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Mrs. Hannah Onyinoyi Odiyo was born on July 21, 1961, in Okengwe, Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State. She had her Primary Education at the St. Paul’s Anglican Primary School, Okengwe in 1975 and proceeded to Lennon Memorial College, Ageva- Okene where she had her West African School Certificate in the year 1980.

She acquired Advanced Level Certificate from the School of Basic Studies, Kwara State College of Technology, Ilorin in 1982 and thereafter, proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in June 1985.

Mrs. Hannah Onyinoyi Odiyo got her first working experience with the then Kwara State Education Management Board as Biology Teacher in 1986. She worked with the Kwara State Government till the year 1991 and was subsequently deployed to the newly created Kogi State as Biology and Integrated Science Teacher in the service of the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, Lokoja in September, 1991. Between August, 1995 to July, 1997 she was assigned on an international mission to the Ministry of Education in Lusaka, Zambia under the TECHNICAL AID CORP as Biology and Integrated Science Teacher. While in Lusaka, Zambia, she attended the prestigious Evelyn Honne College of Applied Arts and Commerce where she obtained a Certificate in Computer Application in June, 1996. She also obtained a Master Degree in Environmental Management from the Kogi State University Anyigba in the year 2013.

As an Environmentalist She worked with the Kogi State Environmental Protection Board, Lokoja as the Acting Director and Head of Department, Environmental Monitoring, Enforcement and Inspection of Industries. She also worked with the Kogi State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and was the Director of Environment in charge of Ecological problems. In addition, she was the Desk Officer, Kogi State Erosion and Watershed Management Project (Kogi NEWMAP).

Mrs. Odiyo had served in many several committees including the Committee for the Development of Important Documents for the State e.g Kogi State Policy on Environment, Kogi State Economic Empowerment and Development Document (KOSEED, ENVIRONMENT).

She served in several Federal Government Panels on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). These panels include the Obajana Cement Plc, Obajana Earth Dam Project, Quarry Project for Obajana Cement Complex, GSM Mast and Optic Fiber Cable Laying, RIVGAS Refinery/ Petro Chemical Complex, Porthacourt , NSP/Rivers State Government Refinery Project, 250 Km Gwagwalada-Lokoja- Ajaokuta 330KV Transmission Line and Associated 330/132KV Substation Facilities Project, Power Plant and Solid Minerals Mining.

Mrs. Hannah Onyinoyi Odiyo participated in the Development of Environmental Sanitation Policy and Action Plan Documents in the year 2004 as well as the Development of National Water Sanitation Policy Documents in the same year. She equally participated in the Development of Kogi State Environmental Protection Board Law.

She has attended several seminars and workshops within and outside Nigeria among which are: The use of Environmental Laboratory Equipment by ELE, England (1998), Local Empowerment And Environmental Management Project (2005), ODS Phase out Programme (2006), Post Flood Disaster Risk Assessment by the World Bank (2012) and Urban Resilience International workshop in Barcelona-Spain (2005).

She delivered Papers at workshops and seminars on Environmental Pollution in Kogi State (Problems, Constraints and Solutions) 2002 and Pollution control in a Steel Industry, Ajaokuta Steel Company 2005.

Mrs. Hannah Onyinoyi Odiyo was the Focal Officer, UN-Habitat Programmes between 2014 – 2016 and Desk Officer UNDP Environmental Project between 2014 – 2016 both in Kogi State.

She was involved in several World Bank Assisted Projects like Sustainable Land Management FADAMA III Projects, Staple Crop Processing Zone Support Project, and Public Sector Governance Reform and Development Project.

She is the Head of Civil Service Kogi State and a member of the State Executive Council with effect from February 11, 2021.

She is currently serving as member in the Boards and Councils of Government and Tertiary Institutions respectively, in the State, among which are Kogi State University, College of Education Ankpa, College of Education (Technical) Kabba, Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Kogi State Pension Commission, and Kogi State Community and Social Development Project.

Mrs. Odiyo is widowed but blessed with four Children and a Grandchild. Her life has been that of hard work, dedication to service, and perseverance with the fear of God. For many years, she worked with the Teenagers Outreach Ministries in Nigeria, a faith-based NGO for Adolescents and currently she is the President of Tabitha Vision Network (TVN), a faith-based NGO for young widows.

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