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slide8Ayo Abimbola is a native of Ijebu-Remo origin who was born in Lagos state at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital on April 20, 1964. His father is High Chief Festus Olatilewa Abimbola, the Opo Iraye (‘Poraye) II of Ode Remo, Ogun state, who is also the Olotu Ofua of Ode Remo; being President of the Ode Remo Council of Chiefs a.k.a Ofua Ode. His mother is Princess Agnes Okalo Momodu of the Okaijesan Royal family of the Onogie of Irrua, Edo state. His early childhood years were mostly between Ogun, Lagos and Edo states. 

He had his primary education at Government Demonstration School, Gbaja in Surulere, Lagos as well as Government School, Eguare, Irrua in the defunct Bendel state (now Edo and Delta states).  He received his O-Level secondary school education at Annunciation Catholic College (ACC), Irrua in the defunct Bendel state, as well as Ontario Academic Credits (OAC) A-Level secondary education at Parkdale Collegiate Institute (PCI) in Toronto, Canada.

Prior to traveling overseas from Nigeria in the late 1980s, he had a humble beginning type of employment involving an opportunity to serve as a Clerical Officer between 1984 and 1989 with the former National Provident Fund Management Board (NPFMB), now known as Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). He left Nigeria for Holland in 1989 on a sojourn which took him through the Netherlands and Canada and ultimately arriving the United States of America in 1992.

While studying Health Information Management at the Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas in the late 1990s, Ayo took an unconventional decision to join the United States Navy (USN) at a much older age than most people usually did. And upon completion of General Military Training at the Naval Training Center (NTC) in Great Lakes, Illinois was assigned to the elite Hospital Corpsman career field where he received specialized medical and hospital management training with the U.S. Naval School of Health Sciences’ Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes.

Following consequent active duty assignments at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, he received military Orders to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) for further specialized training at the former Field Medical Service School (FMSS), now U.S. Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California in preparation for assignments with the United States Fleet Marine Force. 

Other military trainings Ayo received included numerous programs in strategic, tactical, administration and management methodologies at the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) Personnel Qualification Standards Training Center with the Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC). He also received military Instructor and Combat Casualty Care Course (C4) medical education management training with the Joint-service Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI), as well as received Planned Operations for Medical Intelligence (POMI) training with the U.S. Naval Medical Education Training Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  

He has trained and variously worked in the sociological, medical management, and public health fields.  Having earlier attended both Georgia Perimeter College and Texas Southern University to initially study Health Information Management, a move which essentially launched his medical management career in the United States military, Ayo’s love for the knowledge of how everyday societies function prompted him in the direction of ultimately earning a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in Sociology from Saint Leo University, Florida, USA.

But in his quest to continue digging deeper into the public health industry after his active military service period, Ayo returned back to graduate school for a master’s in public health (MPH) program specializing in emergency and disaster management with the world-famous Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Ramat Aviv, Israel. In addition to being a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, his leadership skills, management acumen, civil society and humanitarian actions engagement expertise involving government operations and the healthcare sector spans two decades.  

An avid social commentator, freelance columnist, writer, and civil society leader, Ayo has authored numerous pro-democracy features and critical analysis articles published Online.  He is on the Board of three U.S.-based civic organizations and he is also founder and president of a U.S.-based national non-profit Veteran Service Organization which operates shelters for homeless U.S. military veterans. He is also the founder of International Reform Order of Nigeria (IRON), a Texas-based political think tank that has worked closely and collaborated extensively with various non-governmental groups across sub-Saharan West Africa in working on humanitarian action projects. 

Some of Ayo’s numerous awards and decorations in the U.S. military include National Defense Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Letters of Commendation; and Meritorious Masts. As part of his deep involvement the Nigerian civil society movements and humanitarian action endeavors, he has been serving since 2005 and continues to serve as Executive Director of the Citizens For Nigeria (CFN); a civil society organization which operates and runs the veritable Againstbabangida.com web site. 

Ayo has variously managed War Casualties Tracking (WCT) programs for the United States Marine Corps’ Wounded, Ill and Injured Tracking Systems as a Recovery Care Coordinator, Medical Programs Specialist, Program Manager, and Medical Services Delivery Specialist. Ayo is presently into management consulting services involving humanitarian action initiatives and open-source intelligence (OSINT) analyses both in the United States of America and across select sub-Saharan West African countries.

His wealth of management, administrative, organizational and analytical skills will bear positively on legislative deliberations at the Nigerian National Assembly; on the welfare of his good people of the Remo Federal Constituency (Remo North, Ikenne and Sagamu LGAs) of Ogun state, and on people of the Nigerian nation as a whole.  Ayo is happily married and blessed with children.

For a detailed view of Ayo’s recent professional management and administrative activities, visit his LinkedIn profile page at: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=93095251