X-raying Ephraim Inyang Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

X-raying Ephraim Inyang Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Bassey Samuel Jnr

Indeed, your popularity has soared higher and higher since you came into the political scene of the state a few years ago.

You have remained a city set on a hill, that cannot be hidden. You are a great man with high enthusiast for service delivery and development. This service has attracted many commendations from well-meaning and eminent Nigerians; home and abroad and has earned you so many award from deserving organizations and groups both within and outside the shores of Akwa Ibom state. One of such awards came from the Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management and Politics,Ghana. You were decorated with an excellent award in recognition of your immense ability to interpret the blueprint of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency, Udom Emmanuel as the then Commissioner for Works.

Your commitment and dexterity have pushed you to the world for a national honor and recognition. Your unalloyed determination in helping the Governor to project the state in the world map cannot be overemphasized and will never be forgotten in a hurry.

As usual, one of your works that you swiftly intervened was the unprecedented gully erosion that almost engulfed the people at Calabar Itu road as the then Commissioner for Works. You will never be forgotten in a hurry; I must confess.

Today, while carrying out a study on Students Project Research of International Institute of Journalism Abuja, Uyo study Center, I and a team of others as part of my work had gone to Calabar Itu road which the Federal Government had claimed to intervene. This was done in order to ascertain the level of work done which as at today still remains a dead trapped.

As you all know, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) does not construct roads; they carry out maintenance. Calabar-Itu highway does not require maintenance, but it requires reconstruction, and we will have to write to the Federal Government and take full responsibility for it.

Also, Abak- Ekparakwa road. This road requires total reconstruction because the road has expired, and it’s a waste of our resources because of the level of traffic we have on these roads.

“We will still be in touch with all federal agencies to see how the State Government will step in. Our people deserve better roads, God bless Akwa Ibom.” It’s part of your undaunted spirit of interpreting the visions of governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel in the areas of world-class infrastructure.

Today, as the Chief of Staff to the Governor, your job is very simple and straight. You have effectively and perfectly coordinated different arms and units of Government at the Hilltop Mansion. Your day-to-day representation of your boss in different capacities has truly proven your doggedness and commitment to the present administration.

No wonder you have command so much influence and undoubted reservoir because of your attitude towards service delivery.

Born on November 25, 1965, to the family of Mr and Mrs Akparawa Inyangeyen of Nung Nya in Ikot Ebiere of Onna Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Between 1977-1982, young Ephraim obtained his O/L Certificate from Etinan Institute, Etinan. He proceeded to School of Basic Studies, Akamkpa from 1983 to 1985 and earned his A/Level in Mathematics, Chemistry and Geography.

Not done with his quest for education, Ephraim Inyang-Eyen in 1985 enrolled in the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he obtained a Bachelor Degree of Science in Chemistry (Second Class Upper) in 1988, and in November 2014 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos.

Mr Inyang-Eyen’s quest for more knowledge propelled him to be enrolled at the Walden University for his Doctorate Degree in Business Administration.

Mr Inyang-Eyen began his professional career as an Auxiliary Teacher in the then Cross River State Teaching Service Commission where he taught Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics at Community Secondary School, Okat in 1982.
In 1989, during his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program, Ephraim worked as a Chemist with the Nigeria Railway Corporation and on 31st August 1990, he was enlisted in the Nigeria Customs Service as an Assistant Superintendent of Customs.

For over 25 years, Mr Inyang-Eyen maintained a glittering and dignified career spanning various key departments of the service.
Mr Inyang-eyen is a member of several professional bodies:

FELLOW, Institute of Management Consultants (IMC).

FELLOW, Chartered Institute of Administration (CIA).

FELLOW, Institute of Professional Managers and Administrators of Nigeria (IPMA).

FELLOW, Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria 2017.

FELLOW, Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria FCPN.

FELLOW, Association of Corporate Governance Professionals Nigeria, 2018.

DOCTORAL FELLOW by The Chartered Institute of Project Management 2019.

DOCTORAL FELLOW by Chartered Institute of Contract Project and Facility Management, 2019.

FELLOW MEMBER, Institute of Information Management.

In view of his outstanding pedigree, numerous contributions and selfless services, Mr Ephraim Inyang-Eyen was appointed to serve in the Executive Council of the Akwa Ibom State Government as Commissioner for Works on July 6, 2015, till May 29, 2019. HE Mr Udom Emmanuel considered his services most needed; and was reappointed Commissioner for Works in the Second Term completion agenda.

In recognition of his sterling qualities and industry, Mr Inyang-Eyen is a recipient of numerous Honors, Awards and Recognitions including:

PATRON, Akwa Ibom State Students NAAKISS 2000.

AWARD for TRADE FACILITATION in CUSTOMS by Tran quest Magazine 2009.

TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT EXCELLENCE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD 2009.

ROLE MODEL AWARD by Sage Communications International 2010.

GOLDEN AWARD for EXCELLENCE, Hard work and Accountability by Nigeria Print Journalism Development 2011.

NIGERIAN CUSTOMS COMMITMENT MERIT AWARD by Skyline Newspapers 2014.

AWARD of EXCELLENCE by Association of Movie Practitioners, Akwa Ibom State 2014.

TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT EXCELLENCE AWARD as Customs Operative with Exemplary Midas Touch by Quest Media Group 2014.

AWARD of EXCELLENCE, Federated Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists.

AWARD of EXCELLENCE, University of Lagos Alumni, Lagos Branch.

QUARTERLY AWARD for OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE, Akwa Ibom State Executive Council 2015.

MOST PRO-ACTIVE COMMISSIONER by BUREAU FOR INVESTIGATIVE & BALANCE REPORTAGE, 2016.

KWAME NKRUMA LEADERSHIP AWARD by West Africa Student Union Parliament 2016.

CERTIFICATE OF Honor by Akwa Ibom Youth Prays, 2016.

AMBASSADOR in GOVERNANCE, Oron Union, Lagos Branch, 2016.

DISTINGUISH PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD (QUALITY MANAGEMENT) by Akwa Ibom State (NUJ), 2016.

CITY PRIDE ACHIEVER’S AWARD by Daily Pride Publisher 2017.

Lifetime ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for Private Sector Development at 11th Media Night Out 2017.

AWARD of EXCELLENCE by State House Press Corps Villa “As man of Integrity” 2017.

AWARD of EXCELLENCE for INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT by Akwa Ibom Community, Lagos (AKISCOM) 2017.

AWARD of EXCELLENCE by Northern Youth Council of Nigeria as “GARKUWAN MATASSAN AREWA’’ 2017.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE/AWARD of EXCELLENCE PRACTICE by Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) 2017.

CERTIFICATE of HONOUR AS ‘CAN PARTNER’ by Christian Association of Nigeria Akwa Ibom State, 2017.

PATRON, Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) 2017.

PATRONSHIP, Northern Youth Council of Nigeria, 2017.

AWARD OF MERIT by African Leader of Integrity, 2017.

PILLAR of TRANSFORMATION AWARD by VISION-ONE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (VOLDI), 2017.

GRAND PATRON, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zone “F’’ (South South) 2017 and several others.

AWARD of EXCELLENCE COMMITMENT to National Development and Unity by Abuja Municipal Area Council, 2017.

AWARD of EXCELLENCE in HUMANITARIAN SERVICE by Rotary Club of Uyo, 2018.

AWARD of HONOUR by All Saint’s Police Protestant Church, Mopol 57 Base Ukana, 2018.

Mr Inyangeyen was inducted into the foremost socio-cultural organization in Akwa Ibom State, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio on December 12th, 2015.

Presidential Recognition by Mboho Mkpawara Ibibio 20th Obong Sampson Udo Etuk EXCELLENCE AWARD, 2017.

Through his hardwork and dedication, the Independent Public Service Award which focus on Works & Infrastructure Category bestowed on him BEST PERFORMING COMMISSIONER OF THE YEAR; SOUTH-SOUTH 2017.

EXCELLENCE AWARD CERTIFICATE by Eket Federal Constituency Youth Soccer, 2018.

CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE by Association of Corporate Governance Professionals of Nigeria.

NIGERIAN ICON OF DEMOCRACY AWARD NIDA.

AWARD AS BEST COMMISSIONER, AKWA IBOM STATE 2015 – 2019 by Newspapers owners, Akwa Ibom State.

AWARD OF RECOGNITION by the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Eket Branch.

GRAND PATRON, NUJ ZONE F by Nigeria Union of Journalists, 2019.

HONORARY FELLOW ACADEMY OF POLITICS, Nigerian Political Science Association, 2019.

2019 MERITORIOUS HONOUR AWARD by The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch.

GOLD SERVICE AWARD by Rotary Club of Uyo Metropolis District 9142, 2019.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE by the Faculty of Education, University of Uyo, Uyo 2019.

NEHEMIAH AWARD by the African Church, Diocese of Ibibio South, Calabar Province, 2020

Appointed ”CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE GOVERNOR OF AKWA IBOM STATE ON 19th June 2020 and lots more.

He is Chairman, Board of Trustees of Transformation Initiative for the Empowerment of Ibom People. Ephraim is happily married to Mrs Ime Ephraim Inyangeyen and the union is blessed with 5 children, relative and associates.

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