The Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO), in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, cordially invites government functionaries and agencies, health administrators, development partners, professional associations and other critical stakeholders in development to the 28th Annual LAPO Development Forum.

Theme: Promoting Community-Based Cancer Control Programme in Nigeria: The LAPO-C4 Initiative
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Venue: Yar’Adua International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Time: 10am Prompt

Chairman: His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, Former President of Nigeria
Special Guest of Honour: His Excellency, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe CFR, Ex-Edo State Deputy Governor and Chief of Staff to the Nigeria President
Guest Speaker: Prof Omokhoa Adeleye, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Benin /Consultant, UBTH
Co-Host: Dr. Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, Hon. Minister of Health,

Host: Godwin Ehigiamusoe PhD. CEO, LAPO

Physical Attendance: Facilitators/Key Guests
Zoom Webinar: Stakeholders/General Public


Initiated in 1994, the Annual LAPO Development Forum has become a faculty of development in its own right. The Annual Conferencing consists of high-profile plenary lectures and technical sessions with inputs from key sectors of the economy. The theme of the first edition of the Forum held in 1994 was “The Nigerian Economy and the Poor (1984-1994). Discussions and conclusions at that session reinforced our belief that sustainable approach to poverty alleviation must go beyond charity and directed at strengthening the income capacity of the poor.

Over the years, the Forum has stimulated discourse on the development agenda in Nigeria and Africa with very realistic solutions canvassed by guest lecturers and conferees. Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prof. Charles Soludo and Hon. Justice Samson Uwaifo JSC (Rtd) are among prominent Nigerians who have featured as chairmen or keynote paper presenters at previous editions of the Forum.


The main objectives of the 28th Annual LAPO Annual Development Forum are:

  1. To examine the state and challenges inhibiting community-based cancer prevention, treatment and control programme in Nigeria.
  2. To appraise the LAPO-C4 project strategies, performance and challenges.
  3. To advocate workable policies and strategies to ensure access to quality cancer prevention and treatment service in rural communities
  4. To harness national strategies and policies for an effective community-based cancer control programme in Nigeria.


  • A well-documented and publicized report containing presentations, discussions, major conclusions and recommendations capable of improving access to quality cancer care in Nigeria.
  • Implementation of new and existing policies capable of driving the development of cancer prevention and treatment in Nigerian communities.


  1. Hon. Ministers and Commissioners in Health, Budget & National Planning Ministries
  2. Federal & State Legislators
  3. Senate & House Committees on Health, Budget & National Planning
  4. Federal & State Ministries of Health
  5. Federal Capital Territory Administration
  6. Executive Secretary/Permanent Secretary/Director of Ministries, Departments & Agencies (MDAs)
  7. National Cancer Control Programme
  8. Chief Medical Directors of Teaching Hospitals with Cancer registries
  9. International NGOs & Development Agencies
  10. The Diplomatic Community
  11. World Health Organisation (WHO)
  12. ECOWAS Commission
  13. West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO)
  14. Benin Medical Care
  15. First Ladies Against Cancer (FLAC), Nigeria
  17. International NGOs, Development Agencies & Foundation
  18. The Diplomatic Community (Foreign missions in Nigeria)
  19. First Ladies Against Cancer (FLAC), Nigeria
  20. German Int’l Cooperation
  21. Canadian Int’l Development Agency (CIDA)
  22. USAID
  23. European Union
  24. British Council
  25. PIND Foundation.
  26. Pathfinder International
  27. Bill Gate Foundation
  28. Management Science for Health
  29. MTN Foundation
  30. Dangote Foundation
  31. TY Danjuma Foundation
  32. Muritala Muhammed Foundation
  33. Access to Education for Children
  34. Access To Justice
  35. Action Health Incorporated (AHI)
  36. ActionAid International Nigeria
  37. Africa Citizens Development Foundation
  38. Africa Youth Growth Foundation (AYGF)
  39. Business and Professional Women – Nigeria (BPW)
  40. Care For Life
  41. Caring Hands International (CHI)
  42. Caritas International
  43. Fate Foundation
  44. Guildance Community Development Foundation
  45. LEAP Africa
  46. Yakubu Gowon Foundation
  47. Tony Elumelu Foundation
  48. Women’s Rights Advancement & Protection Alternative (WRAPA)
  49. Nigeria Medical Association (NMA)
  50. Trade & Professional Associations                                                           

FORUM Partners

  • Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH)
  • State Ministry of Health (Edo, Imo, Rivers)
  • Federal Ministry of Federal Capital Territory
  • National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP)
  • United Bank for Africa (UBA)
  • First Bank
  • Union Bank
  • Zenith Bank
  • WEMA Bank, etc.
  • Benin Medical Care (BMC)
  • LAPO Microfinance Bank (LMFB)
  • Micro-Investment Support Services (MISS)
  • First Ladies Against Cancer
  • Partners for Development
  • Society for Family Health (SFH)
  • Action Aid International, Nigeria (AAIN)
  • Pathfinder International Nigeria


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For further information on the Annual LAPO Development Forum, contact:

Honestus Ayobami Obadiora PhD
Executive Director: +234 806 6981901

James-Wisdom Abhulimen
Head, Communications & Advocacy
Tel: (+234) 816 3706505, 705 9493989

Rosemary Okwuobi 
Manager, Health & Special Projects
Tel: (+234) 813 3994016


LAPO is a pro-poor community development organization founded in 1987 by Dr. Godwin Eseiwi Ehigiamusoe while working as a Rural Cooperative Officer at Ogwashi-Uku in the defunct Bendel State. Over the years, the organisation has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through the implementation of innovative credit, health and social development programmes targeting disadvantaged groups. LAPO projects include flexible microfinance services, advocacy, social inclusion and health interventions which include cancer prevention, HIV, malaria and other public health emergencies such as Lassa fever and Coronavirus.

Since 2016, LAPO has been implementing the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) project with FCT, Lagos, Edo, Imo and Rivers as focal states. The experiences and outcomes of the project are quite revealing and informed the choice of the theme for this year’s Forum. With a full-time staff of 10,121, LAPO has developed into a system of institutions that meet the needs of the poor in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. It is a major investor in LAPO Microfinance Bank, a foremost microfinance institution in Africa; LAPO Microfinance Company, Sierra Leone; Benin Medical Care, a medical and diagnostic facility in Benin City and Goxi Micro-Insurance Company. #LAPO.ORG.


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