-operative sector as a key economic driver, but also support growth in an improved governance environment”, he said.
The Governor said the move will harmonise governance of co-operatives, some of which are well run while others are still squabbling.
He was speaking during the Newfortis Sacco Annual General Meeting held at Nyamachaki Primary School ground, Nyeri town recently.
Noting that the co-operative movement remains essential to the county’s economic growth and progress, the Governor emphasized the need to guard its integrity and vibrant expansion.
Nyeri County has over 120 active co-operatives with an estimated membership of about 300,000, meaning that almost 40 per cent of the county’s population is enrolled in a co-operative.
Governor Kahiga hailed Newfortis Sacco managements, both past and present saying they have turned the organisation into a major success.

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