About Us

Meet the Board of Trustees

Dr. Mrs. Justina Karimu Damap

Dr. Damap is lecturer with the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN). She has been seconded to the college by the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) to serve as lecturer in Old Testament, where she has been lecturing for the past twenty years. Damap has also served in various capacities in the church before her secondment to TCNN. She has served at the COCIN Bible and Agricultural Training Institute (COBATI), Zamko and COCIN Pastors College Kabwir.

Damap served in many capacities in the church as member of Board of Governors Gindiri College of Theology, member License Council COCIN and Evangelism and Church Growth Board. Dr. Damap is the author of the book titled “Widowhood: A Challenge to the Church.” She is a speaker who preaches and teaches in many churches on widowhood and women related issues. She is the current Northern Zone Representative of EHAIA in Northern Nigeria and a board member of NGOs such as The Venerable and Abused Intervention Initiative, a Trustee member of Prof Mark Lere Foundation. She is presently a member of the academic Board of TCNN. Damap has a Bachelor’s Degree (BD), Masters in Theology (OT) from TCNN and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Old Testament from the University of Jos.

Dr. Damap is the Chaiperson of the Board of Trustees of I-VEED.

Prof. Simon Madugu Yalams

Dr. Simon Madugu Yalams is a Professor of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Faculty of Technology Education, Department of Vocational and Technology Education Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He is the immediate past Director of the Human Resource Development Directorate (HRDD) of ATBU Bauchi. Until September 2019 he joined the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and is currently the Centre Director, Bogoro Community Study Centre, of NOUN.

His research interest spans the areas of: Assessment in TVET, Instructional Resources Development for Blended Learning Environments in TVET, Climate Change Education, Greening TVET and Education for Sustainable Development, STEM Education among others. His hobbies include Photography and Video production. He is the leader of the Research Team on Green Education Mobile Learning Assistive Booth (GEMLAB) in ATBU, Bauchi, a research initiative that is aimed at providing affordable sustainable learning environment for children of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those of the Nomadic herdsmen who are socio-culturally disadvantaged in accessing Western Education especially in many states of Nigeria.

Prof. Yalams is a Member of the Board of Trustees of I-VEED.

Rev. Dr. Sylvester Davou Dachomo

Rev. Dr. Sylvester Davou Dachomo is a Fellow of the Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace based in Abuja, Nigeria, and also a board member of Grace and Light International Ministry based in Jos and working in many parts of Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Divinity from TCNN Bukuru (In Affiliation with the University of Jos), Nigeria, and an Msc in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Edinburgh Scotland UK, and obtained his Doctorate degree in Global Christianity and Development from the Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton Massachusetts, USA.

In the last twelve years, he has been teaching courses in Islam and Christian/Muslim Relations, World Religions, Independent Churches and Cults and Missions/Evangelism at the Gindiri Theological Seminary, where he now serves as the Registrar of the Seminary. Rev. Dachomo is a pastor of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN). He is happily married to Margaret, blessed with four children and together have been pastors in churches around Jos and environs for over fifteen years.

Dr. Dachomo is a Member of the Board of Trustees of I-VEED.

Assoc. Prof. Katrina Korb

Katrina A. Korb is an Associate Professor at the University of Jos, Nigeria and the Unit Coordinator of Early Childhood Education. She has a BSc in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa in USA. 

Her current teaching and research interest is in providing holistic and culturally-appropriate learning experiences for young children. She is the author of the Celebrating Young Children series that currently includes four books on learning in the early years.

Dr. Korb is the editor of the Journal of Educational Foundations and has published over twenty journal articles as well as three additional books, including Achieving Academic Success, Teaching Like Jesus, and Fighting for Peace. She is the Chairperson of Early Years Nigeria Initiative and has volunteered for the Young Ambassadors for Community Peace and Inter-Faith Foundation (YACPIF).

Prof. Korb is a Member of I-VEED Board of Trustees.

Barr. Musa Kadiri

Barr. Musa Kadiri is a legal practitioner who presently works with the Federal Ministry of Justice Headquarters, Abuja. He drafted the Bill establishing the Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency (BASOVCA), whose main objective is to help and support orphans and vulnerable children in Bauchi state to overcome their general life challenges.

Barr. Kadiri is a founding member and pioneer secretary of a nongovernmental organization known as “Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Youth Initiative for Peace and Development”, which works to promote peace, harmonious coexistence, growth and development among communities that have been characterized by ethno-religious crises over a long period of time, leading to loss of many lives and properties. He is also legal adviser to a many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other community-based organizations.

He was once the Legal Adviser/Secretary of the Bauchi state Board of Internal Revenue. He has also been involved in Litigation in both Civil and Criminal matters, prosecuting& defending the interest of the government in various capacity, legal drafting, law reporting, contracts vetting and evaluation, drafting of bills, arbitration and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR). He is the pioneer president of Perfect Mwari Old Students Association (PERMOSA), where he headed the committee for the drafting of its constitution and registration. Called to the Nigerian Bar in 2005, he Barr. Kaidir holds a bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B) & Barrister at Law (BL) certificates. He is a member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM); associate member, Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (CIArb., UK). He speaks Hausa, English, Fulfulde and Zaar (Sayawa) languages. He is happily married to Peace M. Kadiri Esq., also a Legal practitioner and educationist, lecturing with the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, and they are blessed with three (3) children.

Barr. Kadiri is the Legal Adviser of I-VEED.

Barr. Deborah Elias Bedwom

Barr. Deborah Elias Bedwom is a legal practitioner with Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFund), a governmental agency charged with improving the educational system in all public tertiary institutions in Nigeria. At TetFund, she is responsible for the management board, providing legal advisory services, negotiations, preparation and interpretation of legal instruments. 

Over the years, she has served in various committees on education reform such as “Girl Child Education” and “Technical Advisory Committee on Impact Assessment of Education Programmes.” She equally participated in the implementation of the Child Rights Act in 2014. Mrs. Bedwom is also a Board Member of “Child is Gold Foundation,” an NGO committed to the all-round development of children. She received her degrees from Madonna University in 2011 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2012.

Barr. Bedwom is a Member of the Board of Trustees of I-VEED.

Rev. Dr. Dogara Ishaya Manomi

Dogara Ishaya Manomi is an ordained Pastor with the Church of Christ in Nations and lecturer at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria. He recently completed his inter-disciplinary doctoral studies in theology and religion (with the highest distinction), with an inter-disciplinary research on biblical exegesis and virtue ethics from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. Rev. Manomi’s deep burden, passion and commitment to the educational development of children arose from his two years working experience as a high school pastor (chaplain), teacher, and patron of the Fellowship of Christian Students at the Perfect Memorial Secondary School, Mwari (North-Eastern Nigeria), where he saw the need not only for financial support to children from poor families, especially orphans, but also the need to provide spiritual, social and psychological support to such children throughout their life’s journey. That need and the burden to contribute to meeting it is what informs his efforts to help such people, which formed part of the reasons for establishing I-VEED.

Rev. Dr. Manomi is the Founder, CEO and Secretary of I-VEED Board of Trustees.

While Mr. Manomi and his wife Batsheba, she being an orphan herself, share this burden and have been helping such child-victims (e.g. of sexual abuse, terrorism and ethno-religious crises) whose educational development has been hindered or is being threatened by poverty, they realized that the need and requests they get is increasingly becoming bigger than what they alone could meet. Therefore, in order to invite family and friends, churches, and organizations to join them in helping such child-victims, they initiated and founded I-VEED, in conjunction with the Board of Trustee members and other like-minded family and friends. Mr. Manomi is a member of several professional associations such as the Society of Biblical Literature, European Association of Biblical Studies, Evangelical Theological Society, and research center for Ethics in Antiquity and Christianity. Rev. Manomi obtained his bachelor of divinity (with first class) from the Gindiri Theological Seminary, Professional Diploma in Education from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Master of Arts in Linguistics and (Bible) Translation from the Theological College of Northern Nigeria,  and PhD in interdisciplinary studies in theology and religion from the University of Mainz, Germany.

Meet the Management Team

Dr. Yohanna S. Mamza

Dr. Yohanna Shaibu Mamza is a native of Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno state, Nigeria, the epicenter of the Boko Haram terrorist activities.

He is a pastor of the EYN church.
Dr. Mamza has a Diploma in Theology from KTS, Bachelor of Arts from Gindiri Theological Seminary, Master of Arts from the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Maiduguri, and a Ph.D. in Arts and Social Science Education from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Dr. Mamza is currently a senior lecturer at the department of Religion and Education at the University of Jos, Nigeria.

 

Mrs. Sadiya Shehu

Mrs. Sadiya Shehu hails from Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau state, Nigeria. Her educational background includes Grade 2 with National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), NCE from the NTI Kaduna, and Bachelors degree (in view) from the University of Jos. Mrs. Shehu is the Matron of a youth organization known as the Amalgamated Organization of Gurum Youths. Mrs. Shehu has a 21 years working experience with the Primary Education Board, Plateau State.

Based on her passion and commitment to the educational development of women and children, especially the less privileged, she founded and serves as the CEO of the “Let My Dream Come True Foundation”, which is an NGO involved in providing adult education to mainly  women school drop outs, enabling them to gain formal education for meaningful participation and contribution to their children’s upbringing and to the society at large.

Mrs. Jerusha Chaimang

Jerusha Chaimang is an active development worker, a peace practitioner and women advocate with over 7 years of active community field experience in peacebuilding, women and youth empowerment programme, gender equality, livelihoods and psycho-social support programs. She is also involved in community service, vuluntarism and outreaches towards improving the well-being of humanity.

Over the years, she has held several leadership positions, is happily married and currently the program coordinator of Apurimac Nigeria, a post she rose to through hard work, dedication and commitment to tasks assigned to her. She is passionate about women and youth empowerment, ending violence against women and transforming conflict to development.

Mr. Esam Muhammad

Mr. Esam Muhammad
Mr. Esam Muhammad is a teacher in Dolphin Maria College, one of the private secondary schools in Bauchi metropolis, Bauchi State. He attended Perfect Memorial Secondary School (PMSS) Mwari for his Secondary School education, after which he proceeded to Al-Hikmah University in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, where he obtained his first degree in Political Science and Conflict Resolution (B.Sc.).

During his University days, he served in various capacities. He was the Secretary General of the National Association of Political Science Students (NAPSS) for two years, Vice President College of the Humanities and Social Sciences Students Association (COHSA) for one year, and finally President National Association of Political Science Students (NAPSS) for one year. He is currently undergoing his M.Sc. Program in Political Science at Bauchi State University, Gadau.  Being a beneficiary of formal education, Esam is committed to the educational development of children.

Mr. Noah G. Daspan

Mr. Noah Gungte Daspan is a teacher, editor, a free-lance writer and a development worker for over a decade. He currently teaches African Oral Literature and Literature-in- English at the State College of Education Gindiri, Plateau State, Nigeria. Between 2005, 2007-2017, Noah taught English Language, Communication Skills and General Studies (GSTs) at Gindiri Theological Seminary and Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Bukuru, all in Plateau State Nigeria. 

Noah G. Daspan has a Diploma in Law from Hassan Katsina State Polytechnic, B.A. English (Literature) from the University of Abuja,  a Professional Diploma in Education from the Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and an M.A. Literature-in- English at the University of Jos.

Mr. Daspan successfully completed the “Development in my Community” (Community Development Service Training) by the World Bank Development Institute in 2006, which qualified him as a Development Knowledge Facilitator on the British Council/World Bank Development Institute/NYSC  Collaboration on Millennium Development Goals and National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategies(NEEDS) in 2006- 2007. He has also been involved in many other Government and NGO development-projects in and outside Nigeria.
 

Noah Daspan is strong advocate of volunteerism for development. During his vacations and other free moments from work, he volunteers to participate in developmental programmes such as the Global Action Project in which served as a volunteer Team Leader (Media and Advocacy –in the Republics of Niger and Mali, in 2006. Between 2011-2013, he also volunteered to serve as a Protocol Assistant during ECOWAS Parliamentary Sessions at the ECOWAS Parliament, Abuja. Mr. Daspan has also volunteered as a Trainer of Trainers for the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) of Nigeria from 2007 to date, through which he has travelled to almost all the states of Nigeria to train fresh Nigerian graduates in NYSC amps, on how to domesticate the Millennium (now Sustainable) Development Goals through their professional skills and community development service.  

His passion is to transform the world around him by showing Christ’s love in his teaching and lifestyle and to serve as a model to his learners who would in turn impact the world with the right values in this age of moral decadence and inhumanity to humanity. To this end, he organizes meetings, seminars and retreats for youths on character formation, value re-orientation and other issues that would enhance national character and Christ’s love, which he learnt through InReach.
 

Mr. Noah G. Daspan is the CEO/Managing Editor of PETTCOM CENTER, a social -enterprise that offers professional services in proofreading, editing, translation, trainings and communication (PETTCOM), which aims at enhancing clarity by eliminating errors, acceptance for publication of academic papers or approval of business  proposals, etc.
Mr. Daspan currently serves as a Management Team Member of Initiative for Victims’ Educational and Economic Development (I-VEED), a Board member of the Vulnerable and Abused Intervention Initiative (VAII) and Youth with Hope Friendly Center in Nigeria (YWHFC). He also belongs to several associations among which include; National Association for the Promotion of Studies in Religions, Education, Languages and General Studies (NAPSRELGS – Nigeria), International Development Actors (IDA – Nigeria),Taking IT Global (TIG- USA), Teaching English as Missions (TEAM – USA), Student Volunteer Movement2 (SVM2 – USA), Common Wealth Youth Forum (UK).    

Mrs. Hajara Musa Muhammad

Mrs. Hajara M. Muhammad is a primary school teacher working with the Bassa Local Education Authority in Bassa Local Government   Area of Plateau State. She has the passion for teaching and counselling children at the grassroot and lowest strata of the society, aiming to impart knowledge/skills, and good morals in children, thereby enabling them to gain formal education, have good character, and be responsible citizens now and in the future. She does this with passion, knowing that today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.

Helen Hyellabarda Shaljaba

Helen Hyellabarda Shaljaba hails from Borno state, Nigeria, and holds degrees in computer science and engineering from the Northern University, Bangladesh, and a degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the National Open University of Nigeria. She is a marketer at Staco Insurance Nigeria Plc. Helen serves voluntarily as the Administrative Secretary of I-VEED.