Health Sector

Theme: Resilient systems and Universal Coverage

13th - 14th November, 2020 | Zoom (online)

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Resilient Systems &
Universal Coverage

Join all the stakeholders of the health sector to engage with the Chairpersons of the House Committees on Health Services and Health Institutions; Rep. Dr. Yusuf Sununu and Rep. Dr. Pascal Obi, respectively.

The Sectoral Roundtable Session on health will examine the real-life performance of the health sector against the context of existing legislation and executive regulations; with the goal of developing industry consensus bills, motions, policy documents and other legislative interventions to address gaps in the sector.

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Keynote Speaker

Rep. Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu

Chairman, House Committee on Health Services

Rep. Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu, is the Chairman of the Committee on Health Services of the 9th House of Representatives.
Keynote Speaker

Rep. Dr. Pascal Obi

Chairman, House Committee on Health Institutions

Rep. Dr. Pascal Obi is the Chairperson of the Committee on Health Institutions of the 9th House of Representatives.
Host, Panelist

Rep. Benjamin Okezie Kalu

Official Spokesperson, House of Representatives

Rep. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, is the Chairperson, Committee on Media and Public Affairs of the House of Representatives.
Keynote Speaker, Panelist

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Honourable Minister of Health

Dr. Osagie E. Ehanire, the Honourable Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a Medical Doctor and an outstanding surgeon. He an indigene of Edo State in Nigeria. He holds a degree in Medicine from Ludwig Maximillians University, Munich. He also holds post graduate Diplomas from the Teaching Hospital of the University of Düsseldorf and Essen, Germany in the areas of Anaesthesiology, General Surgery, and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery. Dr. Osagie has rendered his services as a member of various medical Boards both within and outside Nigeria. He was Senior Registrar, Clinical Instructor of University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), and a Member of the old Bendel and Edo States Hospital Management Board, Consultant Surgeon, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Clinical Course instructor, Fracture Internal Fixation course, BG Accident Hospital, Duisburg, Germany.
Keynote Speaker, Panelist

Dr. Adeleke Mamora

Honourable Minister of State for Health

Mr. Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora, Honourable Minister of State for Health, was born on 16th February, 1953 in Lagos state, Nigeria. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Mamora, both of who were educationists.
He attended Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Ogun State before proceeding to University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Osun state where he obtained a B.Sc, Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Described as the master of parliamentary procedures, Mamora worked as Medical Director of a Medical Centre and a Company Medical Adviser in 1987 – 1998 and 1988 – 1992 respectively. Mamora was also appointed to committees on Upstream Petroleum Resources, Selection Committee, Health, and Federal Character & Inter-Government Affairs while serving as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2007.
In 2015, Mamora also served as the Deputy Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation during the 2015 presidential election
Speaker, Panelist

Ben Akabueze

Director General, Budget Office of the Federation

BEN AKABUEZE is currently the Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation.
Prior to this, he had served for many years as the Honourable Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Lagos State, Nigeria, having first been appointed by Governor Tinubu and then re-appointed for two terms by the then Governor Fashola.
Ben is a distinguished banker, accountant, development economist and administrator, he holds a first class B.Sc degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an Advanced Management Programme Certificate from the Lagos Business School.
He has attended several courses/conferences on banking, public finance and leadership in Nigeria and many other countries.
Ben is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators (FICA).
He has over 23 years experience in Accounting, Consulting and Banking, rising to the apex of the profession as Managing Director/Chief Executive of NAL Bank Plc (2000-2005), and Executive Director - Sterling Bank Plc from January to August 2006.
Ben Akabueze is very passionate about societal transformation and actively participates in programmes designed to bring the desired change in his country. In this respect, he serves on the Boards of the Apostles in the Marketplace, Society for National Transformation, etc.
He also pastors the Redeemed Christian Church of God – The King's Court Parish, with a congregation consisting mainly of professionals and business people.
Ben is the recipient of several academic, professional and community service awards.
Speaker, Panelist

Dr. Chikwe Ikekwazu

Director General NCDC

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu is the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and was until January 2018, the Acting Director of the Regional Centre for Disease Control for West Africa. Dr Ihekweazu trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has over 20 years' experience working in senior public health and leadership positions in several National Public Health Institutes, including the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the UK's Health Protection Agency, and Germany's Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Dr Ihekweazu has led several short- term engagements for WHO, mainly in response to major infectious disease outbreaks around the world including the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in February.
Speaker, Panelist

Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo

Executive Secretary, NHIS

Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo is the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Before his appointment, he was the Provost, College of Medicine, and Kaduna State University. Prof. Sambo, a Professor of Health Policy and Management, has an enviable academic and operational background in Health Care Financing. He graduated with an MBBS from the University of Jos in 1993, and a distinguished Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (2003), where he was the Best Candidate in the Final Fellowship examination. In the academic wing of his illustrious public service career, Professor Sambo held the positions of Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine, and Head, Department of Community Medicine, both at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Prof. Sambo was also prominent in the formative years of the NHIS, having served in the Scheme and attained the level of Assistant Director/Zonal Coordinator in the South West Zone of the Scheme. He was also the Assistant General Manager and Head of HMO Division at the NHIS Headquarters, in Abuja. He was seconded to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), where he was Assistant Director/Zonal Coordinator, North West Zone of the Agency. He served as a Member of the Ministerial Technical Working Group that developed the National Healthcare Financing Policy, a framework that largely facilitated the formal flag off of NHIS in June 2005 by President Olusegun Obasanjo. He was also a member of the Ministerial Technical Working Groups for the Public Private Partnership Policy on Health, the National Health Strategic Development Plan, and on National Health Policy. Professor Sambo’s scholarly distinction attracted national and international institutions, which engaged him as Consultant or Resource Person for strategic activities, such as the Health Sector Reform Agenda of the Federal Ministry of Health, Blueprint for Accelerating PHC Implementation in Nigeria, National Strategic Framework Development Committee of NACA and the National Health Council of Nigeria. He also worked on several projects with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Speaker, Panelist

Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo

WHO Country Representative to Nigeria

Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo is the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative to Nigeria
Speaker, Panelist

Dr. Ibrahim Wada, OON

Founder, NISA Premiere Hospital

Dr. Ibrahim Wada is a Chief Consultant Gynaecologist and Founder/CEO of Nisa Premier Hospital, Garki Hospital, Nisa Pharmaceuticals and Cell Genomics Abuja. He is also the Director of Institute of Medical Sciences Africa (IMSA). He obtained MBBS from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1980), MRCOG (1988); he also holds FRCOG, FWACS and MBA.
Dr Wada first became a Consultant Gynaecologist at Bourn Hall Clinic Cambridge, the world’s first Fertility & In vitro Fertilization (IVF) Centre, established by Pioneers Steptoe & Edward. He returned to Nigeria in 1994 as Chief Consultant Gynaecologist at Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital. Dr Wada rose to become Director of Clinical Services /CMAC National Hospital Abuja in 2002. He later became the Pioneer Medical Director of Garki Hospital, the first wholesome Public Private Partnership with the Federal Capital Territory.
His other contributions include one of the earliest IVF births in Nigeria, Hanatu who recently graduated with a 1st Class degree from a European University. He has also contributed significantly to the development of Gynaecological Endoscopy in Nigeria.
The Federal Government of Nigeria honoured Dr Wada with the award of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) in 2006. He is a keen golfer.
Speaker, Panelist

Prof. Kevin Chika Urama

Senior Director, African Development Institute

Prof. Kevin Chika Urama, FAAS is currently the Senior Director of the African Development Institute at the African Development Bank Group, responsible for shaping and leading the bank-wide capacity development in the Regional Member Countries (RMCs) to accelerate delivery of the High 5 priorities of the Bank, the SDGs and Agenda 2063. He is also an elected Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS); a Distinguished Professor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka; an Extra-Ordinary Professor in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; an Adjunct Professor at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Murdoch University, Western Australia; an Expert Partner of the Africa Progress Group Chaired by Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and was Visiting Professor at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London.
Speaker, Panelist

Dr Ola Brown Orekunrin

MD, Flying Doctors Nigeria

Dr Ola studied medicine and surgery at the Hull York Medical School after which she worked in Acute Medicine in the UK. She then went on to be awarded the Japanese MEXT scholarship which allowed her to further her studies in Tokyo, Japan, the fellowship focused on lab-based research with induced pluripotent stem cells. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Finance and Economic Policy at the University of London.
Her post-graduate areas of study also include Pre-hospital Emergency care, Healthcare leadership and Healthcare delivery. She has a certificate in Economic policy making from IE business school, Spain and a certificate in Accounting for decision making from the University of Michigan in the United States.
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Event schedule


Reprioritising Government Spending on Health: 20 years of Abuja Declaration 2001

This session will evaluate Nigeria’s responsibilities under the African Union Abuja Declaration of 2001 and other workable modes of health financing under the present and foreseeable economic condition of the country.


Building a Resilient Health System: Lessons from Covid-19

This session will examine creative interventions that can be adopted for a more resilient and sustainable health system in Nigeria. It will also assess the performance of primary health centres in Nigeria and the inclusion of rural population in basic health care.


Capital Flight and Brain Drain in the Health Sector

This session will examine and proffer interventions to address the impact of medical tourism and brain drain on Nigeria’s health sector and overall economy.


Universal Coverage: Health Insurance and Tax-based Financing

Towards the consensus that health care should be accessible and affordable to all Nigerians, this session will examine the performance of health insurance in Nigeria as against a tax-based financing approach.

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