Barrister Aver Gavar is the Director of the Human Rights Education and Programmes Department at the National Human Rights Commission in Nigeria. Her role involves strategic planning, program development, training, resource mobilization, collaboration, monitoring, policy advocacy, and public outreach. With over three decades of legal experience, she is a strong advocate for children's rights, especially those with disabilities, contributing significantly to advancing the implementation of the disability act in Nigeria. Armed with a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from the University of Jos, her career is defined by unwavering dedication to legal principles and human rights advocacy, driven by academic excellence and compassion. Representing Nigeria on the AU Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, she amplifies the voices of vulnerable children globally, ensuring their protection and well-being across borders. Additionally, deeply rooted in her community, she actively engages with those she serves, embodying a spirit of service and compassion in all her endeavors. Passionate about inclusivity and social justice, she chairs SECHILD, advocating for the rights of children with disabilities, their parents, and caregivers.

Kawan Aondofa-Anjira (Mrs, FIMC, MILM, CILRM)

Kawan Aondofa-Anjira is a dynamic leader serving as the President of The Sedoo Initiative for Children with Special Needs (SECHILD) in Abuja, Nigeria. With a deep-seated commitment to community service and an extensive background in banking, Kawan has been at the forefront of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of children with special needs and their families. Her leadership encompasses strategic planning, program development, and the implementation of SECHILD's mission, which focuses on providing comprehensive support and advocacy for children with cerebral palsy. With over two decades of experience in the banking sector, Kawan has excelled in various key roles, including public sector management, commercial banking, and branch leadership. Her vast expertise enables her to build strategic partnerships, drive community outreach efforts, and advocate for essential policy changes to enhance healthcare, education, and social services for children with disabilities. Kawan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications from Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria, graduating in June 2008. She also completed her youth service at the Federal Ministry of Information in the FCT, Nigeria, earning the 1998/1999 NYSC/FCT Honors award for service to humanity. As the founder and President of SECHILD since January 2011, Kawan established the organization to provide critical support and resources to children with cerebral palsy and their families. She leads strategic planning, program development, and implementation efforts to meet the unique needs of these children. Her work includes forging partnerships with governmental agencies, NGOs, and international organizations to expand SECHILD's reach and impact. She is a tireless advocate for policy changes and initiatives that improve access to healthcare, education, and social services for children with disabilities. In addition to her role as President, Kawan serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for SECHILD projects. She has developed and implemented community health education programs focused on disease prevention, maternal and child health, and nutrition. She conducts needs assessments and collaborates with local stakeholders to identify priorities and resources for health promotion initiatives. Additionally, she facilitates training workshops and seminars for community health workers and volunteers on health education and behavior change communication strategies. Kawan is a mother of four children, two of whom were born with cerebral palsy. Her personal experiences as a mother facing the challenges associated with cerebral palsy inspired her to establish SECHILD. Through her work, Kawan continues to make a profound impact on the lives of children with special needs and their families, driven by both her professional expertise and her heartfelt dedication. She is a firm believer in God and a recipient of numerous humanitarian and activist awards.

Aondofa Anjira

Aondofa Anjira, the Vice President of SECHILD, is not only a devoted father but also a passionate advocate for children with special needs. Armed with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the esteemed University of Ibadan, Aondofa brings his professional expertise to his current role at the National Pension Commission (PENCOM). As a father of four, Aondofa's journey took an unexpected turn when two of his children, Sedoo and Aondofa, were born with Cerebral Palsy. This profound experience ignited his fervent advocacy for the rights of children with disabilities. Drawing from his personal challenges and triumphs, Aondofa actively provides guidance and support to fellow men and fathers, sharing his wisdom and advocating for the rights of children with disabilities. His unwavering commitment to leveraging his experiences to create positive change exemplifies his dedication to fostering inclusivity and equality for all children, regardless of their abilities.


Jamila Ibrahim-Danbatta is a dynamic professional with extensive experience in the banking sector and a commitment to community service. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Ilorin, she has garnered a wealth of knowledge and skills throughout her career. Her journey in the banking industry began with roles ranging from Customer Service Officer to Relationship Manager, where she excelled in identifying new business opportunities, managing client relationships, and providing sound financial advice. Notably, her tenure as Relationship Manager at Intercontinental Bank Plc. saw her contributing significantly to the growth of the branch deposit. Transitioning into leadership positions, Jamila served as Head of Customer Services Unit at Oceanic Bank International and later as Head of Operations at Allstates Trust Bank, where she supervised and coordinated various banking activities, ensuring operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. Her dedication to making a difference extends beyond the banking sector. She identified and supported children with special needs, providing them with education and care. Currently, Jamila serves as the Head of Enrolment Monitoring & Supervision at the National Identity Management Commission, where she oversees enrolment activities nationwide, demonstrating her ability to manage large-scale operations effectively. With proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, excellent interpersonal skills, and fluency in multiple languages, including English, Hausa, Nupe, and Yoruba, Jamila is well-equipped to excel in diverse professional environments. Outside of work, Jamila enjoys extensive reading and listening to music. She is passionate about youth mentoring and guidance, poverty alleviation, and community development. Jamila is also a devoted mother to a child with cerebral palsy, underscoring her commitment to advocacy for the rights of all children, especially those with special needs.

Dr. Ver-or Ngutor

Dr. Ver-or Ngutor, a seasoned Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, brings a wealth of expertise and experience to our board. With a BDS from the University of Ibadan and FWACS from the West African College of Surgeons, Dr. Ngutor has held various prestigious roles, including CEO/Surgeon at the Oral Health Advocacy Initiative (OHAI) and Consultant at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital. His career highlights include performing complex surgeries, such as cleft lip reconstructions and maxillofacial trauma management, and operating on over 9,400 cleft lip patients across Nigeria and Africa through Smile Train. He is also an acclaimed thought leader in the field, with numerous publications and presentations at national and international conferences. Aside from his professional achievements, Dr. Ngutor has contributed significantly to social development, serving as Director of the Oral Health Advocacy Initiative and leading interventions for Noma advocacy and cleft lip surgeries. His commitment to humanitarian service earned him the National Honor's Award as a Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) and other prestigious recognitions. Dr. Ngutor's dedication to making a positive impact aligns perfectly with our organization's values and mission

Esther Iangba-Kapu (Mrs)

Esther Iangba-Kapu (Mrs) pursued her academic journey with a focus on nurturing young minds. With a degree in Agricultural Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and further studies in Education at the Benue State University, Makurdi, Esther's educational background reflects her passion for teaching and learning. Currently serving as a dedicated teacher at the Government Model College, Makurdi, within the Benue State Teaching Service Board, Esther, affectionately known as Aunty Kapu by her students, brings enthusiasm and care to her role. Her deep love for children is evident in her commitment to their education and well-being, making her a beloved figure among her students.


Barrister Terna Isaac Liman is a seasoned legal professional with a profound dedication to serving the legal sector. His career journey underscores his adeptness in customer relationship management, staff oversight, and proficient communication. Currently serving as the Manager/Unit Head of Litigation, Contracts & General Legal Opinion at the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Barrister Terna oversees pivotal legal operations, ensuring adherence to regulations and operational efficiency. His responsibilities encompass managing files and records, steering contract development and management, providing team leadership, and crafting strategic plans. With fluency in Tiv as his native language and English as proficient, Barrister Terna adeptly engages with diverse stakeholders, fostering effective communication and collaboration. His career trajectory underscores his unwavering commitment to professional advancement and excellence. Armed with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ibadan and further legal education from the Nigerian Law School, Barrister Terna's academic prowess complements his extensive practical experience. His relentless pursuit of knowledge is evidenced by his ongoing pursuit of an LLM in Law and Government from Nasarawa State University Keffi. Beyond his legal pursuits, Barrister Terna demonstrates a fervent commitment to community service through his engagement in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and his involvement in various legal capacities across diverse organizations. Barrister Terna's notable achievements include adeptly supervising teams, effectively resolving legal challenges, and contributing to the seamless functioning of legal departments. His unwavering dedication to his profession, coupled with his exceptional interpersonal skills, positions him as a valuable asset in any legal setting.

Afa Mark-Iber (Mrs)

Afa Mark-Iber (Mrs) is a dedicated child rights advocate and currently serves as the General Manager at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) in Abuja. With a solid educational background including Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Economics from the University of Maiduguri and the University of Jos respectively, Afa brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. A certified National Accountant and a member of the Nigeria Economic Society, Afa combines her professional acumen with her passion for social welfare. Her commitment to caring for the needy underscores her dedication to humanitarian causes and reflects her compassionate nature. Esther Iangba-Kapu (Mrs) pursued her acad

Jessica Ofem-Arikpo

Jessica Ofem-Arikpo is a dedicated professional with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State. Passionate about human rights advocacy, Jessica channels her efforts into her role at the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related Matters. As a staunch advocate for child rights, Jessica fervently works towards creating a safer and more equitable environment for children. Her commitment to championing the rights of the most vulnerable members of society reflects her unwavering dedication to social justice and human rights