The Secretary to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony, has urged Nigerian workers to key into the benefits of cooperative society while in service to boost their retirement comfort.
She spoke yesterday in Abuja at the 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of INEC (headquarters) Staff Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society.
Oriaran-Anthony, represented by the acting Director of Administration of INEC, Mrs Olaide Okuonghae, said the importance of cooperative societies could not be overemphasised.
She said there were people she knew through their participation and savings in a cooperative society while in federal civil service who were able to acquire lands and houses even before they could access their retirement benefits.
She said that many people, especially men, were dying at a young age because they were carrying too much burden their spouse could have helped.
The acting president of the cooperatives, Mrs Zainab Ndakun, said that despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise in the inflation rate, the cooperative society in the year under review still met the expectations of members and also recorded surpluses.