AFRICAN NURSING COMMUNITY CELEBRATES HER EXCELLENCY, PRINCESS VICTORIA ADEJOKE ORELOPE-ADEFULIRE

When public servants dedicate their lives to make sacrifices towards the achievement of sustainable solutions to numerous socio-economic challenges facing Africa, we must recognize and promote such stellar accomplishment in order to inspire other leaders to do more, especially in this SDGs era. LeadNurse Africa supports the Association of General Private Nursing Practitioners as they give special leadership award to her excellency PRINCESS VICTORIA ADEJOKE ORELOPE-ADEFULIRE, The Senior Special Assistant to The President of Nigeria on Sustainable Development Goals, During their scientific conference scheduled for 22nd – 23rd October 2018. This special recognition will take place on 23rd October 2018 at LCCI Alausa, Ikeja Lagos Nigeria.

Born on the 29th of September, 1959 to the family of Prince Kareem-Laka of Akeja Oniyanru and Amore Ruling Houses of Lagos State, Princess Adejoke had her elementary, secondary as well as tertiary education in Lagos State, Nigeria. She thereafter bagged a Diploma in Social Works and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.

An astute politician, Princess Adejoke began her distinctive career in politics in 1992 when she was elected as the Member representingAlimosho Constituency I in the Lagos State House of Assembly. In this capacity, she performed legislative and oversight functions, serving as the Chairman House Service Committee. In 2002, she was appointed as Electoral Commissioner at the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission. From 2003 to 2007, she served as the Lagos StateCommissioner for Women Affairs in the Cabinet of His Excellency,Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu where she was saddled with the responsibility for the protection and full development of women, children and the less privileged. In view of her sterling performance as a women’s advocate, she was appointed again as the Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation from 2007 to 2011 in the Cabinet of His Excellency, BabatundeRajiFasola, SAN, where she coordinated the delivery of widespread social services across the State.

In 2011, Princess Adejoke contested and was elected as the Deputy Governor of Lagos State on the same ticket with His Excellency, Babatunde Fasola (SAN). She served in this position till 2015 as the Vice Chairman of Lagos State Executive Council where she also doubled as the Chief Executive of the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. In recognition of her commitment to durable development and passion to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable, Princess Adejoke was appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In this new role, she coordinates the implementation of the SDGs, providing strategic direction for the attainment of the Goals at the national and subnational levels in Nigeria.

In many of the positions she occupied, Princess Adejoke poured out herself to society, brilliantly interpreting her roles, diligently applying herself to her duties as the hard worker that she is, achieving great results in the process. As a Legislator, she co-sponsored the Private Members Bill as well as many Executive Bills. She successfully coordinated welfare services for the Members of the Lagos State Parliament and other members of staff as the Chairman, House Services Committee. As an Electoral Commissioner, she conducted grassroots advocacy on the need for every individual to exercise his electoral franchise and was deeply involved in town hall meetings that led to the creation of 37 additional Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State, through a referendum in 2002.

As Commissioner for Women Affairs, she implemented many women economic empowerment programmes, co-sponsored the Child Rights Law as well as the Domestic Violence Law. These efforts saw her establish20 Functional Skill Acquisition Centres for the unemployed young men and women and a 176-bed Transit Home for victims of domestic violence and abuse. She promoted routine medical screening for women and supported the Girl Child Education Initiative as well. Princess Adejoke also built the First Home Clinic for children with Multiple Disabilities in Lagos State to provide succor to the parents especially the mothers that have children with disabilities. As Deputy Governor, she provided the required support and assistance to the Executive Governor as prescribed by sections 190, 191 and 193 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ( as amended).

Princess Adejoke has been invited to speak and share her wealth of experience both locally and at many international fora including the United Nations. She has also earned training certificates from the Universities of Ibadan and Lagos, as well as at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, the Center for Democratic Studies, Abuja and the Institute for Development Studies, Singapore.

In recognition of her meritorious service, Princess Adejoke was awarded the Lagos State Man of the Year Award in 2009. She had earlier been awarded the International Public Servant of the Year in 2007 by the Scottish Widows in the United Kingdom. She received the Daisy George Award in 2010 in the United States of America as an advocate for Children’s Protection and Development. She was also the recipient of the Guinness Book of World Records Award on Reading a book with 4,222 School Children with an adult at the same venue to commemorate the 2011 World Literacy Day.

She is married to Mr. AbiodunAdefulire, and their union is blessed with children and grandchildren.

Congratulations to HER EXCELLENCY, PRINCESS VICTORIA ADEJOKE ORELOPE-ADEFULIRE ! The African Nursing Community Celebrates your Transformational Leadership!

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