Key Resources People

TAYO AJIROTUTU                                    - CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST

Tayo proceeded to Enugu State University of Science & Technology for a degree in Psychology  which he completed in 1996.  His primary place in his National Youth Service Corps assignment,  took him to the Yaba Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Lagos, in 1997.

His academic processes and efficiency in service earned him employment at the Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, in the same year, when national service came to an end.  Also, the quest for more knowledge and advancement in his profession as a psychologist, took him to University of Lagos, Akoka for a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, 2003, which was sponsored by his employees. He has spent 13 years so far in service to humanity and to the development of mental health in Nigeria. Currently he serves at Yaba Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital as  Principal Clinical Psychologist.

Project role/Responsibility: Resource person for all modules involving the psycho-social development of children.

AKIN GABRIEL - CHILD PYSCHOLOGIST

Akin graduated from the University of Nigeria , Nsukka with second class upper in 1994 and a masters in psychology [clinical psychology] from University of Lagos.

His professional area of interest lies in emotional disorders children; emotional disorders in People living with HIV\AIDS and substance use disorders.

Presently he is employed as a Clinical Psychologist with the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, where he is involved in the treatment of referred cases and in the use of  various  psychological instruments, and psychotherapy procedures. He has attended and delivered lectures at various seminars and conferences for various purposes including substance abuse, child\adolescent psychiatry, disaster management and psychotherapy, across the country.

He is also a part time lecturer at the Federal School of Occupational Therapy, Yaba, Lagos

 His research work includes:

  • Sex an Age difference in time estimation
  • Assessment and treatment of illness behaviour in people living with HIV\AIDS

Akin is a member of the Nigeria Association of Clinical Psychologist.

Project role/Responsibility: Resource person for all modules involving the psycho-social development of children.

ABI AYOKU - PLAY SPECIALIST

Abiodun Noelle AYoku (nee Akpata) has a Bachelor of Arts degree in African Languages and Linguistics from the University of Benin. She has been entertaining children for over 15 years. She has worked extensively with children of various ages and marvels continuously at how, with a little organization, the best of a child is brought out in something as simple as playing. With her sparkling imagination, creativity and musical fun, she brings out the best in children while they have fun.

With the advantage of speaking fluent French, she is also able to cut across borders as children  have learnt words from other languages through the medium of play. Abi has three children of her own and is unanimously the children’s entertainment choice. Its very simple she always says…The world needs to play –  just play. 

Project Role/Responsibility: Resource person for ‘The Importance of Play & Baby Stimulation’

DR. WENIYU ALLI - PEDIATRIC DOCTOR

Dr. Weniyu Ali attended the University of Ibadan, where he studied medicine and surgery, his career objective is to serve humanity to the best of his ability and to protect the younger generation. His health and training experience includes the following:

  • HYPERTENSION AND ITS COMPLICATIONS TO  STAFF OF NIGERIA CUSTOMS OKE   MOSAN, ABEOKUTA                           
  • STRESS MANAGEMEN TO  HEADS OF MINISTRY TO  FEDERAL  SEC, OKE MOSAN, ABEOKUTA                 
  • HIV/ HIV/AIDS MYTH AND MGT TO CARE GIVERSOF CHIDREN HOME MELROSE SUITEV/I LAGOS      
  • HIV/AIDS MGT TO CARE GIVER OF CHILDREN HOME BISHOP KELLY PASTORAL CENTRE BENIN 
  • HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES (IMPORTANCE OF SCREENING ) TO MARKET MEN AND WOMEN MARKET SQUARE ODE-LEMO
  • HIV/AIDS MGT/IMMUNIZATION TO CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN HOMES  ALGADAMA STATION JOS NORTH         

Project role/Responsibility: Resource person for child and maternal health modules.

BANKOLE SOGELOLA - SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATOR

Bankole Sogelola is a certified special educationist from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He teaches gifted and talented children, and possesses complementary skills in handling children with learning disabilities and developmental problems. Bankole has been practicing with great passion for the past four years in schools such as Standard Bearers School, Lekki, Lagos where he was the Coordinator of Special Needs Education, He is presently employed by Greensprings School, Lekki, Lagos as a Special Needs Educator, working with children with learning disabilities and various kinds of developmental problems. Also in practice, as a means of community service, he has been involved in the training of caregivers of children at risk. These seminars focus on the physical, cognitive and psychological development of children with special needs and bring awareness to society on how to help these children.

Project Role/Responsibility: Resource person for Special Needs Education module.

BUKOLA DANIEL-DUROTIWON - LABOUR LAWYER

Bukola graduated from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) in 2001 with a second class upper degree.  She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2002.  She then served as a Pupil State Counsel in the Taraba State Ministry of Justice, Jalingo.  In 2003, she joined KPMG Professional Services where she obtained extensive experience in tax and regulatory advisory services and forensics. She joined the law firm of Ikeyi & Arifayan in February 2008.

Project role/Responsibility: Resource person for ‘Health, Hygiene & Safety in Communities’ module.

OLAIDE OYENUGA -HEALTH EDUCATIONIST

Mrs.  Olaide Oyenuga  Health Educationist with the Lagos State Aids Control Agency . Her

training experience is wide and varied and includes:

  • Family life education lectures in public secondary schools in Lagos Island, Eti-Osa and Ikeja local Governments.
  • Community Health Education on various health topics at the LGAs mentioned above
  • Family life HIV/AIDS education in various communities within the state
  • Training of trainers workshop organized by New era foundation for secondary school teachers in Lagos State in October 2006
  • HIV sensitization of Out of School Youth in various local governments in Lagos State
  • Participation in the HIV/AIDS Response Sustainability Assessment 2008
  • Facilitatation of various workshops ‘Child Rights for  Caregivers’ in Lagos, Kaduna ,Edo, Ogun and Plateau states

Her professional qualifications include: BSc  Health Education, Adv Dip in Health Education, and RSH  Dip.

Project role/Responsibility: Resource person for public health education modules.

SARAH SEEWOESTER – CAIN - EDITOR

Sarah Seewoester-Cain earned bachelors of Journalism and Arts (Spanish) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Since then, she has worked professionally as an editor specializing in academic and technical publications.  During Sarah’s tenure at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (2001-07),  she served as editor, layout designer, and manager of AAPD’s two academic journals (Pediatric Dentistry and The Journal of Dentistry for Children).  In addition, Sarah edited AAPD’s bimonthly marketing newsletter, edited and managed production of the AAPD Reference Manual, and wrote, edited, and managed AAPD Web site content.

Most recently, Sarah edited the academic book “The Military and Domestic Politics: A Concordance Theory of Civil-Military Relations” published by Routledge in 2008.  Sarah now works as a freelance editor and layout professional. She is also a published author of feature stories (in The Daily Texan and Austin American-Statesman), and her academic materials have appeared in published media (Pediatric Dentistry) and at numerous academic conferences. Sarah currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria with her husband, Brian.

Project role/Responsibility: Caregivers Training Programme Manual editor and layout designer

PROGRAMME ADVISORS

  • Gabi Williams, former Director, Public Health & Disease Control, Fed. Min of Health/former WHO National Liaison Officer (Nigeria)
  • Remi Desalu, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health
  • Professor Sarah Oloko, Social Anthropolgist, University of Lagos
  • Brigid O’ Connor, Deputy Chief of Party, Family Health International, Abuja, Nigeria

RESEARCH SOURCES

Publications:

-USAID/NIGERIA Country Strategic Plan 2004 – 2009 (notably Strategic Objective 13)

-‘Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to achieve the Millenium Development Goals’. UN Millenium Project (notably, a chapter 10, ‘Africa’s Special Needs & chapter 18, ‘The benefits: the case for a decade of bold ambition’)

-‘Nigeria: People, Environment & Development’ Community Conservation Development Initiatives (CCDI 2000: a national NGO)

-‘Spotlight on Cities: Improving urban health in developing countries’ World Health Organisation

-‘The Nigerian Child: Now and In the Future’ Federal Ministry of Health & Unicef

-‘Protection and Violation of Child Rights in Nigeria: An Overview, Sarah. B.A. Oloko

 

Conferences:

-1st African Regional Consultative Conference on the Role of Parliamentarians in the Protection and Development of the Almajiri Child (Kaduna 2006. Organised by Unicef  C Field Office & Federal Government of Nigeria)

-‘Public Health Services at the Local Government Level: ‘The Lagos City Model’ (Organised by the Faculty of Public Health National Postgraduate Medical College, Nigeria. 2007 Annual Faculty Day Lecture)