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Bridging Leadership in COVID-19 in Nigeria

How can we build multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder collaboration beyond COVID-19 in Nigeria?
An online convening • June 4, 2020 • 2:00-3:30pm WAT

Can we go any further without trust?

Inequality, poverty and unsustainable practices are only a few challenges in Nigeria that have been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These, in addition to forecasts of an economic recession, raise important questions as to the best trajectory of the nation post-COVID. How the different sectors and stakeholders in Nigeria manage the existing and emerging socio-economic challenges will depend largely on the gaps in leadership that are bridged. In an effort to discern appropriate paths to economic development and citizen resilience, this conference seeks to explore the following questions:

  • Can we effectively move beyond COVID-19 without trust in the system?
  • Do we see trust as an essential ingredient required for building partnerships to address the systemic issues facing Nigeria?
  • Can trust across all levels of a system (from the individuals and organizations that control resources and design policies to the grassroots and local communities) be achieved through Bridging Leadership?

This conference convenes stakeholders from multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary perspectives to explore potential solutions to complex systemic issues, particularly strengthening the policy environment beyond COVID-19 in Nigeria. It seeks to advance Bridging Leadership, which builds trust and collective action within and across systems, communities and the nation as whole.

Our panelists cut across the government, community foundations, academia, professional affiliations, CSOs and INGOs, stakeholders who traditionally play important “bridging” roles across the vast gaps that exist in systems and as such, possess the necessary skills to cultivate inclusive partnerships to address systemic problems post COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Partipation in this event is open by invitation only.

The discussion will be moderated by Victor Adejoh and Victoria Fajemilehin of Synergos Nigeria


Hon. Hajia Halima Lawal

Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture, Kaduna State

Hajia Halima is an avid gender advocate with a passion for equity in agriculture. She Has a BSc in Agriculture and an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University and worked in the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2011 to 2019 before assuming her current position in the ministry. She has attended several development courses home and abroad and is a member of a number of local and international associations


Prof. Andrew Zamani

Director, Institute of Governance and Development Studies, NSUK

Andrew Ezadueyan Zamani is a Professor of Clinical Psychology with over 3 decades of teaching experience. He is the current Director of the Institute of Governance & Development Studies in Nasarawa State University and Executive Council Member of the Pan African Psychology Union.
Professor Zamani is Editor in-Chief of the African Journal of Applied Psychology, Central Nigerian Journal of Psychology and the Nigerian Journal of Governance & Development Studies. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Ife Psychologia, Nigerian Journal of Basic & Applied Psychology and the African Journal of Drug & Substance Abuse.

Asma Begum Mirza

Owner, Asma Ventures

Asma Begum Mirza is a highly motivated businesswoman engaged in diverse activities ranging from manufacturing Pharmaceuticals and food products to Education, Human capacity Development, Rural Development and business. She is a trainer on diverse topics, such as successful business development, Crops production, Nutrition and Health care, Care for stroke patients and people living with HIV/AIDS in rural areas and has undergone training in Promotion and Development of Agricultural Cooperatives.

Dr. Omede Ogu

Director of Programmes, Health Futures Solution Initiatives

A Medical Doctor & a Public Health Specialist, Dr. Omede studied medicine at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is passionate about Public Health/Project Management and has received expert training in Project Management and Environmental Epidemiology.

Dr. Omede is keen on promoting public health, and creating an interphase between public health, other line ministries and private and civil society organizations. He uses the concept of health economics to design solutions to Nigeria's UHC challenges, critically linking this to overall national economic development.


Amb. Peter Michael Egwudah

Program Coordinator, Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication (CISCOPE)

Peter has been an activist, advocate for peace, and policy influencer for positive change for the past 17 years. He is a founding member and the Vice Chairman of the North East Civil Society Organization (NESCO) which supports victims of terrorist groups, such as Boko Haram.

Currently, he is the Program Coordinator of the Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication (CISCOPE), a national NGO working across multiple sectors and Pgeographical locations in Nigeria. With the support of UN-OCHA, Amb. Peter has facilitated the formation of the Network of Adamawa Non-Governmental Organizations (NANGO).