Senator Godswill Akpabio
The Uncommon Transformer
He wasn’t called an Uncommon Transformer for nothing.
His tenure as Governor of Akwa Ibom State bears significant testimony to his role in the transformation of the state, especially through infrastructure provision.
At the end of Senator Godswill Akpabio’s tour of duty as Governor between 2007 and 2011, there was a remarkable improvement in physical infrastructure in the state. these include but not limited to the E-Library, a pipe jacking flood control system, a state of the art Governor’s Lodge and Office, Deputy Governor’s Lodge.
His regime also saw the building of 5 new General Hospitals and Ibom Specialist Hospital.
The free and compulsory education policy of his adminstration saw the tripling of school enrollment and improved facility in schools around the state.
Through Inter Ministerial Direct Labour, he carried out renovation and construction of school blocks, renovation of health centres and electrification projects across the state.
For his performance, the Nigeria Society of Engineers, NSE, awarded him a Honorary Fellowship making him one of only 14 non-Engineers to be so honoured by the body. In 2012, the Central Bank of Nigeria honoured him with the Best Infrastructure and Empowerment Governor award.
Senator Akpabio was born in 1962 to the family of Chief Obot Akpabio and Madam Lucy Akpabio ( nee Inyangetor).
He attended the Methodist Primary School in his native Ukana Ikot Ntuen in Essien Udim Local Government Area, before proceeding to the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt. At the school, his leadership ability was recognised and he was appointed General Senior Prefect. At the University of Calabar where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Law, he served as Speaker of the Students Union Parliament.
Senator Akpabio started his career pursuit at Paul Usoro and Co, as Associate Partner, from where he moved to EMIS Telecoms as Director, Corporate Affairs and later as Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer. As a Director in EMIS, he served as Publicity Secretary of the Association of Telecommunication Companies in Nigeria, ATCON.
In 2002, then Governor, Obong Victor Attah appointed him as Commissioner. He served in the Ministries of Petroleum and Mineral Resources; Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Lands.
In 2007, he was elected Governor of the State under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. He won elections for a second term in 2011 and elected Chairman of the newly formed PDP Governors Forum in 2013.
As a first time Senator in 2015, he proved book makers wrong by emerging the Senate Minority Leader.
A recipient of 11 Honorary Degrees and Fellowships from reputable institutions, including the Nigeria Defence Academy and a Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON, Senator Akpabio is currently the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates an Uncommon Transformer