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PRINCE FRANCIS ORIGA is a Ph.D holder and the Registrar/CEO of the Institute for Humanitarian Studies and Social Development; Nigeria’s foremost and only approved Humanitarian Professional Training Institution registered to integrate intellectual dynamism and professionalism to the humanitarian and non-profit sector in order to ensure improved capacity, increase efficiency and avert redundancy and despondency in that sector.
He was the youngest and first to be appointed ‘Special Assistant to the Abia State Governor on Health (HIV/AIDS & Malaria)’ in the administration of Governor Orji Uzor Kalu where he doubled as the acting Chairman of the Abia State Action Committee on HIV/AIDS; a position which he used in attracting the World Bank HIV/AIDS Fund (HAF1), and also increased political-will and CSOs engagement in HIV/AIDS fight.
In the administration of Governor- Chief T.A. Orji now a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prince Origa served as an Advisory Member of the Abia State Emergency Management Committee (Governor’s Office). Between 2013 and 2014, he was a co-opted member of the Nigeria’s Centenary Anniversary Committee working directly with the Secretary to the Abia State Government.
Prince Origa’s track records and passion in Humanitarian Services; volunteerism, Child Welfare and protection, Peace and Conflict Resolution and NGO Management could be traced back to the year 1993 when he was enrolled into the Nigerian Red Cross Society where he rose to the Rank of a Detachment Commandant of Alimosho Open Detachment in Lagos State in the year 2000 and subsequently became the Acting Divisional Secretary of Oshodi/Isolo Division in 2001. He went through the courses prescribed by the Red Cross as qualification for ranking where he obtained a Practical First Aid Certificate, Leadership Certificate, Advanced First Aid Certificate and trainers’ status. He has equally obtained a certificate in Alternative to Violence (Basic & Advanced levels) sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. By 2000, he was already a UN/NetAid online volunteer where he was involved in a research project on the plights of the street children in Africa and the campaign to end violence against children as a member of the ‘Global Movement for Children’.
Academically, he holds a B.A in History and International Studies, Post Graduate Diploma in Armed Conflict and Crisis Management, and Master’s Degree (First Class) in Conflictology from the prestigious United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Geneva-Switzerland in conjunction with the University of Catalonia in Spain.
Additionally, he has completed another BSc in Metaphysical Science and a Master’s Degree in Metaphysical Science from the University of Metaphysics in USA before proceeding to the University of Sedona in Arizona USA for his Ph.D (Philosophy) in Comparative Religion with specialization in Religious Conflict and Politics.
Prior to his degrees, he had obtained a Diploma in Computer and Secretarial Administration and Advanced Diploma in Marketing Management both from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife (Distance Programme). He also holds a Professional Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Institute of Data Processing Management. Overall, he holds two BSc, 2 Master’s and two Post Graduate Certificates, a Diploma, an Advance Diploma with 2 Ph.D.
In 2014, he won the prestigious United Nations Peace-Builder’s Scholarship Award to pursue an International Master’s Degree in Conflictology under the UN Peace Keeping Training Program of UNITAR- Geneva- Switzerland in conjunction with the University of Catalonia, Spain, having emerged as UN second best applicant globally; a superlative performance that provoked the Abia State Government under the administration of Governor T. A .Orji to release a State counter- part scholarship- matching fund to support his studies. In 2016, he successfully completed the program where he graduated with a First Class category and also won an award for presenting the best Master’s Project Research Work with emphases on “…Ethnicity and Religion as Drivers of Conflict in Africa and the Challenges of Peace Building: The Case Study of Nigeria”.
During his studies with UNITAR, he was appointed the Conflictology Programme Ambassador.
He has attended other short courses such as; Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Relief Services sponsored by the International Red Cross Society; Project Monitoring and Evaluation by Action Aid International and DFID; Mainstreaming Gender and HIV into line Ministries by UNDP; Child Survival, Nutrition and Immunization by W.H.O and Lagos State Government; Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children by UNICEF, ENHANCE and Federal Ministry of Women Affairs etc.
He is an experienced lecturer/trainer and a specialist in NGO Management, Community Mobilization, Fundraising and Proposal Writing, Peace Education and Conflict Resolution.
He is the author of: ‘Understanding Sexuality & Relationship (A Behavioral Change-Training Manual for Young People’, ‘The Act of Humanitarianism & Non-profit service’. ‘Ethnicity and Religion as drivers of conflict in Africa and the Challenges of Peace Building: The Case Study of Nigeria’. He has presented other papers such as; “We the Displaced Persons; a story of homeless people in their homelands”, “promoting humanitarianism as value system in Nigeria”, “Youth and Nation Building; the Challenges of unemployment and the need for Entrepreneurship”.
He is the first to serve as the Publicity Secretary of the Civil Society on Malaria, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN). He was the former Financial Secretary of the Civil Society on HIV in Nigeria (CISHAN), and founder/Project Director of HAGA-NGO.
He is an honorary consultant on Peace Education to the African Refugees Foundation, and was appointed an Ambassador cum Special Envoy to the Federal Colleges of Education in Nigeria by CCLP-Worldwide in 2012. He is a Justice of Peace and a Jerusalem Pilgrim.
He is the Nigeria- Chair of ‘Hope for Children’ CRC Policy Project in Cyprus; promoting the UN Convention for the protection of the Right of the Child.
He is the mentor of AGNES EKEH FOUNDATION
Hon. (Amb.) Prince Francis Origa, Ph.D, JP, FIHSD.