Andy Eyo (PGDEM, MBA, FRSPH) – Chief Executive Officer
ECEWS is coordinated by a highly self-motivated and talented executive, Andy Eyo. He is a graduate of Chemistry from the University of Calabar- South-East Nigeria and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental management and in Education from the University of Uyo. He also holds a Master degree in Business Administration (Leadership) from the University of Liverpool and has attended several courses in Education and HIV/AIDS and is a community level strategic HIV/AIDS prevention specialist. He is an experienced human resource Manager and grants management specialist with Certificate in Grant Management from North Pole institute, USA and Lagos Business School. He is an experienced trainer and technical advisor in HIV/AIDS programming and has been responsible for the overall performance management in ECEWS with certification from Measure Evaluation/PHRP-OAU Ife as a Monitoring and Evaluation professional. He has several certifications in management of World Bank programs especially in the HAF 1 process; he was responsible for managing the World Bank sponsored technical assistance project for CSOs mandated to implement HAF 1 in 2005- 2006. He was the Principal Investigator and Project Director of a seven year long $5.1 million MACC-4 project; a CDC/PEPFAR project in Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Abia States focusing on HIV Prevention, Care and Support. Currently he is the Principal Investigator of a CDC/PEPFAR Comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and Treatment project in Enugu, Imo and Ebonyi States which supports over 4000 patients on anti-retroviral therapy. He also supervises the UNFPA funded SRH/HIV integration project in Benue, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Kaduna States. He has certifications on the Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and Health Planning from John Hopkins University, MD USA.
He is a member of the International AIDS Society, Environmental Managers Association of Nigeria, and Counselling Association of Nigeria. He provides leadership in program implementation across all ECEWS project and manages relationship with ECEWS Donor and partners. He is a team player and has very excellent communication skills and good ability to analyse situations and make quality decisions as necessary.
Dr. Okezie Onyedinachi (MD. MPhil. DTM&H. PD.FAM.MED.) – Deputy Project Director/Director Clinical Services
Dr. Okezie Onyedinachi has over twenty- two (22 )years multi-country post-graduate experience in HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in resource-poor settings in Africa; inclusive of over 12 years programme management experience in the field of HIV/AIDS/TB/Malaria at National, state, Local Government, health facility and community levels (Lesotho and Nigeria).
He is a man of great passion and commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS Pandemic and reducing its impact on humanity. He graduated from the University of Nigeria Nsukka as Medical Doctor in 1991. He holds a post graduate diploma in Family medicine from the University Of Pretoria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health from WITS University and Master of Philosophy Degree in HIV/AIDS Management from Stellenbosch University, Cape Town – South Africa. A good personal communicator with a certificate in interpersonal skill from Lagos Business School.
He has worked with the government of Lesotho in Southern Africa and as a consultant with ICAP Lesotho in implementation of Public Health programs to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS/TB and Malaria. He was instrumental to the rapid decentralization of HIV services to lower levels of care and also in the setting up of the MDR TB centre in Mohale’s Hoek District Hospital for the Government of Lesotho with support from Green Life Pharmacy and University Research Company (URC). In Nigeria, he has contributed his technical expertise in the development of programs to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS Epidemic. His huge contribution to HIV/AIDS program in Nigeria has won him great accolades as the face of CIHP and award of Excellence from two leading implementers of HIV/AIDS program in Nigeria in 2013 (CIHP) and 2015(ECEWS) respectively. He is a member of the national task team on HIV/AIDS program and have been involved in development of Global Fund Proposals, policy documents and guidelines in HIV/AIDS program both locally and internationally.
Heir Ntiah (ACA, MBA, NLCF)– Director of Finance and Operations
Mr. Heir Ntiah is a Chartered Accountant, an Associate Member (ACA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Calabar and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy from the then Calabar Polytechnic. Mr Ntiah has worked in several capacities both in the public and private sectors including but limited to being an Audit assistant with 82 Divisional Headquarters, Nigerian Army (Civilian Pay Unit, Enugu (1990), Accountant on a world Bank project with Akwa palm industries Ltd – Uyo (1994), Audit Senior with Ntekim Robson & Co Chartered Accountants, Eket – (2001); Manager(Finance/Accounts) with Gate oil Petroleum Nigeria Ltd –Eket (2004), Internal Auditor/Compliance Officer with ECEWS (2009) and currently the Director of Finance/Operations with ECEWS from 2013.
Mr Ntiah has attended several courses, trainings and workshops in finance and accounting, grant management, procurement and stores management, leadership, internal control and forensic audit amongst others.
INIOBONG U. UDIONG (ACA) – Compliance/Grant Officer
Mr Iniobong Udiong an enterprising, hard-working and technically skilled ACCOUNTS MANAGER known for accuracy, attention to detail and timeliness in managing disbursement functions for diverse-industry employers. Accounting function career spans 19 years of experience in general merchandise, Agro-allied, retail, and NGO. Backed by solid credentials (HND in accounting, Associate member Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA), Certificate in Grant management, proficiencies in generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP), Generally Accepted Government Auditing standards (GAGAS) as well as MS Office Suite, ERP/EDI systems and SAP.
Mr. Austin Modo (Bsc. PGDE. MBA. MSHRM.) – Human Resource Manager
Mr Austin started his career in 1999 with Foursquare Ministers and Staff Retirement Benefit Scheme (West & Central Africa) as a Pension Officer and was promoted within a very short period to the Agt. Supervising Manager and Executive Secretary to the Board of Trustee. In 2004 He joined Hallmark Consult Limited as Chief Operating Officer, the position he held until 2008 when he joined the Mikano Group as a show room sales Supervisor, he rose up to the rank of the Divisional Head Human Resources/ Admin in the Steel Fabrication Division. In January 2012 he left Mikano for Popham Walter Odusote a construction and EPC Company as the Group head Human Resources/ Admin from where he joined ECEWS in October 2013.
Austin has attended several trainings, courses and seminars in Human Resource Management, Logistics, Procurement and Material Management, Strategic Management and Administration, Financial Management and Resource Planning, Grant Management and Occupational Safety both within and outside Nigeria including the prestigious Lagos Business School and the spark Business School, he is a member of the American Society for Human Resource Management and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, He is a Law Student of the National Open University and a Pastor with the Foursquare Gospel Church.
ETUK ASUKWO OKON (BSc): DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS / COMMUNICATIONS
Born May 8, 1972, Asukwo Etuk hails from Afaha Ikot Obio Nkan in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He was educated at the University of Uyo, Uyo where he graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in Theatre Arts. He later joined the Nigerian Red Cross Society (which he had served as volunteer since the age of 12) as the Branch Secretary and Chief Executive Officer for Akwa Ibom State Branch. In this position, Mr. Etuk was actively involved in the design and implementation of programmes in Health and Care, Institutional Development, Disaster Preparedness and Response as well as Youth development targeting the most vulnerable populations. He had served the organisation in this capacity for 7 years during which he led the Akwa Ibom State Branch to become the Best Red Cross Branch in Nigeria.
He is married to a doyen – Iboro, and together they have this two lovely signatures Endiong and Mmekan.
Mr. Etuk has been extensively trained both in Nigeria and abroad in Youth Work, Globalisation, Disaster Management, HIV/AIDS, First Aid, stakeholders’ engagement, Project Management, Collaboration and Networking. Others are in Community Programming and Reporting.
He joined Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS) in 2009 as a Programme Officer where he demonstrated incredible initiative and a strong dedication to duty, thus moving up the ranks quickly to become the organisation’s Director of Programme. In his position as the Director of Programmes he has been proactive in projects coordination, CSO coordination, capacity building, communication, community mobilization/ engagement, programmes monitoring and feedback management.
MODUPEOLUWA DORIS ODEYALE (B. Ed, MPH) – Central M&E Manager
MODUPEOLUWA DORIS ODEYALE is a public health specialist with over ten years’ experience in program monitoring and evaluation, strategic information management and research methodologies.
She obtained a master’s degree in public health from the University of Ibadan in 2004. Modupe has attended short courses in advance monitoring and Evaluation, project management, manuscript writing and leadership management. She is very versatile in the national HIV monitoring and evaluation framework.
Before joining ECEWS, Modupe worked with International and indigenous organizations. She worked with Center for Health Science, Training and research Development (CHESTRAD) as a program coordinator in 2004. She later joined International Center for AIDS program; a CDC/PEPFAR donor funded project in 2008. She was part of ICAP work force that transited from ICAP to Centre for Integrated Health Programs (CIHP) in 2011.
Presently, she works with ECEWS as a strategic Information Advisor and M&E team lead.
Some of her hobbies include; traveling, reading, listening to music and dancing. Modupe is married.
Mrs. Uduak Akai, B.A, (Calabar), JP – Business Official
Uduak Akai holds a bachelor degree in Linguistics from the University of Calabar, Nigeria and is a VC specialist with robust experience in the care and support for VC infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. She has significant experience in grants management using USAID and CDC related circulars and is involved in management of grants and finance of sub grantees. She has been trained on courses that cuts across leadership development and financial management, Peer Education Plus (PEP) Model for Community Level strategic HIV/AIDS prevention , HIV prevention for people living with HIV/AIDS (PWP), Care and Support for VC, Adventures of Kami and Big Bird by Sesame Street, Micro Enterprise Fundamentals and Home-stead Farming Fundamentals, Safeguarding children, LIFT Economic strengthening (ES), Child- to- Child Approach and other related areas which enables her to manage her current responsibility as the Business Official for Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS).
During her stay with ECEWS, she employed feasible strategies for increase uptake of eligible VC based on program target/ VC National guidelines and contributed positively to the overall improvement in the management of funds by ECEWS supported CBOs as well as quality of service delivery at supported communities through guided program design and implementation. In addition, she worked together with ECEWS M&E team to develop a VC data base that can ease management of data from the field, increase accuracy of data and project needs of VC based on monthly data fed in from different sites. She worked with ECEWS supported CBOs to involve community leaders and the community as a whole in program planning and implementation to increase ownership and sustainability. She is a member of the International AIDS society and Child Protection Network. She is a hard-working and goal oriented team player who manages multiple tasks with ease while achieving demonstrable excellent results.
DO you know that there are male condoms and there are female condoms? Hearing it for the first time? Then you are not alone. Generally, condom is one product that is used more than it is known, most people wish to use it but are ashamed to purchase it, most people wish to know about it but are unwilling to discuss it, and above all, most women are unaware of the fact that there exist a condom designed for their anatomy.
Owing to the controversies surrounding condom use, ECEWS in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health under the auspices of United Nations population fund (UNFPA) organized a 2-day step down training in Akwa Ibom State to increase the overall awareness of condom programming and address the seeming controversies.
The training which was held on September, 28-29 Summit Complex, Uyo, had in attendance select HIV prevention officers from private health facilities. Issues on Male and female condoms, condom lubricant, attitude of condom vendors/providers, myths and conceptions of condoms were elaborated on.
The HIV/AIDS State Program Coordinator, Dr Markson, while appreciating the participants for acquiescing to being trained by non-medical personnel also expressed conviction that sooner than later, the medical/non-medical collaboration will yield fruits.
While comparing the many benefits of condom with its low usage in the state, He says; “it therefore becomes necessary on us to inject condom advocates into the society if we need to win this war, we need to bring down the prevalence rate of HIV in Akwa Ibom State. We just have to have so many of us promoting condoms in our little corners, in our private clinics, in our churches.”
The Executive Director, ECEWS, appreciated the participants for being part of the training. He however encouraged them to translate the knowledge gained into action by setting up confidence centers in their facilities to attract more youths to access HIV/FP services.
Valentine, a participant from State Ministry of Health, Akwa Ibom, has this to say; “Being a new person in the place, the training has really increased my awareness in Condom Programming. I have learnt about the barriers in Condom use. I have also learnt about the misconceptions, Condom forecasting, quantification and other things. I must commend ECEWS for what they have done, I wish they will continue this because it has really been of help to me.”
Imaobong Johnson representing Utibeima Medical Center explains how good she is in Condom Programming following this training. “They have told us the proper use of condom, those misconceptions others had and myself too, they have been able to clear those doubts and am very good at it now”. She says.
It is thus believed that this training will achieve its primary objective, that of preventing HIV transmission in Akwa Ibom and by extension, the world.
The UNFPA West and Central African Regional Head of HIV, Mr. Pierre Robert, has expressed willingness to further support ECEWS to create a future free of HIV, STIs and unwanted pregnancies for the young people of Nigeria.
After a tour round the UNFPA funded ECEWS confidence center, Calabar Street, Uyo, in company with, Zubaida Abubakar, UNFPA programme analyst for Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health, Mr. Robert was impressed with the positive things going on in the center. He says, “I was very encouraged to see a lot of young women come in here. It is a place where young people can come and learn about Reproductive Health and HIV. You can freely come in at any time and receive the services that you need in a very safe environment. It is a very good initiative and I support it very much.
Speaking further, He urged ECEWS to keep doing its good work to attract more young people to the center. “You will notice that when people can speak openly and freely about sexuality and about Family Planning, they will be healthier. You will have less unwanted pregnancies, less STIs, less HIV.”
In his remark, the Executive Director of ECEWS, Andy Eyo expressed appreciation to UNFPA for the privilege of partnership granted ECEWS. He further stated that the confidence center though having the appearance of gaming center serves as a hub to attract all kinds of people including sex workers to access Sexual and Reproductive Health/HIV services adding that 927 people have been tested for HIV/Hepatitis B&C between Jan-Sept with 39 positives recorded.
He however encouraged UNFPA to leverage on the serenity and popularity of the center to scale up Family planning services.
Mr. Eyo also identified the Calabar Carnival being the biggest street party in Africa and the Christmas Village in Akwa Ibom State as viable opportunities to accentuate sensitization on Sexual and Reproductive Health/HIV.
The Information/Technology Manager, Mr. Samuel Benson demonstrated the use of the ECEWS confidence center social media App which provides an opportunity for everyone to chat with HIV, Family Planning and Sexual/Reproductive Health Counsellors even at the comfort of their homes.
The Executive Director of Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS), Mr. Andy Eyo has made known the Organization’s commitment to empower the ultra-poor market women of Abak through the Market Women Empowerment Project thereby reducing the poverty level in the Local Government Area.
Mr. Eyo who made this known today during an advocacy visit to the Abak Local Government Council emphasized that empowering a woman means empowering the family which in turn will reduce hunger, hawking, child labour and inter-generational poverty, adding that the selection will not be a political one but will be based on reality.
The Market Women Empowerment Project, an initiative of the Akwa Ibom women resident in the USA (NKA UFORO IBAN) in collaboration with ECEWS is aimed at poverty reduction amongst ultra-poor market women through issuance of grants to boost their businesses.
While reacting to this development, the Chairman of Abak Transition Committee, Hon. Emmanuel Udosen thanked ECEWS team for the positive impact it has had on the lives of Abak people and affirmed the council’s support to make the project a success. He also called on other NGOs to emulate ECEWS by attracting benefits from the international community to the local community.
Hon Udosen described ECEWS’ visit as timely and urged the team to do more in helping the poorest population in the state. “There is a similar program on ground, we are working on giving out interest-free loans to market women. So ECEWS is God-sent. The market women have a structure called the Market Women Frontline Organization, we will use this structure to sift out those who actually need and deserve the grant as well as do follow-up to see how well they have managed the funds.”
The Council’s Head of Service, Elder Etukudo, expressed confidence in ECEWS capabilities in doing an honest work and assured the team of the Council’s support on the project. “I have worked with them in urunguko LGA on HIV/AIDS programme, it was a very nice project, am convinced they will succeed. We will be prepared to assist and select an indigenous staff in the council as a desk officer who will liaise with ECEWS in the project. We will ensure that this programme is not politicized.”
Mrs Grace Inyang, the representative of NKA UFORO IBAN thanked the Chairman for the opportunity granted ECEWS and promised to revert to her colleagues in the United States on the level of progress.
Dr. Okezie Onyedinachi, a multi-national physician of over 22 years is the Deputy Project Director; LOCATE Project; ECEWS, Nigeria.
As the Deputy Project Director, Dr. Onyedinachi provides leadership and direction for an exhaustive integration of health care services, program management as well as an organized strategy for a continuous quality care and support in the LOCATE project.
Until his appointment as Deputy Project Director, LOCATE project; ECEWS, Dr. Onyedinachi was the senior PMTCT program Manager, Center for Integrated Health Program (CIHP) and at a time worked as a consultant with ICAP, Lesotho, South Africa, in implementing public health programs to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS epidemic. He works closely with facilities and community-based partners while assisting in the development of an exhaustive, all-encompassing community care system programs to promote, improve and maintain community health.
Apart from using multi-disciplinary health care teams to put together a viable system that is patient-focused and working with community agencies and organizations, Dr Onyedinachi ensures that well organized community services are provided in all ECEWS supported sites. These services include but are not limited to; care & support, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) services, HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) and prevention services through Community Based Organizations (CBOs).
Dr. Onyedinachi graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as a Medical Doctor in 1991. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine from the University of Pretoria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health from WITS University and Master of Philosophy Degree in HIV/AIDS Management from the Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa. He is a good personal communicator, with a certificate in interpersonal skill from Lagos Business School.
In 2013, Dr. Onyedinachi emerged the face of CIHP and in 2015; He received an Award of Excellence from ECEWS.
He is a member, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and Association of Private and General Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (APGMPN). He is happily married with five children.