Annual LAPO Development Forum: Stakeholder Invitation

Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) hereby invites stakeholders in development and industry players to its forthcoming 25th. Annual LAPO Development Forum, 2018.

THEME: Towards Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation of Nigeria: Options for Non-State Intervention
DATE: 24th August, 2018
VENUE: Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State


Initiated in 1994, the LAPO Development Forum provides a veritable platform for critical stakeholders to deliberate and proffer practicable solutions to identified issues in poverty and development in Nigeria. The Forum, which consists of high-profile plenary lectures and technical sessions, 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.

This year, Former Petroleum Minister, Chief Philip Asiodu will chair the occasion while Mike Obadan, a renowned Professor of  Economics at the University of Benin and a Non-Executive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria will deliver the keynote paper. Over three hundred (300) personalities are expected at the Forum. They are drawn from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, International Development Agencies, the academia, financial sector, the Civil Society and the media.

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

  • To assess the extant role of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in national development.
  • To examine the effectiveness of NSAs in engendering the socio-economic advancement of Nigeria.
  • Provide opportunity for government, the private sector and Non-State Actors (NSAs) to deliberate on strategies to address Nigeria’s developmental challenges.
  • To identify the way forward for NSAs in achieving sustainable economic growth and development of Nigeria.


  • A well documented and publicized report containing presentations, discussions, major conclusions and recommendations capable of stimulating sustainable socio-economic transformation in Nigeria.
  • Implementation of existing policies capable of driving Nigeria’s economic growth and development.


  • NGOs/Civil Society Organizations
  • Government officials and Agencies
  • Local and International Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Policy Makers and Regulatory Agencies
  • Domestic and international donor & funding agencies
  • Development Banks and Multinational corporations
  • Trade Groups and Professional Associations
  • International and regional inter-governmental organisations
  • Multi-lateral and bi-lateral Organisations
  • Commercial, Microfinance Banks and Institutions
  • Foreign missions in Nigeria
  • The Academia.


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. #LAPONGORG   #LAPONGOADF.

A healthy and informed society characterized by prosperity, justice and equity.

Promote health, rural development and social justice for equity and sustainable livelihood among target groups.

For more info, kindly contact:
Sabina Idowu-Osehobo
Chairperson, Planning Committee
Tel: 07063830134, 08156818121

James-Wisdom Abhulimen
Secretary, Planning Committee
Tel: 08163706505, 07051192297

Patience Nnakwu-Nwanna
Member, Planning Committee
Tel: 08066907011, 09053778733
Head office:
LAPO Place, No. 18, Dawson Road, P.M.B 1729, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
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The 25th Annual LAPO Development Forum: COMMUNIQUE

A communiqué issued at the end of the 25thAnnual LAPO Development Forum held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State on Friday, August 24th 2018, under the theme: Towards Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation of Nigeria: Options for Non-State Intervention.


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


SMEs Will Stimulate The Growth And Development Of The Nigerian Economy If Properly Galvanized And Harnessed – LAPO Forum

A communiqué issued at the end of the 24thAnnual LAPO Development Forum held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Theme: Galvanizing SMEs Towards Inclusive Development.


Elumelu Leads October 18 LAPO Discussions On SME Devt

Mr. Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings will lead stakeholder discussions on Galvanizing SMEs for Inclusive Development at this year’s Annual LAPO Development Forum. The Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria from 10am.

Prof. Pat Utomi is expected to chair the occasion with Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, chairman, First Bank of Nigeria as Special Guest of Honour, according to Sabina Idowu-Osehobo, LAPO Executive Director.

The LAPO Annual Development Forum : Rationale

The LAPO Annual Development Forum is an annual symposium that stimulates investigations into the nature and causes of poverty. The Forum provides a veritable platform for stakeholders to discuss and proffer pragmatic solutions to identified issues in poverty and development. Initiated in 1994 by the Founder of LAPO, Dr. Godwin Eseiwi Ehigiamusoe, the Forum has become a faculty of development in its own right.Over the years, the annual conferencing has stirredvibrant discourse on the development agenda in Nigeria and Africa with very realistic solutions canvassed by guest lecturers and conferees.