GAN Executive Council

Meet the members of GAN’s Executive Council

Professor Usman Ahmed

MBBS MRCP DCN CCST FRCPI FRSM MA MBA MPA

President

Professor Usman Ahmed graduated MBBS from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

He undertook his postgraduate training in General (Internal) Medicine & Geriatric Medicine & Stroke Medicine in the United Kingdom (UK) culminating with the Certificate of Completion of Specialty Training (CCST) in October, 1999. 

He then started clinically, as Consultant Physician & Geriatrician at North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester, UK where he remained for nearly 15 years until March 2014. 

During this period, he was also engaged academically with the University of Manchester Medical School and the School of Health Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester, UK where he was subsequently appointed Professor of Health Sciences.

He was appointed Professor of Medicine and pioneer Provost College of Medicine & Health Sciences at Federal University Dutse (FUD), Jigawa State, Nigeria in April 2014 to help set up a new Medical School and successfully completed this assignment by April 2017. 

Together with colleagues, he helped found the Geriatrics Association of Nigeria (GAN) in 2015, of which he is pioneer & current President.

He has since been on sabbatical in Canada, clinically as Consultant Physician & Geriatrician at a Centre of Excellence for Care of the Elderly, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Saint John, NB & Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, NB.

He is also Chair of the Medicine Quality Improvement Committee (MQIC).

Academically, he is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University (DAL), and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) at the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Medical School Campus, teaching undergraduates & postgraduates, supervising and undertaking a portfolio of research in various aspects of Geriatric Medicine leading to a few publications.

Dr ADEBUSOYE Lawrence Adekunle

MBBS, FWACP, FMCFM, MSc. Epid. MNIM, DGM(SA).

Secretary

Dr Lawrence ADEBUSOYE is a family physician and geriatrician at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He received his MBBS degree from the University of Ibadan. He is a fellow of the Faculty of Family medicine of the West African College of Physicians (WACP) and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN). He is also an examiner to both colleges. He has the diploma in Geriatric Medicine of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (DGM. SA). Dr Adebusoye has been involved with geriatric medicine since 2002. His fellowship dissertation and Masters in epidemiology thesis were on the care of older persons. Dr Adebusoye is the director of the first geriatric centre in Nigeria (Chief Tony Anenih Geriatric centre, UCH). He is a member of the Oxford Institute of Aging (Oxford University, UK), African Research Network on Aging, African Gerontology Society (AGES) and National Institute of Management of Nigeria (NIM). Dr Adebusoye has research works and publications on geriatric medicine. He has delivered conference papers on the care of older persons.

Dr. Ogugua Osi-Ogbu

MBBS, MD., FWACP

Treasurer

Dr. Ogugua Osi-Ogbu is a physician with diverse wealth of clinical training, practice, and notable bedside manners. She obtained her basic medical degree from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in 1988 and went on to commence residency training in Internal Medicine at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (1992 to 1993).  She subsequently completed residency training in Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with board certification in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Her clinical practice spans 3 countries: Nigeria, Kenya and the United States but has travelled to close to 20 countries mostly for professional activities.

 Dr. Osi-Ogbu has been Head, Department of Internal Medicine, Deputy Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee (DCMAC) and Acting Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee (Ag. CMAC), at the National Hospital Abuja.

She is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (WACP)and currently Chief Consultant Physician and Geriatrician heading the Geriatrics unit of the department of Medicine, National Hospital Abuja. She co-authored the curriculum for Geriatrics subspecialty training for the WACP, a body charged with training subspecialists in the West African subregion.

Dr. Osi-Ogbu has contributed immensely to the growing awareness in Nigeria of Geriatrics and the wellbeing of older adults through multiple presentations made to professional and non professional bodies as well as interviews granted on radio, television and print media.

Dr. Osi-Ogbu is the interim Assistant Secretary General (West Africa) of the African society for Ageing Research and Development (ASARD) and treasurer for the Geriatrics association of Nigeria. She is also member of various local and international professional organizations: American Geriatrics Society, American College of Physicians, Medical Women’s association of Nigeria and Nigerian Medical association.

She is married and blessed with 3 children.

Dr. Emem Omokaro

Public Relations Officer (PRO)

Dr. Emem Omokaro is the founder and Chief Executive Director of The Dave Omokaro Foundation (DOF), the leading organization in ageing in Nigeria in National Capacity Building through advocacy, Research, Eduction and Training, and Stakeholders’ Engagements for mainstreaming of ageing in Nigeria’s development agenda and improved  quality  of life  of older  persons. The mission  is to  enable  effective

response to challenges and opportunities in ageing. Emem is co- founder and Secretary General of the African Society for Ageing Research and Development (ASARD), she is a respected International Resource Person on Ageing Conference Circuit and Core Team Member, Nigeria’s Population Technical

Working Group of the National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development. She is also co-founder

and member Board of Trustees of Coalition of Societies for the Right of Older Persons in Nigeria and founding executive member of Geriatrics Association of Nigeria.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Development and Sociology from the University of Calabar, Nigeria (2004); and Certificate in Social Gerontology from the United Nations Institute on Ageing, Malta (2011). Her  doctoral  thesis  received  the  National  Doctoral  Thesis  Award  for  Best  Ph.D.  Thesis  in  Social

Sciences in Nigerian Universities during 2005 with its new conceptual model of “Adult Children care of Elderly

Parents as an Act of Decision Making leading to the pursuit of a paradigm Shift from family as sole support system to an All-inclusive model of Care for Elderly Persons in Nigeria”. Dr. Omokaro’s research focus, international conference engagements and participation at United Nation’s fora have imbued her with an in-depth understanding of population dynamics and the socio-economic, cultural and environmental challenges and inherent opportunities in ageing, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.

She has served at various times as Visiting and LEADS Scholar at the National Universities Commission facilitating the development of Benchmark Statements and Minimum Academic Standards and the training of faculty in gerontology and geriatrics in Nigerian Universities with grants from Nigeria’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund. Her initial 3- year Visiting Scholar Placement was through the Dave Omokaro Memorandum of Understanding with the National Universities Commission on collaborations to explore and initiate opportunities to develop ageing studies. She has forged National and international partnerships and collaborations with relevant stakeholders including the International Institute on  Ageing UN-Malta to build capacity of Nigeria’s policy makers and personnel engaged in services delivery to older persons . Through her dogged commitment and work profile, the Dave Omokaro Foundation has successfully co-pioneered gerontology education in Nigeria and

Is leading national advocacy for a legislative agenda on issues of older persons.

Dr Emem Omokaro Initiated and Facilitated the Inaugural National Summit on Ageing in Nigeria (2014). She served as;

⚪ Initiator and Advocate for a Policy on Ageing in collaboration with Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Nationa/Human Rights Commission,  Nigeria. (2012- present)

⚪  Initiator and advocate for Age Friendly Primary Health  Care Centres in Rural Areas in Nigeria (2013-present),Presently processing a Memorandum of Understanding on Expanding Gerontology and Geriatric Education to Primary Health Professionals with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency

⚪ Advocate for Recognition of Older Persons as Heightened Vulnerable in Emergency Situation in Nigeria (2013-present)

⚪ Initiator of the Intergenerational Multi-level Multi-Sectoral Forum on Ageing and Legislation in Collaboration with House of Representatives (2016)

Policy Initiatives

⚪ Partnership with the National Population Commission as member of Population Technical Working Committee to mainstream Ageing into National Population Policy

; National Policy on Population currently under Review (2015)

⚪ Collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and World Health Organization (WHO) to evolve a National Geriatric Health Strategy: appointed Technical Partner on Stakeholder’s Consultative Meeting on Healthy Ageing and Geriatric Care in Nigeria (2014)

International Accomplishments

⚪ United Nations Accreditation of Dave Omokaro Foundation for sixth working session of the OEWG on Ageing, (2015)

⚪ Statement was made at UN by Dave Omokaro Foundation (Executive Director) at the 4th and 6th Sessions of Open-Ended Working Group in Support of UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons (2015)

⚪ Appointed by IFA/GAROP and Moderated NGO Morning Briefing organized by Global

Alliance for the Rights of Older Persons (GAROP) at the 6th UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (2015)

⚪ United Nations registration of Dave Omokaro Foundation as Observer at the 4th

UN-Open-Ended-Working Group on Ageing (2013)

⚪ Appointed by UN- OEWG Bureau and Moderated 3rd Panel on Social Security and  Older Persons’ Right to Health at 4th Session of UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (2013)

⚪ Secured Program Partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding with International Institute on Ageing UN-Malta (INIA) adopting DOF as Host organization and INIA’s training partner in Nigeria

⚪  Secured annual award of INIA scholarship to one Nigerian Candidate nominated by DOF

for admission into the Institute’s Program (3 Nigerians been awarded and trained so far).

⚪   Appointed   Nigeria’s   Delegate   to   the   UN  General   Assembly   and   involved   in its

preparatory work on thematic areas of Social Development-Ageing and Issues of Older Persons (2013-Present)

⚪ Appointed delegate of Nigeria to the United Nations International Conference on

Population and Development (ICPD) and involved in its preparatory  work (2013-present)

⚪ Invited by International Federation on Ageing to present a Paper on ‘Intergenerational

Solidarity’ and to Chair the Session on Productive Ageing at the International Istanbul

Initiative on Ageing organized by IFA and Turyak Seniors Council Association (2013)

⚪ DOF (Executive Director’s) participation and presentation of paper on Panel on Elder

Abuse at International Conference organized by International Federation on  Ageing (IFA) (2013)

⚪ Lead Presenter; ‘Ageing in Nigeria’ at Center on Ageing, University of Manitoba, Canada,

Annual Spring Symposium on Ageing (2014). Secured  informal  Program collaboration on Age Friendly City Initiatives.

APPOINTMENTS

United Nations Accreditation

The Dave Omokaro Foundation to the sixth working session of the OEWG on Ageing, 2015

Honorary Consultant on Ageing and Issues of Older Persons to Federal Government of Nigeria National Conference, 2014:

Invited by the Federal Government on Committee on Social Welfare and Rights of Senior Citizens; Her

submission on ageing added to the quality of discourse on Social Development and Strategic Framework on Ageing and enhanced value of Report of Conference

Member, Editorial Board

International Institute on Ageing UN-Malta Journal of Ageing in Developing Countries 2014 – present

Guest Editor

The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology: Special Edition on Ageing in Nigeria Volume 12, No, June 2014

National Accomplishments

Pioneered Gerontology and Geriatric Education in Nigerian (2013 – Present)

Dr. Omokaro identified the need to introduce educational programs in the field of gerontology and geriatrics, to build sustainable capacity production for skilled personnel to enhance services delivery to older persons in the health and social service sector in Nigeria.

Her work as Visiting Scholar yielded the development of Post Graduate Benchmark Statement and Minimum Academic Standards (PGBMAS) in Post Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Gerontology in eleven (11) selected Nigerian universities.

Facilitated the Institutional Collaboration with the University of North Texas (UNT) Denton USA, for the training of twenty-four academic staff from eleven Nigerian Universities with visiting scholar placements at UNT, for the Specialist in Ageing Certificate.

Facilitated the first ever Stakeholders’ Consultative meeting between the National Universities Commission and the West African College of Physicians, National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and the

Colleges of Medicine in Nigerian Universities for the development of Masters  program in Geriatrics.(2015) Consensus reached at the forum and the commitment of solidarity by stakeholders was the breakthrough in Nigeria for an academic program in Geriatrics, besides the sub-specialization programs for Residents.

Forged Innovative Partnerships for Capacity Building on Ageing in Nigeria

Dr. Emem Omokaro initiates National and International conferences, and forges innovative partnerships that draw on a broad range of expertise to build capacity for Ageing in Nigeria.

⚪ Recognition and Appointment of Dave Omokaro Foundation by the International Institute on Ageing INIA UN-Malta as Collaborating Host Organization in Nigeria and one of INIA’s Global Training Partners on Ageing

⚪ Memorandum of understanding with International Institute on Ageing (INIA) UN-Malta for

In-situ Training in Ageing Policy, Policy Implementation Monitoring, and Evaluation and other related courses in Nigeria (2015)

⚪ Secured annual training of personnel from Nigeria at UN-Malta with INIA Scholarship Award for

one qualified Nigerian for INIA’s Training Programs ,endorsed by DOF

⚪ Program partnership with WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health on Monthly Healthy Ageing Community Forum for older persons (2015-)

⚪ Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Orientation Agency for the promotion of Healthy Ageing and Inter-generational age friendly initiatives (2015-)

⚪ Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Federal Institute of Industrial Research Ohodi (FIIRO) on Research and Promotion of Ageing and Nutrition: Collaborated on a National Symposium on Advancing Health and Well-being into old Age (2013)

⚪ Collaborated with the International Institute on Ageing UN-Malta, University of Valparaiso Indiana U.S.A, and the National Universities Commission on an “International Seminar on Harnessing Expertise and Realizing the Potential of Nigerian Universities to Build National Capacity in the Field of Ageing” (2011

Documentary on Ageing in Nigeria

Dr Emem Omokaro is passionate about changing atti tudes and behaviors of the society towards older people. The Dave Omokaro Foundation commissioned Talking Eyes Media and Ed Kashi to develop a documentary on Ageing in Nigeria, targeted at advancing public information, education and dialogue on the challenges of the elderly in order to affect atti tude, policy, legislation and programs as well as resource mobilization and expansion of support system for care of older persons (2015-).

Developed Models of Senior Citizens Community Center

Dr Emem Omokaro advocates for the active engagement of elders as productive members of society. The Senior Citizens Community Centers aim to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of the elderly in Nigeria by providing a platform for public and private sector collaboration in promoting successful ageing through education and training, family counseling, medical and social-care services provision, access to livelihood opportunities, recreation, entertainment and  a wide variety of caring mechanisms.

PREVIOUS APPOITMENTS

CEO

First Davem Investment Limited (1992-2009) Leadership and Management

Board Director

International Merchant Bank (1994-1999) Policy and Top Management Engagements

Lecturer

The Polytechnic Calabar (1984)

5yr Tenure with M.sc degree in Development Sociology

ADDITIONALHONOURS/AWARDS

Mobil Scholarship Award (1977-1980) Louis Edet Prize in Sociology (1980)

University of Calabar Foundation Scholarship Award Louis (1982-1984)

Nigerian National Merit Award for Arts and Culture, (1994) Distinguished Alumni Award of Excellence

Department of Sociology Alumni, University of Calabar,( 2010)

University of Valparaiso INDIANA USA Award of Excellence and Recognition

For Outing Contributions to the Establishment of Valpo-African Institute, (2013)

AFFILIATIONS

International Institute on Ageing, UN-Malta International Federation on Ageing (IFA)

International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) African Society for Ageing Research and Development (ASARD) INTEREST AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

Motivational Speaker, Mentor and Poet First collection ‘Beyond Dreams’

Second collection; ‘Broken Wings and Flight’ in press

Creator Putti ng Poetry Back in Schools- A Youth- Mind Development Program

Promoting poetry writing and recital competition among secondary school students in Nigeria and reactivating poetry clubs. This platform has provided avenue for youth mentorship and distribution of IEC (Information, Education and Communication) materials to participating schools.

Publications

Published in many journals.