Dr. ONWUDIWE MARYANNE NGOZI
PERMANENT SECRETARY, SERVICE WELFARE OFFICE (SWO)
Dr. Maryanne Ngozi Onwudiwe was born in Enugu and had her early education at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Mission Primary School (now Central School), Obioma, Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State from 1971 to 1975 from where she proceeded to Federal Government College, Enugu from 1975 to 1980 where she graduated in Division 1. She immediately gained admission to study Medicine and Surgery at the University of Benin, Benin City from where she bagged the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1986.
On graduation, Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe did her Housemanship at the General Hospital, Parklane Enugu, now called Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, after which she proceeded to Lagos for the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the Isolo General Hospital. Post NYSC, she had a brief stint in private hospitals as a Medical Officer before joining the Federal Civil Service in October, 1992.
While in the Civil Service, she worked in Federal Staff Hospitals and Clinics in Lagos which include Federal Staff Hospital, Ebute-Metta, Federal Staff Hospital, 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos, Federal Staff Clinics at the Trade Fair Complex Badagry Expressway, National Theatre Iganmu and Federal Secretariat, Ikoyi.
In the course of the various deployments, she rose through the ranks and while on Grade Level 15, in the quest to expand her horizon and improve her knowledge she sought and gained admission into the University of Lagos to do Masters in Public Health from where she graduated in 2004. In 2005, she was promoted to Grade Level 16 and was soon to be transferred to the Headquarters in Abuja.
While in Abuja, she was deployed to the Department of Hospital Services where she worked in various Divisions. At different times, she headed the Federal Medical Centre Division and the Teaching Hospital Division. In the course of overseeing the Federal Tertiary Hospitals, she midwifed the taking over and upgrading of State Secondary Health facilities to Federal Tertiary Hospitals and upgrading of Federal Medical Centres to Teaching Hospitals. Some of the Hospitals include Federal Medical Centre, Abakaliki which as upgraded to Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Centre, Gombe, now Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe and Federal Medical Centre, Ido-Ekiti, now Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti.
In 2011, Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe was promoted to the post of Director and in 2017, she enrolled into the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria for a Diploma in Family Medicine and graduated in 2019. As a Director, she chaired various Committees to drive Government Policies and Programmes but the most notable was the Oxygen Desk from where the Medical Oxygen Policy, Strategy and Guidelines were developed in collaboration with Health Partners. As Head of the Oxygen Desk, trainings were organized for health workers in the Federal Tertiary Hospitals on the use of medical Oxygen and Oxygen equipment which came in handy in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe was appointed a Federal Permanent Secretary on 14th July, 2021 and is currently deployed to the Service Welfare Office in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.