Prof Obadan Leads LAPO Discussions On Socio-Economic Transformation of Nigeria

A renowned Professor of Economics and Non-Executive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mike Obadan will lead discussions at this year’s 25th.Annual LAPO Development Forum.


The event has been re-scheduled to hold on Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State at 8:00am.


THEME: Towards Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation of Nigeria: Options for  

                Non-State Intervention.

CHAIRMAN: Chief Philip Asiodu, a diplomat and former Petroleum Minister.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mike Obadan, a renowned Professor of Economics and Non-

                                       Executive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

NEW DATE:  Friday, August 24, 2018.

VENUE: Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria.

REGISTRATION: 8:00am prompt.


The 25th. Annual LAPO Development Forum will provide a veritable platform for policy makers and critical stakeholders to deliberate and proffer practicable solutions to the challenges militating against the Socio-Economic development and Transformation of Nigeria.


Over three hundred (300) personalities including elected and appointed public office holders, government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, International Development Agencies, the academia, financial sector, Microfinance Institutions, Civil Society Organizations and the media are expected.


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Initiated in 1994, the Forum has become a faculty of development in its own right. Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and Prof. Pat Utomi are among eminent personalities who have delivered key papers at the Forum in the past. The annual conferencing has stimulated discourse on the development agenda in Nigeria and Africa with very realistic solutions canvassed by guest lecturers and conferees. It consists of high-profile plenary lectures and technical sessions with inputs from key sectors of the economy.


The theme of the first edition of the Annual LAPO Development Forum held in 1994 was “The Nigerian Economy and the Poor: 1984-1994”. Discussions and conclusions at this session reinforced our belief that sustainable approach to poverty alleviation must go beyond charity and directed at strengthening income capacity of the poor. Subsequent editions of the Forum addressed pertinent issues.  #LAPOFORUM.



The main objectives of the 25th Annual LAPO Development Forum are:

1.    To assess the extant role of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in national development.

2.    To examine the effectiveness of NSAs in engendering the socio-economic advancement of Nigeria.

3.    Provide opportunity for government, the private sector and Non-State Actors (NSAs) to deliberate on strategies to address Nigeria’s developmental challenges.

4.    To identify the way forward for NSAs in achieving sustainable economic growth and development of Nigeria.



Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) is a non-governmental and not for profit organisation committed to the social, health and economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria. LAPO was founded by Dr. Godwin Eseiwi Ehigiamusoe in 1987 while working as a Rural Cooperative Officer in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State. Over the years, the organisation has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through the implementation of innovative credit and non-credit empowerment programmes targeting disadvantaged groups. LAPO programmes include gender sensitization aimed at reducing the level of gender inequity, social inclusion and health intervention, which include prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other tropical diseases. #LAPO.ORG.