Obong Nsima Ekere
As Executive Chairman of the Akwa Ibom Industrial and Investment Promotion Council, AKIIPOC, Obong Nsima Ekere conceived and implemented the first private sector driven gas-to-power project in Nigeria. Infact, his position paper on how states can play in the power generation and distribution space was one of the highlights of final decisions by the National Council on Power then headed by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
In that position, he was also the Chairman of the Ibom Power Company, where he worked assiduously to tie all loose ends to the project and his efforts stand to the credit of the Sen Godswill Akpabio administration which he served, that the project was executed.
Even as a young man, Ekere’s focus had always been entrepreneurship. In 1989, he started a firm, Gassons Nigeria Limited, an independent anti-corrosion, environmental fabrication and maintenance engineering firm. In 1993, he founded Ekere and Associates, a firm of estate valuers and real estate development consultants with offices in Port Harcourt, Uyo, Lagos and Abuja.
Passionate about contributing to the development of society, he knew early enough that politics would provide a platform. In 1997, he joined politics, contested for a seat in the state House of Assembly and won under the Grassroots Democratic Movement, under the ill-fated General Sani Abacha political transition.
Undaunted, he sought for the Governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2007, but that bid was unsuccessful. In 2011, he was elected Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, an office he used as a platform to serve and contribute his quota to the accomplishments of his principal, the Governor-at that time, Sen Akpabio.
He is credited with the construction of an Accident and Emergency Ward/ Trauma Centre at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital without his name embossed on the building.
He served as Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, where he, through an ambitious 4R strategy, sought to restructure the Commission’s balance sheet, reform its governance system, reaffirm the commitment of workers to do right and restore the Commission to its original mandate. He used his position to redress a fundamental project allocation error where Akwa Ibom as the largest contributor to Nigeria’s oil revenue wasn’t the number one state in a number of projects undertaken by the Commission. This accounted for the flurry of construction activities across the state during his time.
A sound professional, Obong Ekere is a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Senior Certified Valuer, Institute of Real Estate Institute, Minnesota and Associate Member of the Institution of Revenue, Ratings and Valuation, London.
He has been honoured with chieftaincy titles and other awards of meritorious service across Nigeria, including an Honorary Doctorate degree in Management Science by the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He is a Knight of John Wesley.
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