Dr Goli Joseph Lamiri was born on 19th October 1965 to the family of Mr and Mrs Lamiri Nyako in Kukar Gadu town of Yobe State.
He attended his early primary and secondary education in Kaduna State during the missionary work of his parents. Late Dr Goli attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he graduated in 1989 as a medical doctor. He proceeded to Maiduguri General Hospital the same year to complete his mandatory one year housemenship (internship) where he met Dr James Onoja Attah, the current Immunisation Expert for EU-SIGN project who came to the hospital for his own housemanship. The two quickly became intertwined in an unending professional relationship and friendship that continued to grow up until his death at 5.30 pm on 5th May, 2016. Dr Goli began his early medical career with a fine practice and passion. He was loved by his patients and colleagues.
On completion of his internship and National Youth Service Corps, Dr Goli worked with the Yobe State Ministry of Health and later joined the Federal Ministry of Health. He was an authour of the pioneering Nigeria Immunisation Field Guide in the 1990s. He met Dr Attah again in 1998 under the auspices of the then National Programme on Immunisation (NPI) when they conducted the first National Immunisation Days in Zamfara State and cold chain assessment in Sokoto State as Central Facilitators (CF).
He attended London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene where he earned a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1994 and an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries in 2000. His work made a substantial impact in Ghana and Niger as well as Nigeria.
From October 2007 to June 2011, he intervened on the thriving project of EU-SRIK (Support to Routine Immunisation in Kano State) as Immunisation Expert with Conseil Santé.
He joined the EU-SIGN project (Conseil Santé consortium – Conseil Santé, SOFRECO and Health Parnters International) in May 2014 as Team Leader, guiding his team on the successful delivery of an extremely ambitious programme.
Dr Goli Joseph Lamiri was a gentle man to the core, very patient, hardworking, and intelligent. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, the EU-SIGN team and Nigeria as a whole.