Oil industry guru
At retirement earlier this year, Mr Udom Uko Inoyo was the highest-ranking Nigerian as Vice Chairman of the oil multinational, ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria, Mobil Producing Unlimited and ESSO Exploration and Production Limited. The appointment came in 2018 although he had been on the board of the company since 2014.
Inoyo joined Mobil in July, 1989 after a stint in the old Cross River and Akwa Ibom Civil Service as an Administrative Officer between December, 1982 and June, 1989. He served last at the Akwa Ibom Liaison Office, Lagos.
By 2000, he had, by dint of hardwork, risen to the position of Compensation and Benefits Advisor, ExxonMobil Europe, Africa and Middle East Center of Expertise in Brussels, Belgium. On the post, he was responsible for national salary programmes for 10 African and 4 European countries. He returned to Nigeria in 2001 as Manager, Human Resources Policy and Programmes.
From Ikot Okoro Ubium in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, Inoyo attended the St Patrick’s College, Calabar and the University of Calabar where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (1981) and a Bachelor of Law ( Ll.B) degree in 1987. He was called to the Nigeria Bar as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court in 1988. He is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona, USA.
He is Chairman of Council and President, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, CIPM, and a member of the Institute of Directors, IOD. At the Oil Producers Trade Sector, OPTS, a body representing the interest of oil and gas producing companies in Nigeria, he served variously as Chairman of its External Affairs and Human Resources committee.
As the most senior Akwa Ibom in oil and gas at the time of the fight for derivation revenue, he worked closely with other Akwa Ibom people to ensure that the state successes in the campaign for derivation revenue.
Inoyo founded the Inoyo Toro Foundation in 2007, and has used it as a platform to advanced recognition for, and trained public secondary school teachers in the state. The foundation has also advanced student’s mentorship and contributes in other ways to develop the education sector in the state. His love for education made him open a library in his village as far back as 2004 and also, to facilitate the establishment of the International Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Research at the University of Uyo in 2015.
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