IN THE NEWS: 31 STUNNING FACTS ON GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL
By Aniekeme Finbarr
1. Did you know Governor Udom Emmanuel has facilitated & or built 11 industries in 3 years, the first Governor to make such efforts since 1999?
2. Did you know the Syringe Manufacturing Factory (the Largest in Africa), the Electric Digital Metering Solutions Manufacturing Factory (the best in Nigeria) and the Pencil and Toothpick factory, the Peacock Paint Industry, the fertilizer blending factory are now in full operation?
3. Did you know the Plastic Manufacturing Factory, Rice Processing Mill, Flour mill, Plywood Company, Coconut Refinery will soon be ready for full operations?
4. Did you know Udom was born in Ukanafun LGA where his father was serving as a teacher and that he was born on a Monday morning in July 1966?
5. Did you know Udom is the 3rd son in a family of six, comprising four boys and two girls?
6. Did you know Udom is a member of the Qua Iboe Church and rose from being a member to a chorister, then a sunday school teacher and later a deacon?
7. Did you know Udom attended Community Secondary Commercial School (COMSECOM) Ikot Akpan Ishiet, Onna?
8. Did you know Udom attended the
School of Arts and Science, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where he received his Advanced Certificate of Basic Studies (CBS) and a Higher School Certificate (HSC)?
9. Did you know Udom has a degree in Accounting, he is a Chartered Accountant by profession and trained with Price Waterhouse Coopers.
10. Did you know Udom holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Governance from Leeds Metropolitan University in the United States?
11. Did you know Udom joined Zenith Bank in 1996 from Diamond Bank Limited and was the pioneer Manager of its Lagos Central Branch?
12. Did you Udom was Executive Director of Zenith Bank from 2006 to 2013?
13. Did you know Udom was Executive Director in 13 world renowned financial companies, covering many fields before he became Akwa Ibom SSG?
14. Did you know Udom was Non-Executive Director, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) from 2008 to 2013, the first Akwa Ibom/Cross River man to reach that peak?
15. Did you know Udom was Non-Executive Director, Zenith Bank, United Kingdom; Zenith Bank- Gambia; Zenith Bank-Sierra Leone; Zenith Insurance; Zenith Pensions and Custodian; Zenith Securities; Zenith Trustees and Zenith
16. Did you know Udom attended London Business School, Columbia Business School, Wharton Business School, USA, ,Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (European Institute of Business Administration), France, etc )
17. Did you know records showed that from 3 staff of Akwa Ibom origin in Zenith Bank, Udom increased the tally in excess of 200 as at 2013?
18. Did you know Udom was appointed SSG on July 31,2013?
19. Did you know Udom has given N2bn interest free loan to small scale entrepreneurs and traders?
20. Did you know Udom is the first Akwa Ibom Governor to win a national trophy with Akwa United Football Club, two trophies in 3 years?
21. Did you know under Udom, Ibom Angels emerged runners up in the 2017 Nigeria Female FA Cup (The first time a female team from the state has ever qualified for the finals of a major national competition)?
22. Did you know Udom is the first Governor to
successfully host a reigning European Champion; Spanish La Liga powerhouse, Atheltico Madrid in a friendly football match against our Super Eagles in Uyo?
23. Did you know Team Akwa Ibom finished 2nd on the medal table at the 2017 National Sports Festival, our best ever?
23. Did you know Udom is the first Governor to construct a road in Udung Uko LGA, the Uliong Edikor Secretariat road?
24. Did you know Udom is the first Governor to construct a road in many decades in Ini LGA?
24. Did you know the Akwa Prime Hatchery, produces 10,000 day old chicks weekly?
25. Did you know over 1,700km of roads have been commissioned or at various stages of completion under Udom as Governor, the longest and most audacious attempt at road construction since 1999?
25. Did you know under Udom, students of Northern Annang Secondary Commercial School (NASCO) in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area recently won academic laurels in Stockholm, Sweden, thus bringing glory to our State?
26. Did you know Udom has equipped our general hospitals to its best standard since 1999 with modern buildings and amenities such as those of Etinan, Ikono, Ikot Okoro, Ituk Mbang, Iquita, in Oron, Emmanuel Hospitals etc?
27. Did you know Udom is rated the most accomodating, liberal, mature, humane, focused Governor since 1999?
28. Did you know under Udom Akwa Ibom became the second State with the most Foreign Direct Investment as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics?
29. Did you know Udom is planning a big 80th birthday celebration for former Governor Victor Attah, the man who laid the framework for the modern development of Akwa Ibom State?
30. Did you know Governor is very gender and youth friendly, currently Akwa Ibom has the highest number of female councillors in Nigeria?
31. Did you know Udom was very close to his mother. Her name was Emily. She is currently resident in heaven while his father, the old teacher, Elder G E Nkanang is alive and kicking?