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DR FRANCISCA IFEOMA OKONKWO

Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji Francisca Okonkwo is a Nigerian Consultant Public Health Physician with considerable research experience. Her penchant for health promotion and prevention is demonstrated by the community health screening for chronic non-communicable diseases and awareness projects she has facilitated. Francisca Okonkwo has been training consultant and facilitator for Malaria Control and Polio Global Control programmes respectively. She has also been a training consultant for Cervical Cancer Screening using low cost measures. As an experienced team worker, Francisca Okonkwo is actively engaged in HIV/AIDS awareness and management programmes, has been guest lecturer at several health seminars and is committed to continuous learning for professional development.

PAPER TITLE: The Nigerian Family and Health Specific Millennium Development Goals.


HON ADEYEMI IKUFORIJI

Hon. Adeyemi IkuforijiHon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji is a graduate of Economic Planning and Cybernetics. He is an alumnus of the Babes-Bolayai University; the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania; the Lagos Business School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji became the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2005. Under his leadership, many dynamic Laws particularly those fostering women and children’s rights such as: the Lagos State Free Universal Basic Education Law 2005; the Child Rights Law 2007; the Lagos Domestic Violence Law 2007; the Lagos State Health Sector and Hospital Management Board Reform Law were passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

PAPER TITLE: Evidence-Based Policy Formulation for the Attainment of a Knowledge and family Based Economy in Nigeria by 2025 – Fact or Fiction.


FUNMILAYO FOLARANMI (PhD)

Dr Funmi Folaranmi is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, University of Ibadan. Her area of specialisation is social welfare with a concentration on school social work. Funmi has published articles on women’s issues, the girl-child education and high school adolescents. Funmi was a visiting scholar to the School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and was at Nairobi in 2006 for a Pan-African meeting in social work (where she was elected the West Africa Representative for the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa - ASSWA). She was the Acting Head, Department of Social Work, University of Ibadan (2010 – 2012) and is currently the Chairman of the accreditation board of Nigerian Association of Social Work Educators (NASWE).

PAPER TITLE: Impact of Poverty on Families: Assessing Family-Oriented Poverty Alleviation Policies and Programmes in Nigeria.


PROF STEPHEN AFOLAMI

Professor Stephen Afolami Stephen Afolami attended St. Patrick’s College, Oka from 1964 to 1968. Thereafter he attended the University of Ibadan from 1970 to 1974; and from 1983 to 1987 for his bachelors and advanced degrees respectively. Stephen Afolami has received several grants to facilitate travel for conferences, research meetings and workshops in North and South America, Europe and Africa. He has been President of the Nigerian Association for Family Development and a foundation member of the Federation of Family Academics in Africa (FOFA). Stephen Afolami is the Pioneer Vice-Chancellor of St. Augustine University, the Catholic University of Lagos Archdiocese.

PAPER TITLE: The Role of the Family in Stabilizing Societies and Individuals: An Analogy with Biological Systems, Reflection and Personal Experience