Pitan Oyeyemi making a stride in Nigeria promoting the reproductive health of the young people and in the fight against COVID-19
Global Financing Facility
Pitan Oyeyemi Temilade is the Nigeria Youth representative to the Global CSOs Coordinating Group for the Global Financing Facility. She is particularly concerned about adolescents and young people’s health programming in Nigeria, which has fallen through the cracks over the years at all levels.
Written by Pitan Oyeyemi Temilade
February 17, 2021
Pitan Oyeyemi Temilade is the Nigeria Youth representative to the Global CSOs Coordinating Group for the Global Financing Facility. She is particularly concerned about adolescents and young people’s health programming in Nigeria, which has fallen through the cracks over the years at all levels. Her first outing as the focal point for the GFF CSCG was in November 2019, when she joined other delegates working on the GFF at the global, regional, and country levels in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire for a capacity building workshop as a Pre GFF-Investors Group Meeting where she was equipped with the knowledge and tactics in engaging and monitoring GFF processes in country.
Upon return to Nigeria, Oyeyemi together with other Nigerian delegates for the 2019 Abidjan workshop had organized a stepdown meeting with the Nigerian GFF CSOs Working Group at the World Bank office in Abuja on the 24th of January 2020 in collaboration with the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON) and the World Bank Liaison Officer in Nigeria. One of the points taken from the meeting was the need for better coordination of CSOs and Youth groups for meaningful engagement towards effective use of funds in improving health outcomes of women, children, adolescents, and young people in Nigeria.
The success of the step-down meeting had generated interest among partners that led to convening a training for young people to develop their skills on data gathering, analysis and development of scorecards. The training was convened by Options, Evidence for Action - Mamaye (E4A) in partnership with Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN). Oyeyemi as the Nigerian youth representative to the Global CSOs coordinating group for the GFF mobilized the youths that participated in the training. At the end of the training, Nigerian youths had embarked on data gathering and analysis for scorecard development on adolescent and young people’s health programming and financing including COVID-19 in Nigeria which exposed the government’s level of planning, programming, and financing for young people’s health grossly found to be inadequate.
Oyeyemi is presently working with other youth leaders to coordinate Nigerian youths to form a youth coalition that focuses on RMNCAH+N and GFF to better coordinate, engage, participate, and maximize different opportunities. Also has advocated for a youth seat on the Nigeria Multi stakeholder country platform which yielded result. Two young people are now members of the Leadership, Partnership and Coordination Sub-committee of the Nigeria RMNCAH+N Platform.