Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, OHCSF

Dr. Evelyn N. Ngige

Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, OHCSF



Dr. Evelyn Ngige hails from Ibusa in Oshimilli North Local Government area of Delta State.

She attended Our Lady of Apostles Private School and Queen’s College Lagos. She obtained the West African School Certificate Ordinary Level with Division 1 and the GCE Advanced Level after which she proceeded to College of Medicine, University of Lagos where she graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.

In 1991 she obtained a postgraduate Diploma in Anaesthesia from the school of postgraduate studies of the University of Lagos.

In 1996, she proceeded to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital for the residency training program. She obtained the Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in the Paediatric Faculty in November 2003.

Dr. Evelyn Ngige joined the Federal Civil Service in June, 1992 as a Senior Medical Officer and worked in various Federal Staff Clinics and the Federal Staff Hospital 1004 Estate Victoria Island, Lagos.

In 2003, she obtained the Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and was appointed Consultant. She rose to the rank of Consultant Special Grade I in 2007.

She joined the National AIDS and STIs Control Program (NASCP) and headed the Prevention Unit in 2006. She served as National Coordinator of NASCP from 2012 to 2015.

As National Coordinator of the National AIDS and STIs Control Program, she set up the National Hepatitis control Program in Nigeria. The program developed the First National Hepatitis Policy document in sub-Sahara Africa. The development provided the impetus for intensified efforts geared towards resource mobilization for Hepatitis control in the country.

Dr. (Mrs) Ngige was also drafted to work with the team put together by the Minister of Health to develop the plan for the response to the Ebola outbreak of 2014. Her tenure saw a reduction in HIV prevalence in Nigeria to 3.1%.

From 2016-2019, Dr (Mrs) Ngige was the Director of Public Health (DPH) in the Federal Ministry of Health.

As DPH, she led the Technical Committee for the conduct of the National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), the largest Population-Based HIV Survey ever conducted globally.

She facilitated the introduction of the electronic International Certificate of Vaccination (e-Yellow Cards) for international travellers to address the problem of counterfeiting which had become a source of national embarrassment.

Her tenure as DPH also heralded the establishment of the National Tobacco Control Committee and passage of the National Tobacco Control Regulations. She also coordinated the development of the first Multi-sectoral Action Plan for Non-Communicable Diseases control in Nigeria and other policy documents guiding the implementation of interventions of Public Health importance.

Dr. Evelyn Ngige supervised and coordinated the National HIV/STIs, National Malaria Elimination, National Tuberculosis/Leprosy Control, Non-Communicable Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Climate Change, Epidemiology and National Eye Health Programmes.

Over a period of 15 years, she has acquired local and international experience in Organisational and Operational Research, Grants and Resource Mobilisation and Management for Governance. She has represented the country at various International fora on Public Health.

She has also attended certificate courses in Public Health including certificate course on Human Resource for Health at Harvard University. She has authored and co-authored several scientific publications.

Dr. Evelyn Ngige was appointed Federal Permanent Secretary in December, 2019. She is the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.