The Founder of Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO), Godwin Ehigiamusoe has been conferred with an honorary Degree of Science (D.SC) by the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

The award is in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the area of empowerment of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), promotion of entrepreneurship and business leadership in Nigeria and in sub-Sahara Africa.

In his citation, the orator of the University of Benin, Prof. Eddy Erhagbe said Ehigiamusoe’s career journey embodies tenacity, continuous development, empathy for humanity, spotting and solving social problems and sharing his experience of building a social enterprise with very useful advice to upcoming social entrepreneurs.

Prof. Erhagbe said LAPO has over the years been channeling its energy, efforts and resources into activities that promote gender parity and investing in programmes directed at empowering and lifting women and girls from the grip of poverty, ignorance and diseases.

He said the organization in 2015 alone, improved the health status of over 200,000 community members mainly women across the country, with basic information and services including health screening for malaria, HIV, hepatitis, blood sugar and blood pressure with referrals to government approved facilities.

Between January and October this year 2016, Prof. Erhagbe said LAPO reached a total of 521,574 with health services. 287,325 women were empowered with our various Social Empowerment Services while 3,658 benefitted from our Legal Aid programme.

In his response, Dr. Ehigiamusoe said he initiated LAPO in 1987 while working as a rural co-operative officer in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State to address the tentacles of poverty such as economic powerlessness, material deprivation, poor health and social exclusion.