Martin Osayande Agwogie, Ph.D, MBA, ICAP 11

Martin Osayande Agwogie, Ph.D, MBA, ICAP 11

Founder/Executive Director

Dr. Agwogie is Fulbright Scholar in Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States. Between 1996 and 2018, he served in different capacities in the Drug Demand Reduction Division of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). He holds a Ph.D in Psychology, M.ED Psychology, MBA in Human Resources Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Management and B.Sc.(Ed.) Chemistry. Dr. Agwogie received certificate courses on Opioid Crises – the American experience from Harvard University and Medication Assisted Treatment – Office Based Treatment for Opioid use Disorders by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry both in United States. He also received a Certificate course on Managing Addiction: A Framework for Successful Treatment from University of Adelaide, Australia. He has attended over fifteen (15) workshops and seminars on opioid use prevention and treatment.

 Dr. Agwogie is the president, Nigerian Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP, Nigeria Chapter) and the National Coordinator/Trainer, Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC), Nigeria. He is also a national trainer on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) and a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) certified Master Trainer. He was the national focal point on Nigerian Epidemiological Network on Drug Use (NENDU) project in NDLEA and a member of the national technical committee on drug use survey in Nigeria.

 Dr. Agwogie is an author of three books on drug abuse prevention and management. The books are titled: – Drug Abuse: Prevention and Management in the Workplace, Drug Abuse: Not My Child, and Drug Abuse: Weep Not Mummy. He is also involved in youths and community development initiatives on drug control in Nigeria. As part of this program, he has donated more than four thousand (4,000) copies of his books to Government, Non-Governmental Organizations, drug treatment centers, religious organizations and individuals. He has also facilitated youth sponsorship for global drug demand reduction conferences. His other focus is the development of national policy on drug demand reduction and promotes a balanced approach to drug control in Nigeria; a balanced approach that includes an appropriate mix between drug demand reduction and supply suppression. Promote policies on decriminalization of drug use as against criminalization, as well as availability and accessibility of drug rehabilitation centers in Nigeria.

 In recognition of his contributions to the field of drug demand reduction he has received several awards and commendations among which are, award of Excellence in Services to Drug Demand Reduction by the International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP Global), National Drug and Substance Abuse Prevention Personality 2017 award by the African Youths Initiative on Crime Prevention and a Commendation for Outstanding Performance in drug demand reduction by the Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) among other recognitions.

Mrs. Faith Martin Agwogie

Mrs. Faith Martin Agwogie

Director Admin. & Finance

Mrs. Agwogie is an accountant and IT expert. Her work experience started with Right Communication before proceeding to Kareen Computers, both in Lagos State, Nigeria. Presently, she works with Unique Group of Schools as the accountant and Head, Central Administration Unique Heights School, Magodo, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Mrs. Agwogie started her higher education career at Yaba College of Technology where she studied Computer Science. She received B.Sc in accounting from University of Lagos, Nigeria and Post Graduate Studies in Financial Management from the National Open University of Nigeria.

She is passionate about her profession and committed to excellence in her duties. She has attended many professional courses and leadership trainings

Mrs. Maria Mfon Ilugbuhi

Mrs. Maria Mfon Ilugbuhi

Director of Training & Clinical Services

Mrs. Ilugbuhi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria and received a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from University of Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria. She also holds a National Diploma Certificate in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic, Calabar (Now Cross River State University of Science and Technology), Cross River State, Nigeria.

Mrs. Ilugbuhi is a substance abuse counselor, expert in school and community based substance abuse prevention, a Master Trainer in the Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use (UPC) Implementer Series under the Colombo Plan, a Master Trainer for UNODC on Substance abuse prevention and psychosocial treatment interventions.

She had a 21 year career with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the focal agency for drug control in Nigeria where she worked in the law enforcement and drug demand reduction departments. Mrs. Ilugbuhi’s passion is in capacity building, drug demand reduction initiatives, mentoring and clinical supervision for a healthy and safe development of young people to realize and maximize their potentials.

Mr. Isaac Adetolu Olatunde

Mr. Isaac Adetolu Olatunde

Trainer and Head, School Engagement

Mr. Olatunde holds a Bachelor degree in Chemistry Education from University of Benin, Benin-city Edo state, MBA in Human Resources Management from Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos state as well as a certificate in Project Management from Ibadan Business School. He is a Substance Use Prevention professional haven received training as a national trainer on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Implementer Series: Core and the School Track organized by the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) in Collaboration with Global Initiative on Substance Abuse (GISA) and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) U.S Department of state. He has also received training on UPC Family Based Prevention intervention, training on Evidence Based Drug and Substance Abuse Prevention and Management in the Workplace among others.

 Mr. Olatunde is as a functional member of the International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP) and has been privileged to attend international conferences of the association and collaborators such as;

  1. The 3rd Annual International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR), San Diego, California (June 4-5, 2018)
  2. The International Drug Demand Reduction Conference & Workshop organized by ISSUP held in Nairobi, Kenya (December 10-14, 2018)
  • International Conference on Drug Prevention ,Treatment and Care: Inspiration & Direction held in Vienna, Austria (July 1-5 2019)

He is also a member of other professional institutes/bodies such as;

  • Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Management
  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria
  • Member of the International Red Cross Society

 Mr. Olatunde is a professional teacher with over 20 years of experience. He was a principal/School Manager for over 15 years and rose to become the President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS), Lagos state chapter before he retired statutorily from active service in 2019. Mr. Olatunde has since picked up interest and started playing active role in Substance Use Prevention among Teens & Youths. He has been a co-facilitator of Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) with Global Initiative on Substance Abuse (GISA) to raise the number of Prevention Professionals in Nigeria. He is also a facilitator on Health and Safety and has trained participants for Lagos State Government and “Ghana Vision Zerooo”.

Dr. Oluseyi Odewale

Dr. Oluseyi Odewale


Dr. Odewale is a professional counsellor with special interest in substance abuse counselling. She obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling, Master of Education in Educational Foundations (Guidance and Counselling and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Guidance and Counselling form University of Lagos. Her diligence, commitment, dedication, learner’s heart and humility earned her the best Ph.D student (with best Thesis) in Counselling from University of Lagos in 2017. She has worked as a facilitator with Fadama, a World Bank project. She has five years work experience as a Lecturer in a private College of Education in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr. Odewale is a National Trainer on Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC), a member of the International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professional (ISSUP). She is also a member of Association of Professional Counsellors in Nigeria (APROCON). She has co-facilitated sessions on Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC). She has attended several workshops and conferences on substance abuse sensitization and prevention. Her passion for the well-being of people, most especially the young ones has motivated her to write scholarly articles on deviant behaviours, psychosocial problems, bullying and mental health problems. She speaks in conferences, seminars and schools. Her passion is to see people happy and fulfilled in life.

Mrs. Helen Nneka Nwafor

Mrs. Helen Nneka Nwafor

Administrative Officer

Mrs. Nwafor is a proactive person with solution driven mindset, good team player and extremely optimistic. She manages an administrative section of GISA where she serves as a link between the organization and its clients.

She holds Higher National Diploma in Office Technology and Management from the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State, Nigeria and she is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP).

Mrs. Nwafor has had over ten years of teaching experience before joining GISA. As part of her professional and career growth in GISA, she has received the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Core, Family Track, Community Track and Workplace Track among other trainings. She also served as the Administrative Officer on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Drug Abuse Prevention Centre (DAPC) grant project executed by GISA in 2020/2021.

Mrs. Nwafor passion is to promote evidence-based substance use prevention to minimise the consequences of substance use and abuse on individuals and the society.


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