Engr Patrick Ekpotu
Man of Goodwill
He was loved and garnered enough goodwill from people as Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State between 2007 and 2011 because of the content of his character, his intellect, his elucidations and code of conduct in office.
He was fondly called the Man of Goodwill.
Patrick Akpan Ekpotu had leadership cut out for him early in life. He won elections, first non indigene to so do, as Students Union President of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, was National President of the National Association of Cross River State Students( NACRISS) and Youth Leader of the Unity Party of Nigeria ( UPN) and served as Special Assistant to its gubernatorial candidate in the 1983 elections, Brig Gen Udoakagha Jacob Esuene.
He would later be appointed as Commissioner for Information, Culture and Ethical Re-orientation by Obong Victor Attah in 2003. In 2006, he was appointed Federal Commissioner, National Assembly Service Commission, Abuja.
As Deputy Governor, he assisted the then Governor, Sen Akpabio to accomplish the task of development. He worked with Julius Berger (in fact the meetings held in his house) to redesign the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium to the marvel it is at the moment. He also proposed( and got approval for ) the gathering of gas in marginal fields for processing. The Uquo Gas plant proceeded therefrom. A bard and articulate speechmaker, he coined the words Digital Governor and Akpabiomber to represent the ’13th’ month salary then paid workers by the administration.
A lover of the written word, Ekpotu proffered solutions to the Niger Delta crises through a book Lifting The Peril: A Root Cause Resolution of the Niger Delta Crises, a book he presented shortly after leaving office as Deputy Governor.
Ekpotu attended Regina Coeli College, Essene and RSUST where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum/ Chemical Engineering. A man whose Study remains the best of leisure at home, after leaving school, attended the York St John University, United Kingdom, from where he received a Master’s degree in Leading Innovation and Change.
He holds several Chieftaincy titles including that of Obong Ifiok Ibibio, Ibatai Ikpa Nung Asang and Edet Nsit Ibom.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates Engineer Ekpotu, Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club International who brought intellectualism to governance.