Our Milestones

Timeline

2018

1912 – 1940s

Dr Phillips Ekundayo becomes the first British trained Nigerian optometrist. By the 1940the s, number of trained optometrists grew to seventeen.
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1959 -1960

Jokotoye Babalola becomes the first Nigerian optometrist to be employed by the northern regional government. In 1960, optometric the position is reflected in official government records.
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1968 -1976

The Nigerian Optical Association (NOA) is formed in Lagos (1968). The first indigenous training institution of Optometry is founded at the University of Benin (1972). The Nigerian Optical Association is rechristened to the Nigerian Optometric Association in 1975. In 1976, the First Scientific Conference of the NOA was held at YMCA, Ikoyi, Lagos.
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1981 – 1987

First OD-awarding training programme in Nigeria instituted at the Abia State University. In 1987, the first set of locally trained ODs graduated from Abia State University.
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1989

The National University Commissions (NUC) adopts OD as the minimum qualification for optometry. Later that year, Decree 34 of 1989 (Now Cap 09, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004) gave statutory backing to the practice of Optometry in Nigeria.
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1992

the first board of the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria is created inaugurated.
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1995 – 1996 Silver Jubilee

NOA celebrates her silver jubilee in Lagos. The same year, the Fellowship of the NOA was instituted. Also, the first Oath-taking/swearing-in ceremony for new optometrists in Nigeria conducted at the Abia State University. The NOA Code of Ethics is adopted on November 11, 1995). Special OD conversion programme instituted at the University of Benin. Internship training for new optometrists instituted in Nigeria (1996).
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2008 – 2010

Nigerian College of Optometrists is instituted. ODORBN adopts the code of conduct for all professionals under its jurisdiction (2010).
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2000 – 2004

Nigeria achieves uniform OD benchmark for all optometric practitioners. ODORBN institutes specialist training for optometrists. First set of specialist optometrists in Nigeria (2003). Civil service Scheme for Nigerian optometrists adopted by the Nigerian government (2003).
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2014 – 2015

NOA relocates from Lagos to her current office in Abuja. The family of Optometric Mentors formed. Dr Uduak Udom inaugurated as the President of World Council of Optometrists (2015). Professional Indemnity, Life and Health Insurance Launched (2015).
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2016 – 2017

ODORBN relocates from Lagos to Abuja. A Compendium on Optometry in Nigeria published by the NOA (2017).
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2018

First ever nationwide CSR project (My Sight, My Right) of the NOA launched in Owerri (February 2018). NOA@50 golden Jubilee event celebrated in Abuja (2018).

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