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. 


Osarenren Emokpae PhDChair-person

He has over 25 years’ professional experience spanning Marketing, Finance, Corporate consulting and the Academia. He holds a Masters degree in Economics and a PhD in Business Administration. He is an alumnus of Oxford University. He is currently the Chairman, Board of Directors.


Godwin Ehigiamusoe PhD - Member

He is an acknowledged Microfinance practitioner who began his involvement in microfinance and microenterprise development as a rural Co-operative Officer before he founded LAPO, a successful pro-poor microfinance institution with operations in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. He holds a Doctorate degree in Policy and Development Studies with emphasis on Microfinance Policy and Regulatory Frameworks. He has authored Understanding NGOs (1998); Poverty and Microfinance in Nigeria (2000); Issues in Microfinance: Enhancing Financial Inclusion (2011). He is currently the Managing Director, LAPO Microfinance Bank.


 

Elizabeth Ngozi Ehigiamusoe  - Member

Mrs. Ehigiamusoe is the Managing Director of Micro-Investment Support Services Limited (MISS). She holds M.Sc. degree in Financial Management (2011) and B.Sc. degree in Accounting (2007) from the University of Benin, Nigeria.
Ehigiamusoe is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (London), the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and the Nigeria Institute of Management. She has attended several management training programmes within and outside the country including the Lagos Business School ( 2008) and Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany (2007).


Elizabeth Eguasa Nekpen Esq - Member

She holds Barrister at Law (BL) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the Nigerian Law School the University of Benin, Benin City respectively. She also holds an Associate Degree in Secretariat Science from the Miami-Dade Comm. College, USA and a certificate in General Management from the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON).
Elizabeth Eguasa serves as a Principal Partner in E.N. Eguasa and Co. and has also served as Chairperson, Board of Directors of Micro Investment Support Services Limited. She was a Director in three government establishments in Edo State, Nigeria.


Edward Osayomwanbor Aghimien -    Member

Aghimien holds degrees in Economics and Marketing. He has attended courses in Strategy Formulation, Implementation, Leadership and Corporate Governance at the Stanford University, USA as well as International Management Programme in Marketing, Finance and Brand Management. He has vast experience in marketing and human resource management gained from various positions 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.


Dorcas Osahenrumwen Thorpe - Member

Thorpe heads the Alternative Delivery Channel (ADC) Group in LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited and has background in information technology, project management, financial services and customer relationship. She holds MSc degree in Computer Information and Networks from the University of Essex, United Kingdom (2013) and B.Sc. degree in Information Technology and Networking from the Middlesex University, United Kingdom (2011).
A member of the Institute of Customer Relationship Management and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, she is skilful in Agent Network Management, Project Management and Customer Relationship Management, Creative Designs and Software Development. Her achievements include launching the Agent Banking Operations of LAPO MfB and using cards for financial transactions.


Dr. Oyefemi Margaret Obazee - Member

She is a consultant Ophthalmologist with Echos Hospital, NNPC Medical Centre and Faith Mediplex Hospital, Benin City and a Part time Ophthalmologist Residency Trainer at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), , Benin City, Edo state.
A fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS), she holds Bachelor of Medicine Surgery (MBBS) degrees from the University of Ibadan.


Sabina Idowu-Osehobo - Member

Idowu-Osehobo is Executive Director, Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the then Edo State University, Ekpoma (1991-1997) and a Diploma in Mass Communication and has 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 the arrow head of LAPO advocacy programme. She is a member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and National Consultative Forum on Women and AIDS.