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Director General/Secretary to the Board of the NDLEA
The new Director General/ Secretary of the Board of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Femi Ajayi has reported for duty at the Agency’s National Headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos. His appointment followed the expiration of the tenure of his predecessor, Otunba Lanre Ipinmisho. Mr. Femi promised to add value to work and progress of the Agency through quality service in the administration of drug control in the country.
Mr. Femi Ajayi, a multi-disciplinary professional (biochemist, journalist and international law expert) was, until this appointment, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Development Cooperation and Diaspora Relations.
Before his appointment as a Presidential aide in June 2007, Mr. Ajayi had previously served with Department For International Development (DFID) as a Senior Communication Specialist at DFID-ProPCom; Resident Coordination Specialist of the United System (2005/2006); UNICEF Communication Consultant for HIV/AIDS (2001); National Professional Officer for Communication and Informatics for UNESCO (1999/2001); United Nations Information Centre (1992 to 1999), Science Editor/Member of the Editorial Board of Daily Times (1987/90), and Media Consultant to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) (1991).
As Science Editor/Member of the Editorial Board of Daily Times, Mr. Ajayi participated in the six-week International Workshop on Drug Abuse and Trafficking sponsored by the United States Information Agency at the Voice of America in Washington D.C. in May –June 1989 where he presented a paper on Nigeria’s Drug Scene: the challenge of Drug Demand Reduction and Prohibition.
An experienced International Civil Servant, Development Communication Specialist, and Public Affairs Analyst, Mr. Ajayi got his first degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ife in 1981; Post-graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Times Journalism Institute 1984; and Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos.
Ajayi has authored many books including Sustainable Development Diplomacy: Nigeria’s Diplomatic Wars for Regional Progress (2003); Communication for HIV/AIDS Prevention: A guidebook for practitioners (2001) and Reporting the United Nations: A Handbook for Journalists