NIGERIA: Godswill Obot Akpabio Biography And Profile

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NIGERIA: Godswill Obot Akpabio Biography And Profile

Obong (Barr.) Godswill Obot Akpabio completed his primary education at Methodist Primary School, Ukana, where he obtained a Distinction in the First School Leaving Certificate Examination. He was admitted into the prestigious Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and thereat completed his WAEC and GCE A’ Levels. Obong (Barr.) Godswill Obot Akpabio, attended the University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State , and the Nigeria Law School , Lagos . He graduated in law and was called to the Nigerian Bar.

Akpabio embarked on Legal Practice during his National Youth Service Corps year in Lagos and has since remained in practice. A devout Christian imbued with true greatness wrapped in simplicity and a strong, unshakable faith in the will of God.

He has undoubtedly, latched onto the indelible footsteps of his grandfather, late Okuku Udo Akpabio, 1 st Warrant Chief in Ikot Ekpene province, his Uncle Late Dr. I. U. Akpabio, Minister of Education/Internal Affairs in the then Eastern Nigeria, and his cousin, Senator (Justice) Nsima Akpabio, of the Second Republic.

Political Life

The story of Obong (Barr.) Godswill Obot Akpabio’s political life is that of continuous service to humanity:

  • He was General Senior Prefect at the Federal Government College , Port Harcourt , Rivers State.
  • Member NPN (National Party of Nigeria ) and Personal Assistant to Senator Nsima Akpabio, 1983.
  • Honourable Speaker of Parliament, Students’ Union Government, University of Calabar.
  • Chairman, Arc. Victor Attah 2nd Term Rally and Mobilization Declaration Committee 2002 for Ikot Ekpene.
  • Chairman, Obasanjo/Atiku Presidential Campaign Rally and Mobilization Committee in Akwa Ibom State 2003
  • Chairman, Attah/Ekpenyong 2003 Campaign Rally and Mobilization Sub-committee.
  • Youth Ambassador of Nigeria (by the National Youth Council of Nigeria ).
  • Most Outstanding Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State 2005.
  • The prestigious “lberedem Ibibio” title.
  • Holder of various other Chieftaincy titles such as Ukai Ibibio, Ibatai Iman Ibom, Obong Iberedem Ekid, Obong lfiok Ibesikpo, Obong Idorenyin Ini, Ubok Udom Ikot Ekpene, Adaha /tu, Ntanta Oro, Iberedem Nsit Alai, Itai Odoro Ikot, Ubok Udom Ukpum etc.
  • AIT/Ray Power award for Excellence In Local Government Administration/Reforms in Nigeria .
  • Man of the Year award at the Niger Delta Leadership Award (NDELA) These honors, expectedly, endeared him to the people, leading to general acceptability.
  • A grassroots politician and a Patron of more than 178 Youth Organizations in Nigeria .
  • A facilitator of Akwa Ibom State Chapter of National Coalition for the Continuity of Reforms Agenda (NCCRA) of Mr. President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR.
  • A facilitator of Movement for National Accommodation and Continuity (MONACO), another organization committed to the sustainability of the Reforms Agenda of the present democratic dispensation.

Working Experience

Obong (Barr.) Godswill Obot Akpabio, has distinguished himself as a disciplined, hardworking and humble person.

  • He started as a teacher in 1982 at Afaha Secondary School , Essien Udim Local Government Area.
  • Associate Partner with the Firm of Paul Usoro & Co, Broad Street, Lagos
  • Director, Corporate Affairs/Legal Services, EMIS Telecoms 1995 ­2002.
  • Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive, EM IS Telecoms 2002
  • Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Akwa Ibom State 2002 – 2003.
  • Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Akwa Ibom State 2003 – 2006.
  • Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Akwa Ibom State , July, 2006.
  • Through the years, Obong (Barr.) Godswill Obot Akpabio, has proven himself to be an astute administrator of both men and resources.
  • In EMIS Telecoms Ltd, his contributions gave the company a staggering in-road into the industry’s market share at the time
  • He turned around the fortunes of Local Governments in the State, settled huge outstanding salary arrears to staff of Local Government Areas.
  • Assisted to settle huge debts left behind by past administrators of Local Government areas.
  • Ensured prudent management of resources of Local Government Areas between 2003 and July 2006.
  • In fact, Local Government Areas recorded more than 411 projects completed and ongoing.
  • Akpabio brought justice to bear in the traditional institution by ensuring that custom and traditions in conformity with the law, formed the hallmark of selection of traditional rulers. He worked assiduously to bring peace to warring villages/ clans as more than 500 disputed cases in different villages/communities in the State were settled amicably.
  • Akpabio disallowed Monetary and State influences in the selection of traditional rulers, such that only qualified and accepted candidates were presented to the Governor for certificate/recognition.
  • Without discrimination, he rendered assistance to numerous Akwa Ibom citizens particularly the widows, youth and the less privileged.
  • He grants scholarships to indigent students.
  • In his community Ukana, he floated a Micro Credits Scheme to assist widows and also caters for the health needs of the needy.
  • Working with Heads of Councils and the State/Local Government Joint Account Committee, brand new patrol vehicles were donated to Police Formations in the entire State, fitted with excellent communication gadgets, to enhance operations within the Local Government Areas.

The emergence of Chief Godswill Akpabio as the 3rd civilian governor of Akwa Ibom State on 29th May, 2007 through the collective will of the people has been met with remarkably good governance and uncommon transformation as the state is subjected to a period of vigorous construction and intellectual activity. Godswill Akpabio’s impact as governor has greatly improved the profile of Akwa Ibom State and drew attention to the proactive and pragmatic disposition of his administration.

Scalable Dividends

The governor has been at work to unite the people so that they can achieve more together. His Excellency has reformed the educational system so that the state’s human capital can chalk up scalable dividends. The people have been heavily developed through orientation, empowerment, and capacity building. The Akwa Ibom society got repositioned as rudimentary changes even through legislation has built a more robust societal framework. Governor Akpabio’s strategic governance initiative has seen the state get more for her petro-dollars as time, personnel, finances, and materials receive prudent management for the greatest impact in project delivery and best in class results. The state’s economy has received synergistic interplay capable of firing the state into an industrial economy.

Good Governance

The prudential management of the state’s resources by governor Akpabio is transparently show-backed to the people and ethical guidelines followed to command trust from the people to take on rewarding challenges. The governor’s command of technology has paid off handsomely as his delivery is glaringly a touch of genius. Indeed governor Godswill Akpabio has set out himself as Nigeria’s foremost development oriented politician. The aggressive obsession of delivering his development agenda to a people that are accustomed to the status quo of deception and denial of good governance and information is remarkable. His depth of policies and impacting reforms stands him out with a proactive disposition, while his web of micro projects and empowerment schemes are an elevation of pragmatic governance. It is obvious that whatever transformation Nigeria could experience is likely to be discovered in Akwa Ibom State, from the impact that Governor Godswill Akpabio is making here. Definitely, it will take a very, very long time for the shockwave of development on account of the Akpabio factor in Akwa Ibom to settle.

Akpabio Impact

Unity

  • Akwa Ibom now achieves more together

Education

  • Education Incredible vision, comcept, and implementation

People

  • People Building a dynamic, productive, and prosperous people

Society

  • Society Liberation, emancipation, and state welfarism

Strategic Governance

  • Strategic Governance Suitability, feasibility and acceptability

Economy

  • Economy Focus on productivity and industrialisation

Accountability

  • Accountability Broad responsibility and citizen engagement

Technology Drive

Technology Drive Global center for excellence in science and technology

– Godswill Akpabio


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