Bisi Akande’s Daughter, Temitope Ilori Becomes First Female Director-General At NACA

Temitope Ilori has set a rare precedent at the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) -becoming the first female director-general ever appointed in the 24 years of the organisation’s history. Temitope Ilori’s initial term of four years began on February 22. She takes over from Gambo Aliyu, who was the DG of the agency, from June 2019 till February 2024. President BolaTinubu while appointing as NACA’s DG also approved the relocation of the agency to the ministry of health and social welfare. NACA was previously domiciled in the office of the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).

Up until her appointment, Dr. Ilori was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine, University of Ibadan, and a Consultant Family Physician in the Department of Family Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan.

Out of 1.7 million people living with HIV in Nigeria as of 2020, the prevalence was highest among the female adult population, at 1.6 percent.

Ilori is one of the children of Bisi Akande, former governor of Osun state and top chieftain of Nigeria’s ruling political party, All Progressives Congress

She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and her MBBS degree from the same university.

She also has a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Ibadan.

She is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (Family Medicine) and has acquired training in Practical Financial Management from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Liverpool, UK.

She has also undergone the Leadership Training for Physicians Executives at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. She similarly attended a Leadership and Management Training in Health Course at the University of Washington

Ilori is one of the pioneer faculty members of the unit of Family Medicine in the Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and an Honorary Consultant Family Physician to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

Her research areas of interest include Lifestyle Medicine, Public Health Nutrition, Non-Communicable Diseases, and Women’s Health.

She distinguished herself as the best graduating Fellow of the Faculty of Family Medicine, West African College of Physicians, in April 2012, earning the prestigious A.O. Senbanjo Prize.

Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Ibadan.

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