Corporate Governance

At LAPO, we implement clear policies, procedures and guidelines, which make us responsive, accountable and transparent as an organization. Our internal management system is designed to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of our programmes.  We seek to build an institution with an enviable reputation for consistent adoption and implementation of international best practices in corporate governance, service delivery and value creation for all stakeholders. The philosophy of the organization is executed through the Board of Directors and Board Committees.


Board of Directors

The Board of LAPO has a commitment to the core mission of empowering the poor on a sustainable basis. The boardensures the effectiveness of our internal management system and mechanisms for upholding the benchmarks of accountability and transparency. Members have rich knowledge and experience in social development, poverty alleviation, public health, management, administration, policy advocacy and law.

The Board delegates responsibility for the day-to-day management of LAPO to the Executive Director with the support of the Management Team. The Executive Director exercises the delegated powers in accordance with guidelines approved by the board. The board consists of seven (7) Non-Executive Directors, one of whom is the Chairperson, and an Executive Director.  



Professor Christiana E. E. Okojie    


Jane Evbade Osagie                                  

Nogi Imoukhuede, Esq                              

Edward Osayomwanbor Aghimien              

David Osarumwense Osifo                         

Osunde Omoruyi                                      

Sabina Idowu-Osehobo                           


Okojie Ehimen Edenomen Christiana - Chair-person

Okojie Ehimen Edenomen Christiana is a professor of economics. She has taught Development Economics,  Development Policy and Planning, Project Evaluation and Labour Economics at various levels in the University. Professor Okojie has attended several training and research workshops. Her research projects are focused on population and development, poverty analysis, gender and education, gender and poverty and gender budgeting. A consultant to many national and international organizations, she has also studied trafficking in women and children within and outside Nigeria and has published several articles in journals and chapters in various books. She has attended several conferences both locally and internationallly. A life member of the Nigerian Economic Society, Professor Okojie has several academic awards, scholarships and fellowships.

Strengths: Governance, Strategy, Leadership, Financial Analysis, Risk Management and Social transformation.


Hon. Justice Nogi Aifuwa Imoukhuede - Member

Nogi Aifuwa Imoukhuede is a justice of the Edo State High Court. She holds Bachelor and Post-graduate degrees in law and worked with the Ministry of Justice, Bendel State (now Edo State) in various divisions for several years. She was a Councillor in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State (1994-1996) and has also worked with various NGOs and CBOs.

Hon. Justice Imoukhuede has attended several seminars on human rights organized by the Nigeria Bar Association, Workshop on administrative adjudication for local government officials, strategic planning at local government level, local government administration and finances in a depressed economy and a seminar on women in management. She has delivered several papers also. Hon. Justice Imoukhuede is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chairperson, Roots and Fruits Women Farmers Society of Nigeria (RUFARM), Project co-coordinator, Women’s Rights Watch, 100 Groups Edo State, NINCOF Nigeria NGO Consultative Forum, Edo State Advisory Committee on Women Development, Member, Policy Circle for Volunteering Support – Netherlands, Member IYV 2001 Committee, Edo State, Programme Research Secretary, Nigeria Rubber Farmers Association, Women in Law and Development in African (WILDAF) and Edo NGO Consultative forum. She chairs the legal committee of the board.

Strength: Governance, Leadership, People Management and Organizational Development.



Osagie Evbade Jane - Member

Osagie Jane is Edo State Coordinator, International Reproductive Rights Research Action Group (IRRRAG). She holds a Certificate in Fine and Applied Arts, College of Education Benin City, Bachelor's degree in Fine and Applied Arts from the Delta State University, Abraka and Masters degree in Social Works.

Osagie Jane is a member of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Member, National Association of Classroom Teachers, Financial Secretary, Nigeria Union of Teachers and Welfare Committee. She is a member of the Christian Women Fellowship (CWFI), Women in Nigeria (WIN), Edo State and Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF). She has attended several workshops, seminars and conferences within and outside Nigeria and has presented papers on Women Health and Environment, Harmful Traditional Practices and Widowhood in South West Nigeria and several other publications. She chairs the Social Empowerment Committee.

Strength: Policy Advocacy, Governance, Strategy, Leadership, Social transformation and Organizational Development.

Edward Osayomwanbor Aghimien - Member

Aghimien Edward Osayomwanbor, Chief Executive Officer, Esosa Investments Ltd and Human Resource Consult holds degrees in Economics and Marketing. He has attended courses in Strategy Formulation, Implementation, Leadership and Corporate Governance at the Stanford University, United States of America and International Management Programme in Marketing, Finance and Brand Management. He has vast experience in marketing and human resource management gained from various positions held in Johnholt, Kingsway Stores and Lever Brothers Plc where he was a Brand Manager. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom, Nigeria Marketing Association and the Nigeria Institute of Management.

Strength: Human Resource Development, Strategy and Corporate Governance.

David Osarumwense Osifo -    Member

He is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons in the Faculty of Paediatric Surgery and also holds a diploma in Neonatal Surgery. Dr. Osifo is the Deputy Editor-In-Chief of the African Journal of Paediatric Surgery and an International Reviewer of various Medical Journals including the Canadian Medical Association Journal and International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences.

He has numerous publications to his credit and belongs to several professional bodies including the International College of Surgeons (ICS), Pan African Paediatric Surgical Association (PAPSA) and the International Association of Paediatric Surgeons (IAPS). He is the South-South Zonal Co-ordinator, Association of Paediatric Surgeons of Nigeria and also Chairman, Governing Council, Edo State College of Agriculture. He brings to the board a wealth of experience in community health. 

Strength: Community Health, Health Monitoring and Evaluation. 

Osunde Omoruyi - Member

Osunde Omoruyi holds a doctorate degree in Poverty, Demographic and Inequality Change in Nigeria: Micro-simulation Analysis. He is a lecturer in the department of Sociology and Anthropology, the University of Benin. He has taught at the Institute of Continuing Education, Benson Idahosa University, all in Benin City and was an FGD Consultant with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He was a Senior Programme Officer with the Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) and Research Assistant with Women’s Health And Action Research Centre (WHARC). Osunde Omoruyi is a member of the International Micro Simulation Association, Nigerian Institute of Management, Nigerian Sociological and Anthropological Association and Society of Labour Economics. He has attended several conferences, seminars and training programmes locally and internationally and published several articles in journals and chapters in various books.

Strength: Governance, Strategy, Leadership, Risk Management and Social transformation.

Sabina Idowu-Osehobo - Member


Sabina Idowu-Osehobo is executive director, Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO). She holds a Diploma in Mass Communication and Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the then Edo State University, Ekpoma (1991-1997). Before joining LAPO in 1999 as a Programme Officer, she worked with various media organizations including The Nigerian Observer and Here and There magazine as editor.

Sabina is skilful in the design and implementation of social and health programmes. A highly experienced trainer, she has attended several courses in Project Management, Community Home-Based Care and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (CHBC/ PMTCT) and HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) organized by USAID/Pathfinders International in Abuja in 2004. She has certificates in HIV/AIDS mainstreaming in the workplace, organisational development and management, information and communications, project management, people management, proposal development method and financial management for non-financial managers amongst others. Sabina is arrow head of the LAPO advocacy programme. She is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and National Consultative Forum on Women and AIDS.

Strength: Advocacy, Governance, Strategy, Leadership, Social transformation and Organizational Development.