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.

7 thoughts on “TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN – Dr Goli Joseph LAMIRI

  1. My dad my mentor my hero a man of legacy and a good father really missing you and my wish is that your soul rest in perfect peace with the lord
    your son: ibrahim Goli lamiri


  2. So sad. Just knowing that Dr Goli is dead. I met in Lagos and he made my service year (NYSC) in yobe a memorable one. Took me to his village and his family; what a sad loss. May his soul rest in peace.


  3. I don’t know you in person but my wife told me about great experience she had with you having worked together in Kano( Nigeria). I was happy when you guys re-united few months ago but I never knew you were rounding up to leave the stage. your memory lives on and may your soul rest in peace.
    I can still say thank for your contributions to her career( BCC & Community Mobilization)- she is excellent in what she does and you were the boss.


  4. Dr Goli was a very special person, full of drive, joy, spontaneity, wisdom, determination and intelligence. Nothing was done without a good laugh with the quality of work always being there. With all the different telephone line obstacles between CS Headquarter’s / HPI and and the Team Leader Office, we could always count on his open ear and heart to move forward on our EU-SIGN mission.

    Our Team Leader will be greatly missed to all of us.

    Allison Coe and Ulrike Hoekstra


  5. I feel very fortunate to have worked with Dr. Goli on EU-SIGN. He was a great leader and driven to improve immunization services and primary health care in Nigeria. We all greatly appreciated his vision and his commitment to the project and the team. I enjoyed working with Dr. Goli and I will miss him, his leadership and his wonderful laugh. Rest in Peace, Dr. Goli.

    Anne McArthur


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