The Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO), in partnership with the
Federal Ministry of Health is set to host the 28th edition of the Annual
LAPO Development Forum on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.
The event with the theme ‘Promoting Community-Based Cancer Control
Programme in Nigeria: The LAPO-C4 Initiative’ will be hosted at the
Yar’Adua International Conference Centre, Abuja under the distinguished
chairmanship of His Excellency, former President Goodluck Ebele
Other dignitaries confirmed to speak at the Annual Development Forum
include the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, former
Edo State Deputy Governor and Chief of Staff to the President, Chief
Mike Oghiadomhe, the Chief Executive Officer of LAPO, Dr Godwin
Ehigiamusoe while Prof Omokhoa Adeleye, Professor of Public Health and
Community Medicine at the University of Benin will deliver the keynote
Stakeholders expected at the event include government functionaries,
policymakers, political and religious leaders, the academia, Civil
Society Organizations, Professional institutions, Development Partners
and health practitioners.
LAPO Executive Director, Dr Honestus Ayo Obadiora said the forum would
“address the challenges inhibiting Community-Based Cancer Control
Programme in Nigeria and come up with practicable initiatives expected
to ensure access to quality cancer prevention and treatment services in
rural communities, as well as harness national strategies and policies
for effective cancer control in Nigeria.”
Initiated in 1994, the Annual LAPO Development Forum has become a
faculty of development in its own right. The annual conferencing has
over the years stimulated discourse on the development agenda in Nigeria
and Africa with very realistic solutions canvassed by guest lecturers
The discourse has previously played host to distinguished personalities
and top government functionaries including Gen. Yakubu Gowon, former
President Olusegun Obasanjo, former CBN Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo
and Hon. Justice Samson Uwaifo JSC (Rtd).
The Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) is a non-governmental and
not-for-profit development organisation that is committed to the social,
health and economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria.
Over the years, the organization has demonstrated uncommon commitment to
poverty alleviation through the provision of an array of responsive
social and economic empowerment services to disadvantaged groups
delivered on a sustainable basis. Prospective forum participants are
expected to click bit.ly/LAPOFORUM2021 for free registration.