Served with compassion
Noble Lady Valarie Ebe was confirmed Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State in November 2012 following the resignation of Obong Nsima Ekere a few days earlier. With her swearing-in, she made history as the first female deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State. Before then, she served as Commissioner for Culture and Tourism and later Environment from 2007-2010. She was the Legal Adviser of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and a former Commissioner for Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation.
Lady Ebe used her tenure to push for the betterment of the lives of women. Appointed at a time women were heads of the state judiciary (State Chief Judge) and civil service (Head of Service), she knew she could ask for more. And she did. In a speech she delivered to mark the International Women’s Day in 2014, she challenged women to rise up and take their rightful place: “As mothers, wives and sisters, we are blessed and endowed with the power to change our society for the better. So, let us inspire change that can significantly affect and influence our environment positively; change for greater awareness of women’s equality; change for more women in senior leadership roles; change for the growth of businesses owned by women, and change for increased financial independence for women.”
She believes that while the woman’s primary responsibility was the home, the society was also a major concern: “After all, a woman who understands the pains of running a home also understands the pains of building the society.”
No wonder, she served with compassion and supported Governor Godswill Akpabio to deliver his uncommon transformation initiatives.
Ebe was born on March 26, 1947, to Edidem Paul Bassey, the provincial ruler of Etoi Clan. She attended the Holy Child Primary School, Calabar and Holy Child Secondary School, and later trained to be a teacher at the Holy Child Teacher Training College, Ifuho. She studied History and Archaeology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and later studied Law at the University of Uyo and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1998.
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