*AHOA’s CEO, Dr. Uzodinma Adjrieje Elected As “Nigeria’s Most Respected CEO”, NGO Category.*

……AHOA’s CEO Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje Elected As “Nigeria’s Most Respected CEO”, NGO Category

By Victor Bieni, Abuja

NG BUZZ EXECUTIVE led by its Group CEO, Baroness Paulette Kporo, has nominated Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, Chief Executive Officer, AFRIHEALTH Optonet Association (AHOA) as the: “Nigeria’s Most Respected CEO as the African media group sets to mark the 3rd edition of her Nigeria’s Most Respected CEOs Awards.

This was made known to some group of Journalists in Abuja, Nigeria in a letter by NG BUZZ EXECUTIVE group’s nomination on Award notification awards and planned conferment ceremony, which will take place next week being on Friday, December 8, 2023 at Rockview Hotel, Abuja-Nigeria by 6pm in the evening contains invitation to Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, Afrihealth Optonet Association (AHOA) CEO to attend the red carpet Gala awards ceremony which will take the form of a plague and a certificate as event will be anchored on the theme: “Celebrating The Characteristics Of A Positive Role Model In The Workplace”.

The NG BUZZ EXECUTIVE is a Business Extension unit of Business Executive media group; a leading specialized pan-African media, communications and corporate events organization with presence now in the Middle-East and in partnership with other leading authorized collaborating stakeholders including African Chamber for Trade, the International Business Council Africa & Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry, (FEWACCI).
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The group stated that, its business outfits has diversified areas of expertise that collectively lines up to position the brand as; true “Custodians of the Corporate World. The group added that, it has similar award scheme in Ghana on an annual basis since 2018, with same now deservedly regarded among the most revered awards competed for in the country and on a pan African basis as evidenced in the just ended Africa’s Most Respected CEOs hosted in Dubai, we deemed it fit to extend our scope to other notable African countries. However, our current priority to factor the Federal Republic of Nigeria is this upcoming NMR CEO Awards as Nigeria is Africa’s biggest and most vibrant economy.

The stated further that, some ongoing international awards schemes under their watch included amongst others are: The African Power Awards, Canary Islands- Spain. Africa Investment Forum & Golf to take place In Dubai UAE, Feminine Ghana Achievement Awards, Africa most respected CEOS awards – Singapore African Outstanding Professional awards- Ethiopia. Corporate Ghana Hall Of Fame.

NG BUZZ EXECUTIVE said: “Our Awards scheme, being one of the most competitive corporate events, shortlist some of the Nation’s biggest icons and will be attended by all shortlisted CEOs, top-tier government officials like Ministers and MPs, traditional rulers, diplomats, as well as both the local and international media. In essence, you are humbly required to be physically present at the awards ceremony to preserve the high quality of the awards ceremony.

This shall be the main condition for the conferment of your award. We reserve the right to pass on the award to the next runner-up should the condition not be met. Once again, we congratulate you on your confirmation as the most respected CEO and we look forward to hosting you at the Awards Conferment Ceremony.

In the letter of award notice to Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, Afrihealth Optonet Association (AHOA) CEO’s Nomination as Nigeria’s Most Respected CEO reads in parts: “On behalf of the organizing board and the undersigned partners of the NIGERIA’S MOST RESPECTED CEOs Awards, we wish to heartily congratulate you for emerging the winner as the Most Respected CEO in the category of NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVES”.

“We received over a million nomination forms, out of which about 600 CEOs were shortlisted for the public voting exercise covering the various sectors. Having obtained a remarkable track record as an influential Leader and practitioner of good corporate governance, we reserve the honor to confer you with this Prestigious Award”.
“This indelibly confirms your status as a member of an elite group and thus provide you with a unique platform to translate that capacity into new solid business relationships.
Nonetheless, your exceptional conferment was as a result of the matchless track record set in your field of operation notably appraised by the awards selection jury rather than the conventional public voting”.

Afrihealth Optonet Association (AHOA) is a community-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) international Movement/Network Coalition and Think-tank deeply engaged in promoting policies, practices, programmes and interventions that enhance productivity, accountability, transparency and civil society’s coordination/contributions in Society Welfare/Social Safety nets, Development Work/Sustainable Development, Health; and in educational, literary, scientific, social, development, cultural, sporting, and charitable intervention(s)/purpose(s).

AHOA’s mandate includes Building an inclusive and broad movement for Health and Sustainable Development; Creating avenues to influence the design and implementation of policies, practices, programmes and interventions; Promoting coordination, information exchange and harmonization among the civil society and stakeholder groups across the world; and Promoting citizen involvement, leadership and accountability mechanisms in the implementation of respective interventions.
AHOA has a global membership/partnership of over 2,200 (Two Thousand, Two Hundred) organizations mainly from Africa, Asia, The Americas, Europe, and Caribbean, Australia, Pacific, Oceania (CAPO).

AHOA promotes the ‘One Health’ paradigm where Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. AHOA uses partnership/collaboration, advocacy, research/evidence generation, capacity development, outreaches, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as strategies. AHOA’s activities/interventions are for the benefit of rural and poor urban dwellers, marginalized, vulnerable and disadvantaged populations of women, children, adolescents, persons with disability, persons in conflict-affected areas, the poor, elderly, rural, disadvantaged and vulnerable persons, orphans and the elderly.

The AHOA CSOs Movement/Network Coalition and Think-tank works to explore the nexus between and within the following sectors:
Health – including UHC, PHC, Reproductive Health, PHC, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria, NCDs, NTDs, Vaccines/Immunization and COVID-19;
Energy and Environment – including biodiversity, environment, ecosystems, renewable energy, energy efficiency, conservation and climate change (BEEREEECCC);
Nutrition/micronutrients and Food Security;
Gender, Democracy, Good Governance, Peace, Human Security and Human Rights; and sustainable Development across regions, populations, communities and generations
AHOA partners with the Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN).

AHOA has members/local Chapters in Nigeria’s 36 States and Federal Capital Abuja, National Chapters in some countries, sub-regional Chapters in North Africa, West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa; and in America, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and Oceania regions. AHOA has a Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC; and an Accredited Observer status at the UNEP/United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

This additional recognition comes on the heels of others received by Dr. Adirieje in 2023 alone, including the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ conferred by the CSReporters.
Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje is an independent Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Consultant, Clinician, Certified Management Trainer/Facilitator; Climate Change, Energy and Biodiversity Advocate, Certified Management Consultant, Health Economist, and PMERLT (Project/Programme Planning/Management, M&E, Research and Learning/Training) Expert; Conference Organizer, Columnist/Writer, Activist, CEO of Afrihealth Optonet Association (AHOA), Global Coordinator of the ‘Disability, Elderly, Women, Vulnerable and Youth (DEWVY) Project of AHOA, Initiator of the After50 Group Club, and President of the Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN). He’s a pioneer Fellow and National President of the Nigeria Association of Evaluators (2019-2022); Consultant that drafted Nigeria’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Policy which was approved by the Nigerian Government; and produced Nigeria’s SDG-3/Health Evaluation synthesis.

Dr. Adirieje was a key participant in Nigeria’s national evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals 3 & 4; an active participant in the African Evaluation Association and a recipient of the 2022 Recognition Award from the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation for his “enduring commitment and valuable contributions”.

He holds a ‘Certificate of Participation’ from the 7th International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities (NEC 2022) with the theme ‘Resilient National Evaluation Systems for Sustainable Development’ held at the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) in Turin, Italy, 25-28 October 2022; and organized by the UNDP in collaboration with the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI). In 2022, Dr. Adirieje was one of 8 Africans selected by qualification to participate in the six-week maiden Boot Camp of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE).

Uzodinma Adirieje was the Chairperson of Nigeria’s National World Malaria Day Committee in 2019; Conference Manager of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in 2005, and Projects Coordinator of the Nigeria National Health Conferences in 2006 and 2009 respectively.
Uzodinma was the Technical Consultant/Adviser to the Hon. Minister of State I, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Conference Coordinator for the 2nd GlobalPOWER Women Network Africa High-Level Meeting (HLM) Abuja 2013, organized by the Government of Nigeria in collaboration with the African Union and with support of UNAIDS; 27-28 June 2013. He’s a Member of, the Technical Committee Meeting on Draft Standards for Renewable Energy in Nigeria. Dr. Adirieje participated in the 2018 African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) in Nairobi and the 2018 meetings/activities of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

During 2017-2018, Adirieje was Project Director of the vastly media-reported ‘Sustainable Citizen Participation (SCP) in Nigeria’s Niger Delta’ Project funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), which addressed many Energy, Environment and SDGs challenges across 81 communities/LGAs in 9 States Niger Delta. Chairman, Nigeria Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (NiPBES) since 2019. He’s a Member of the National Technical Working Group on M&E; a member of the National Core Working Group on 2020 Voluntary National Review (CWG-VNR), and Chairman of Civil Society Response for Nigeria’s 2020 VNR.

Dr. Uzo’ (as he’s fondly called) is also the President of the Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN) and Global Coordinator of the Civil Society Actions for Climate Change, Energy and Biodiversity (CSA4CEB).

He is a ‘One Health’ Champion and Reproductive Health Advocate, Development Worker, Health and Community Systems Strengthening Specialist, and Community leader. Uzodinma has over twenty years of proven competencies in managing/supporting and evaluating projects, policies, programmes and interventions that enhance results/productivity, accountability, inclusivity and transparency in Society Welfare/Social Safety nets, Development Work, Sustainable Development/Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Health; using Partnerships/Collaborations, Advocacy, Research/Evidence, Capacity/Organizational Development, Community Engagements, and Outreach interventions.
He is the national chairman of the Civil Society Organizations Strategy Group on the SDGs (CSOSG-SDGs) in Nigeria.

Dr. Adirieje was Co-Principal Consultant that drafted Nigeria’s Monitoring and Evaluation Policy recently approved by the Nigerian Government. He was the consultant that produced Nigeria’s SDG-3/Health Evaluation synthesis; and a key participant in Nigeria’s national evaluation of SDGs 3 and 4. He is currently the national consultant for the production of the Inclusive Data Charter Action Plan (IDC-AP) for Nigeria, in line with United Nations SDG-17.

Uzodinma Adirieje is an active participant in the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) and recipient of 2022 Recognition Award from the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) for his “enduring commitment and valuable contributions”. Uzodinma was the National Team Supervisor and Data Collection Team Leader (data collector, data analyst, and data quality assessment) of the Global Fund/NMEP/ISA’s Malaria Matchbox Nigeria Project 2020-2021 in conflict-ridden Northeastern Nigeria.

A Member of Nigeria’s National Technical Working Group (TWG) on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Uzodinma Adirieje is a gender activist, and author of the ‘Female Circumcision (Female Genital Mutilation): 40 Dangerous Effects Parents and Relations Must Know (publication now cataloged at the Media/Materials Clearinghouse of the Johns Hopkins University, USA, for worldwide distribution, as M/MC ID#: PL NGA 318)’.

He’s successfully conceptualized/planned and managed scores of local and international health and development programmes, projects, conferences, workshops, pieces of training, seminars, symposia, research, advocacy, and other human capital activities/interventions.

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