Dr Muhammad Ali Pate (Founder)


Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate is founder of  Chigari Foundation. He served in the past as Minister of State for Health in Nigeria. Prior to serving as Minister of State, he was the Executive Director/CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in Abuja, Nigeria where he launched several successful and innovative national programs to improve health outcomes. He is a Visiting Professor at Duke University Global Health Institute, R. L. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health and Co-chair of The Lancet Global Commission on High Quality Health Systems. He is founder and served in the Boards of several health care organizations globally, including Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria and the American International Health Alliance in Washington DC. Dr. Pate is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Specialty of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He holds a Medical Degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1990), Masters in Health Systems Management at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) and Masters in Business Administration with Health Sector Concentration from Duke University (US)


Dr. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq (Acting Chairman)


Dr. Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq is the Chief Executive Officer of the Private Sector Health Alliance (PHN)  and  Acting Chairman of the Board of Chigari Foundation – the foremost private sector coalition focusing on mobilizing private sector resources, capabilities, innovation and partnerships to complement government's efforts in advancing health outcomes in Nigeria. Muntaqa was the Senior Technical Advisor to the former Honourable Minister of State for Health in Nigeria, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate. In this position, he was responsible for leading a number of landmark healthcare reform programs. He commenced his career as a healthcare investment banker at Morgan Stanley in the U.K where he focused on the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical sector Umar-sadiq is a graduate from the University of Cambridge, England, where he did an M.Phil in Bioscience Enterprise and undertook an MBBS / Medical sciences degree at Imperial College School of Medicine, London. He is also a Chartered Alternatives Investment Analyst (CAIAI) charter holder.


Barrister Chinedu Moghalu (Trustee)

Barrister Chinedu Moghalu is the head, communications and advocacy, for the Africa Risk Capacity (ARC)/United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Moghalu previously served as the regional head of Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) for Delta and south-east states. He also served as the head of the corporate communication division of NEXIM headquarters in Abuja. Moghalu has worked with various United Nations agencies, including the ILO and the global fund for AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria. He holds a MSc degree in communications for development and degrees in political science and law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Lagos. Moghalu is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), International Bar Association (IBA), and International Public Relations Association (IPRA).


Qadi Muhammad Uthman El-Mainari (Trustee)


Hajiya Karimatu Muhammad Pate (Trustee)

Our Team


Dr Nisser Umar - Executive Director/CEO - ABUJA


Dr Nisser Umar holds an MBBS degree (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria); MPH degree (University of Dundee, UK); Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Tropical Medicine from Bangkok School of Tropical Medicine (Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand) and Ph.D. in Health Economics (University of East Anglia Norwich, UK). He previously served as Director, Planning Research and Statistics at Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Executive Chairman/CEO of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency and MD/CEO of Bauchi State Drugs and Medical Consumables Management Agency and has had program experience with Clinton Health Access Initiative prior to Joining Chigari Foundation as Senior Technical Advisor , subsequently served as the Grants and Operations Manager and recently serving as the Executive Director/CEO of the foundation. 


Victor Okpara - Financial Management Specialist, Abuja


Mr Victor Ekene Okpara is a vibrant and experienced professional Accountant who has worked as a consultant in various accounting disciplines cut across various industries. He is a Chartered Accountant and Tax Practitioner with over seven (10) years’ experience in practice. He graduated in December 2012 with a Second Class Upper honours in Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Victor is an honest and humble individual that loves proffering solutions to problems as best as he can.

Before joining Chigari Foundation as Financial Management Specialist, Victor worked with S. Akinyele Oludare & Co as Senior Audit Manager. 


Grace Natson- Admin and Human Resource Manager, Abuja


Grace Natson heads the Administration and Human Resources desk for the Chigari Foundation. Prior to this, she worked with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency as Principal Admin Officer from where she was seconded to the Federal Ministry of Health to serve as Personal Secretary to the then Honourable Minister of State for Health (Dr Muhammad Ali Pate). She has also served as Personal Secretary to the Former Chief Economic Adviser to Late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua. Her work experience span through the banking sector and textile manufacturing sector. Grace holds Master Degree in Public Administration from Ahamdu Bello University Zaria and Higher National Diploma in Secretarial Studies from Kaduna Polytechnic.


Emmanuel Sawyerr (Esq) - Legal Adviser/Secretary, Operations Abuja

 Emmanuel Sawyerr Esq is a legal Practitioner and the legal adviser/Secretary  to Chigari Foundation. He is a Law graduate of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State. Upon completion of his university degree, he proceeded to the Nigeria law school where he passed his law exams and was called to the Nigeria Bar in 2012. He obtained a Master degree in Law from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State. He went further to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and at present admitted to study law at Post masters level at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and has completed a development course on ‘Developing Innovative ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship’ at the University of Maryland, USA. Emmanuel is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association and Nigeria Institute of Management. He is a passionate advocate of better leadership & community/environmental development through tactical engagement of traditional institutions and relevant stakeholders, a community organiser, a lecturer, a writer/researcher and a Chigari advocate 


Bayo A. Akinnubi - Finance Analyst - Abuja


Bayo A. Akinnubi works as a Finance Analyst with the Chigari Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Bayo is a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. (ICAN).

Bayo trained with the firm of Sulaimon Falade & Co Chartered Accountants and has a good experience financial advisory, financial reporting, budgeting and taxation. Prior to joining Chigari Foundation. Bayo did his mandatory National Youth Service Corp in Supplies and Administrative Department of Oyo State Ministry of Finance before joining the firm of Sulaimon Falade & Co. He has a passion to provide cutting-edge financial reporting services for institutional sustainability.

The Programme Team


Aliyu Ladan Mohammed - Senior Programme Specialist, Abuja


Aliyu is the Senior Programme Specialist and team leader in charge of programmes coordinating the Foundation’s support for implementation of community engagement through the traditional institution to improve routine immunization and primary health care in the six MOU states.

He holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Health (MPH) International from the University of Leeds in United Kingdom. He is a graduate of Microbiology from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi, Nigeria.  Aliyu is an Assistant Director Advocacy and Communication with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Abuja (On secondment to Chigari Foundation). Prior to that at NPHCDA, he worked as Chief Advocacy and Programme Communication Officer from August 2014 to February 2016, Assistant Chief Social Mobilization Officer from March 2013 to August 2014 and Consultant Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on PHC Delivery from April 2011 to March 2013. 


Musa Usman Abdullahi - Programme Specialist, Abuja


Musa is a graduate from Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State. He served in Akure, Ondo State. Musa was Monitoring and Accountability Consultant at the National Emergency Operation Centre in Abuja for Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) to support in advocacy/sensitization meetings, data collection/analysis, monitoring planned RI, SIADs & IPDs activities. In delivering responsibilities he made presentations, generated immunisation informative maps, tracked the PEI work plan & schedules, engaged in cold chain supervision as well as produced security and financial status report etc. He resigned from EOC in February 2016 to an appointment in Chigari Foundation as Community Engagement Specialist (CES) in Kaduna and currently Programme Specialist (PS) to support in improving demand for Routine Immunisation and establishing a strong community linkage for PHC delivery. 


Abubakar Ali Babanyawo Community Engagement Specialist, Yobe


Abubakar is an indigene of Potiskum Local Government Area of Yobe State, where he attended his primary and secondary education. He holds a Diploma in Electrical Technology from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi State and a BSc in Geography from Kano State University of Science and Technology, Kano State. Prior to joining Chigari Foundation team as the Yobe State Community Engagement Specialist (CES), he worked with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (North East Zone), as Zonal Technical Officer for Yobe state. Abubakar is married with four children.


Maryam Abdu Garba - Community Engagement Specialist, Kano


Maryam Abdu Garba is currently working with Chigari Foundation as a Community Engagement Specialist (CES) to manage community engagement activities in Kano State by working closely with the network of Traditional Leaders to improve demand and utilization of Routine Immunisation and Primary Health Care service delivery, under the supervision of the senior program specialist. Until her appointment in February 2016 she worked with National Primary Health Care Development Agency for 3 years as a monitoring and accountability consultant posted to Kano State. Maryam was involved in monitoring of planned PEI campaign activities from pre-implementation to post Implementation and tracking accountability at LGA levels under the supervision of the national Deputy Incident Manager (DIM) of National Polio Emergency Operations Center and the project manager.


Shamsudeen Mohammed Bello - Community Engagement Specialist, Sokoto


Shamsudeen attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for a BSc degree and postgraduate diploma in analytical chemistry. He undertook an industrial training at Kaduna refinery and petrochemical company under the quality assurance unit also served at Maryam Babangida Girls’ Science College, Minna for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Shamsudeen was a part time lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria while working as the Monitoring and Accountability officer in Jibia Local Government Area for national polio eradication Emergency Operation Centre (EOC). He has worked in a team to contribute towards achieving the goals of the Chigari Foundation in his capacity as the Community Engagement Specialist (CES) for Sokoto State. He continues to serve with commitment and dedication to ensure improved health for all, through adequate service delivery, social mobilization and community participation for action to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality. Shamsudeen was born in Mairaua Fakari Local Government Area, Katsina State.


Usman Musa - Community Engagement Specialist,Kaduna


Usman obtained his first school-leaving certificate from Pilot Primary School, Wuse and subsequently completed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from Government College, Keffi. At university level he has obtained BA (Hon) English Language from University of Maiduguri, Borno, Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from University of Maiduguri, Borno and currently pursuing MSc Mass Communication in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is an early career development professional with prior experience working with World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF as an independent Monitoring and VWS for three years. Usman has also worked with the National Polio Emergency Operation Center as a Monitoring and Accountability consultant for two and half year before joining Chigari Foundaton in February 2016 as the Community Engagement Specialist (CES) in Bauchi State and later redeployed to Kaduna State. Usman is married with a child and enjoys reading, travelling and playing football.


Salisu Babba Usman - Communications Development Specialist (CDS)


Salisu is a Communication Development Specialist at Chigari Foundations, assigned to collaborate with various units/departments on communications projects to support the vision and objectives of Chigari Foundation as well as write development documents that include engagement proposals, publications and communication materials. Prior to joining Chigari Foundations he worked as Project Officer and Facilitator with focus in Behavioural Communications Change (BCC). Salisu has spent over 11 years working as an independent consultant/ freelancer for NGOs and Federal State governments across Nigeria. He worked in various capacities such as: Leader Solving Local Problems for Local Communities (Presidential Task Committee on Immunisation, 2008), Secretary Lottery Sensitisation Committee (NLRC Abuja 2012-2014), Technical Assistant Media to Minister of Health (2011-2013), National Consultant for Technical Services NPHCDA 2011-2014. Salisu Babba holds BA (Hons) Professional Communication from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Malaysia.