AWLA Parley 2023: Meet The Keynote Speaker, Dr Roli Bode-George

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Dr Roli Bode-George has been invited has the keynote speaker for the 2023 Parley 2023 organised by the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) Nigeria.

Others to speak the event are; Mrs Efosa Etomi (President, AWLA Nigeria), Mrs Margaret Nwagbo (Chairperson, Parley Planning Committee), and Mrs Lolia Emakpore (Co-chairperson & Coordinator AWLA Abuja).

This year’s parley is scheduled to hold on August 30, 2023 at the Media Centre, Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on the theme, ‘THE ROLE OF THE NIGERIAN WOMAN IN SOCIO-ECONOMIC & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Getting it Right – Fixing the Breach.

Dr Roli Bode-George a seasoned public administrator, an experienced entrepreneur, and a trained law-enforcement executive.

Dr Roli Bode-George obtained a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Benin (UNIBEN) in 1987 in Benin, Nigeria. She then went on to the University of Liverpool where she obtained both a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Doctorate of Business Administration. Her educational qualifications include an Advance Diploma in Terrorism Studies, and qualified both as a basic and advanced tactical officer making her the highest-ranking tactical officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Nigeria till date. She is also a trained Drug Counsellor by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC).

After spending several years as an entrepreneur in Lagos, Roli Bode-George became a public servant when she was appointed by the President of Nigeria to the board of the Nigerian Christians Pilgrims Commission in 2004. The following year in 2005, she was appointed as a Director on the Board of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) in Nigeria. In 2012, Roli Bode-George was sworn-in as a Federal Commissioner, representing Lagos State, at the Nigerian Population Commission under the Presidency.

By 2014, Roli Bode-George became the first woman to hold the post of Director-General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), where she supervised the implementation of the National Drug Control Master Plan and NDLEA’s Internal Affairs and Security Units. In her role as Director-General, she also supervised the NDLEA’s seven directorates and forty-nine command posts nationwide. In the same year, she became the Chair of the national Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) for four years, which is composed of thirty-four Ministries, Department and Agency’s of government (MDAs) As DG of NDLEA she supervised the completion and execution of the Nigerian National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) (2015-2019) in an inclusive and consultative process. This strategic document is Nigeria’s road map and operational tool that provides a framework for comprehensive national drug control in Nigeria.

In 2015, Roli Bode-George became the first woman in Nigeria to head a national security agency, when she became the Acting Chairman of the NDLEA. Roli Bode-George led the team that established the first national online and telephone counselling services for victims of drug abuse in Nigeria. She and her team also developed the NDLEA’s drug demand reduction strategy.

Dr Roli-Bode George is a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants in Nigeria and a member of the British Institute of Management (UK).

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