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About Us

Yakubu Gowon Foundation (YGF) is registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) , non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit perpetual foundation that leverages on a sustainable goverment-donor-community partnership for development.

The Foundation strives to be at the frontline of social transformation and community development in Nigeria and beyond.

YGF was founded in 2008 by Dr. Mrs. Victoria Hansatu Gowon with the support of an appreciative and appreciated 'Committee of Friends' in honour of General Dr Yakubu Gowon, GCFR, who appropriately serves as its Patron and from whom the Foundation draws its inspiration for service, patriotism, integrity and love. The Foundation's programmes commenced in 2010 when the pioneer Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Dan Tenshak, assumed duty. Since then, the Foundation has made its mark in the sector and laid a solid foundation for growth, both organizationally and programme wise.


Our Vision is to build a values-based Foundation that supports communities in accessing sustainable healthcare, education, agriculture and peaceful building through strategic partnerships.


To support the growth of communities in heathcare, education, agriculture and peaceful building in a sustainable manner, YGF adopts the following objectives:

  • Identifies and preserves key legacies and ideals of its Patron for the benefit of society
  • Recognizes various laudable efforts and initiatives aimed at bringing relief to communities and builds on them in order to fill existing development gaps
  • Believes that inclusive social development is essential in filling development gaps in communities and seeks relevant sustainable local innovations and initiatives towards realizing set goals
  • Focuses on its thematic areas of Health, Education, Agriculture and Peace building (HEAP) within the framework of National Policies and Global Focus
  • Subscribes to strategies, engagements, partnerships and communication as necessary components of its programme implementation
  • Upholds the integrity, passion for service, teamwork, excellence, statesmanship and simplicity as core values in all it does and seeks to inculcate same in its partners.


The Foundation has the following administrative structure:

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the policy direction of the Foundation. It is made up of people of high integrity and standing in the society.

  • Dr. (Mrs.) Victoria H. Gowon, CON

    Board of Trustees

  • H.E. Alh.(Dr.) Adamu Mu'azu

    Board of Trustees

  • Ambassador Moses Ihonde

    Board of Trustees

  • Prof. (Mrs.) Dora Akunyili

    Board of Trustees

  • Prof. O.O. A Fasanya

    Board of Trustees

  • Dr. (Mrs.) M.C. Yaroson

    Board of Trustees

  • Barr. Okey Akobundu

    Board of Trustees

Governing Council

The Governing Council acts in an advisory capacity to the Management of the Foundation and provides oversight on the general management of the Foundation on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

  • Prof. O.O. A Fasanya

    Governing Council

  • Dr. (Mrs.) M.C. Yaroson

    Governing Council

  • Barr. Okey Akobundu

    Governing Council

Management Team

The Management Team executes the policies and programmes of the Foundation in accordance with laid down procedures and ensures that tasks are dutifully executed to meet targets and in a responsible manner. They are:

  • Chief Executive Officer

  • Head of Administration

  • Accountant

  • M & E Officer

  • Core Programme Officers

  • Desk Officer

  • Secretary

  • Volunteers

  • Dr. Mrs. Victoria Hansatu Gowon, CON

    A word from our Chairman

  • General Dr. Yakubu Gowon, GCFR

    A word from our Patron

  • H.E. Alh.(Dr.) Adamu Mu'azu

    A word from a member of our BOT.

  • Ambassador Moses Ihonde

    A word from a member of our BOT.

  • Prof. (Mrs.) Dora Akunyili

    A word from a member of our BOT.

  • Prof. O.O.A. Fasanya

    A word from a member of our BOT.

  • Dr. (Mrs.) M.C. Yaroson

    A word from a member of our BOT.

  • Barr. Okey Akobundu

    A word from a member of our BOT.

Focus Areas

The Foundation operates as an implementing and grant making organisation.

As a service oriented organization,the Foundation desires to pursue its vision through four thematic focus area of HEALTH, EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE and PEACE BUILDING (HEAP) and to ensure that in the task of building a better society, no one is left behind.

Some of our Donors

National Orientation Agency

Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution

Industrial Training Fund

National Primary Healthcare Development Agency

T.Y. Danjuma Foundation

Central Bank of Nigeria

Nigeria Television Authority


Projects for 2015

Here are some of the Projects we will embark on in 2015.

Projects for 2014

YGF is constantly involved in new projects to achieve results in our core areas, HEAP.

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10 March, 2015 - By YGF

Organized by the Yakubu Gowon Foundation with the support of the National Orientation Agency.

Are you undergoing the National Youth Service Corp? Then this is for you!

Application Deadline: 30 April, 2015


Eligibility: Open to graduates currently undergoing the NYSC with the year 2015

Prizes: 1st Place - N300,000.00; 2nd Place - N200,000.00; 3rd Place - N100,000 and consolation prizes of N50,000.00 each for 7 winners.

Essay Guidelines:

  • The essay must contain about 3000 words

  • Essay should include a title page with Essay Title, your name, phone number, email address, place of origin and gender

  • Essay should include a brief Biodata of not more than 50 words

  • Essay must be original and unpublished

  • Essay must be written by one person. Co-authored essays will not be acceptable

  • Essay must be endorsed by NYSC Zonal Inspector of LGA and the Head of the place of primary assignment

  • Copyright of essays will be assigned to the Organizers

  • Submit your essay online -;

Announcement: Award winners will be announced and ceremony held in Abuja by July 2015. Actual date to be communicated to winners.

Contact Address: 1 Lugard Road, PMB 2718, Jos, Plateau State, 07031811093, 07084851221, 07059223828, 07095279172

Cervical Cancer 2014


YAKUBU GOWON FOUNDATION in collaboration with SEEDS OF MERCY AND LOVE FOUNDATION is organising a Sensitization Rally on Cervical Cancer on the 24TH SEPTEMBER 2014 and a one day Sensitization Workshop on Cervical Cancer at Hill Station Hotel on the 25TH OF SEPTEMBER 2014.


YGF bid farewell to the first Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Daniel B. Tenshak. who had served two tenures of two years each, on the 31st March 2014.

The Yakubu Gown Foundation Board of Trustees 10 March, 2014 - By YGF

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