Enugu State, Nigeria: new political leadership; bold economic vision - the health and education strategies

Hosted by Global Surgery Policy Unit with the Programme for African Leadership

Online and in-person public event (MAR2.10, Marshall Building)


Dr Peter Ndubuisi Mbah

Dr Peter Ndubuisi Mbah

Executive Governor of Enugu State, Nigeria


Dr Rocco Friebel

Dr Rocco Friebel

Assistant Professor of Health Policy, LSE

In this public lecture, Peter Mbah discussed his economic vision for Enugu State, Nigeria, with a focus on his health and education interventions.

Health and education are intricately tied to economic development. Enugu State, situated in the South-East of Nigeria, with an estimated population of 4.7 million, is experiencing a major economic reorganisation under the new leadership of His Excellency, Dr Peter Mbah, whose vision is to catapult the State from the present $4.4Bn economy to a $30Bn economy in the next 4-8 years. Dr Mbah discussed his health and education sectors reforms in the context of his broader multi-sectoral strategies towards the realisation of the economic aspirations of the state.

Meet our speaker and chair

Peter Ndubuisi Mbah (@PNMbah), an international maritime lawyer, businessman, politician, public administrator, and philanthropist, is the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Nigeria. He is the founder, and, until his assumption of office as the Governor of Enugu State, the Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Oil and Gas Ltd., Nigeria’s most dominant downstream oil and gas company. After obtaining LLB Honours from the University of East London (UEL), he was called to the Nigerian Bar and awarded the Bachelor of Law (BL) of the Nigerian Law School. He proceeded to acquire a Master’s degree in Maritime and Commercial Law from the Lagos State University in 2004, Master’s degree in Business Administration from the IESE University of Navarra, Spain, and numerous other executive programme certificates from leading business schools across the world, including the University of Oxford, Harvard Business School, and Lagos Business School. He also holds an honorary Doctorate degree in Political Science from the Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has been honoured with the Governor of the Year 2023 award by The Sun Nigeria and the New Telegraph newspapers for an impressive start of his tenure. He is married and has four children.

Rocco Friebel is a trained Health Economist, currently serving as Director of the Global Surgery Policy Unit (partnership between the London School of Economics and Political Science/LSE Health and the Royal College of Surgeons of England), Deputy Director of LSE Health, Programme Director of the Executive MSc in Healthcare Decision-Making, and Assistant Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the Editor in Chief of Health Economics, Policy and Law (Cambridge University Press) and leads the European Health Policy Group. His primary research interests are the economics of health system delivery, particularly in the areas of patient safety, quality of care, and regulation.  

More about this event

Hosted by the Global Surgery Policy Unit in collaboration with the Programme for African Leadership.

The GSPU is a unique and strategic collaboration between the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Established to advance global public health, surgical and anaesthesia care, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries, the Unit aims to increase access to safe, affordable, high-quality surgery, to improve public health, patient safety and population health outcomes.  

The Programme for African Leadership is an extra-curricular programme of the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa focused on leadership development and networking for LSE graduate students of African nationality.

Supported by LSE Health and the Firoj Lajli Institute for Africa.

LSE Health (@LSEHealthPolicy) is a world-leading multidisciplinary research centre with over 20 years of experience advancing global research in health policy and health economics.

The Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa (FLIA) focuses on engagement with Africa through cutting-edge research, teaching and public events, strengthening LSE’s long-term commitment to place Africa at the heart of understandings and debates on global issues.

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