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Prominent Classmates of Godswill Akpabio (Nigerian Law School 1988) and many other thing about him.
Note: this is the updated biography of Senetor Godswill Obot Akpabio
Also read : Biography Of Governor Udom Emmanuel
Table of Contents
- 1 Profile of Godswill Obot AkpaBio
- 2 Age And Biirthday
- 3 Early Life and Education
- 4 Career
- 5 Notable Projects by the Akpabio-led Government
- 6 Net Worth of Godswill Obot Akpabio
- 7 Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio Honours
- 8 Prominent Classmates of Godswill Akpabio (Nigerian Law School 1988)
- 9 Also read : Biography Of Governor Udom Emmanuel
Profile of Godswill Obot AkpaBio
Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio is a Nigerian Lawyer and politician who is a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Senate’s Minority Leader. He was also Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria from (May 29, 2007 – May 29, 2015).
He is a former Senate Minority Leader under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Akpabio is also a former Commissioner and Governor of Akwa Ibom State. Senator Godswill Akpabio shocked the world by announcing his resignation as the Minority Leader and decamping to the ruling APC just days later.
The story of Godswill Akpabio is very typical of Nollywood home movies. It describes a young man born into a very noble family, but abandoned after the death of his father. The young Akpabio runs to his maternal family, and many years later comes back a “made” man.
Age And Biirthday
Akpabio was born on December 9, 1962 in Ukana Ikot Ntuen, in the present day Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Note that by this time, neither Essien Udim, nor Akwa Ibom State was created. Hence, Ukana was under Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of old Cross River State.
Early Life and Education
Godswill Akpabio is the son of Chief Obot Akpabio and Madam Lucy Obot Akpabio (née Inyangetor) of Ukana, Ikot Ntuen in Essien Udim Local Government Area. He was born on 9 December 1962. Akpabio lost his father early in life and was raised by his mother, who instilled in him the values of hard work, discipline, and honesty.
He was educated at Methodist Primary School, Ukana, Essien Udim LGA, Akwa Ibom State, the prestigious Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; and the University of Calabar, Cross River State, where he obtained a Degree in Law.
While at the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, Godswill was appointed the General Senior Prefect. In the University of Calabar, his charisma endeared him to the students and he was elected the Speaker of the Students’ Parliament.
Godswill Akpabio is a Christian of the Catholic faith. He is married to Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, the founder of Family Life Enhancement Initiative (FLEI), a non-governmental organization providing a platform for redirecting the focus of development efforts on the family as a strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio began his early career as a teacher and as an associate partner with Paul Usoro and Co., a leading law firm in Nigeria. He also worked with EMIS Telecoms Limited, a pioneer fixed wireless telecommunications company in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2002, he rose to the position of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company.
In this position, he helped in shaping the future of the burgeoning telecoms industry. He had earlier served as the National Publicity Secretary of the Association of Telecommunication Companies in Nigeria, (ATCOM), while a director of EMIS.
In 2002, he was appointed Honourable Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources in Akwa Ibom State. Between 2002 and 2006, he served as a Commissioner in three key ministries: Petroleum and Natural Resources, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, as well as Lands and Housing.
In 2006, Akpabio aspired for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State in a primary election and defeated 57 other aspirants to emerge the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). His campaign with the slogan, “Let God’s Will Be Done” received mass support and was elected Governor in 2007. He was re-elected for a second term in office as Governor of Akwa Ibom State in 2011. In 2013, he was elected Chairman of the newly formed PDP Governors Forum.
In 2015, Chief Godswill Akpabio contested and won the Senate seat of the Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District to represent the district in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Running under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he polled 422,009 of the 439,449 to defeat Chief Inibehe Okorie of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who recorded 15, 152 votes to be declared elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He was nominated for the position of the Senate Minority Leader by the South-South caucus of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), ratified by the caucus of the PDP in the Senate and announced by the Senate President as Senate Minority Leader on 28 July 2015.
Notable Projects by the Akpabio-led Government
- The Nest of Champions (Renamed Godswill Akpabio International Stadium)
- Akwa Ibom International Airport
- The Ibom Specialist Hospital
- Five new General Hospitals
- The Ibom Tropicana
- Ibom E-library
- Free and Compulsory Education
- New Government Lodge in Uyo
- Over 1000km of roads with over four fly-overs
- Underground pipe jerking drainage system
- Free health care program for children, expectant mothers and the aged
- Rural electrification and water projects across the state
- 250,000 naira intervention to about 8,000 women in the Women Agro Entrepreneurship Development Programme (WAEDEP)
- Provision of patrol vehicles to security operatives
- Launch of two new security outfits – “Operation Thunder” and Quick “Response Squad.”
- “Akpabiomber”- payment of extra “12th month” salary as Christmas package for civil servants.
- Ibaka Deep Sea Port
- Upgrade of Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort
Controversies and Criticisms of Godswill Akpabio’s Government
Just like any other Nigerian government, Akpabio’s administration came with a lot of controversies. Most of them were however political in nature.
Disrespect of Elders
On the political front, Akpabio incurred the wrath of critics in his perceived disrespect of political “elders”, especially the former Governor, Obong Victor Attah. Attah is widely regarded as the “father of modern Akwa Ibom”, owing especially to his determined fight for resource control.
He was also accused of massive rigging, especially in his second term election. Akpabio was equally criticised for “imposing” a hitherto unknown Udom Emmanuel on the State.
Akpabio has been at the center of numerous corruption allegations. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reportedly been investigating the former Governor. He faces probes of over 108 billion Naira fraud.
Security Challenges: Political killings and kidnapping
Godswill Akpabio’s era was the most insecure period ever recorded in the history of Akwa Ibom State. Throughout his first term, and the beginning of his second term, politically motivated killings and kidnappings became commonplace.
In a special report by the Nigeria Police Force in The Punch Newspaper of November 21, 2010, Akwa Ibom State was ranked top out of 74,064 murder and similar cases in Nigeria within two years. In 2009 alone, the state recorded 177 murders, 62 attempted murders, one manslaughter, eight suicides, 21 attempted suicides, 320 assaults, 18 child stealing, 93 rape cases and indecent assaults, 29 kidnappings, among others.
Notable People Killed During Akpabio’s Government
Some of the most notable names killed during this period include the
- Ekpenyong brothers – The Elder brother, Emmanuel was a gubernatorial hopeful
- Engr. Ini Udonwa’s (Governorship aspirant) mother, Philomina was kidnapped, raped, killed and dumped by the roadside.
- Barr. Imo Udonwa – former member of the State House of Assembly
- The former Speaker AKHA, Okon Uwah
- Engr. Albert Jimmy Ukpanah
- Dr. Ime Sampson Umanah
- Chief Paul Inyang
- Edidem Robert Obot, the Oku Ibom 111, Paramount Ruler of Nsit Ubium Local Government Area
- Pastor David Ieunuoluwa (pastor of Living Faith Church, Ikot Ebido , Uyo)
Net Worth of Godswill Obot Akpabio
Godswill Akpabio’s net worth has grown significantly in 2018. However, the numbers vary depending on the source. Godswill Akpabio’s net worth is estimated to be in the range of approximately $538161481 in 2018.
Family and Personal life
Godswill Akpabio’s grandfather, Okuku Udo Akpabio, was the Warrant Chief in Ikot Ekpene province. His uncle, Dr. I. U. Akpabio, was the Minister of Education/Internal Affairs in the then Eastern Nigeria. Justice Nsima Akpabio, his cousin, was a senator in the Second Nigerian Republic.
Akpabio is a Christian of the Catholic faith. Godswill is married to Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, the founder of Family Life Enhancement Initiative (FLEI), a non-governmental organization providing a platform for redirecting the focus of development efforts on the family as a strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio Honours
- The Congressional Certificate of Recognition of the United States Congress (2011).
- Africa Lifetime Achievement Prize awarded by Millennium Excellence Foundation in Kenya.
- The Gold Humanitarian Services Award of the Republic of Niger 2008 conferred on him by Niger’s Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Alhaji Moussa Ibrahim.
- Exam Ethic Marshall 2009: Exam Ethic International, Ghana.
- Best Governor, Infrastructure Development 2009: BEN Television, London.
- Honorary citizen of the city of Georgia, New Jersey in United States
- Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).
- Best Governor Infrastructure and Empowerment Award of the Central Bank of Nigeria (2012).
- Most Prolific Governor by the National Councillors’ Forum.
Academic & professional honours
- Doctorate of Management Science, Honoris Causa, Nigeria Defence Academy (2011).
- Doctorate of Law, Honoris Causa, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2010).
- Doctorate of Law, Honoris Causa, University of Calabar, Calabar (2009).
- Doctorate of Law, Honoris Causa, University of Uyo, Uyo (2009).
- Doctorate of Public Administration (Honoris Causa), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (2009).
- Doctorate of Management Science (Honoris Causa) Federal University of Technology, Owerri (2011).
- Doctorate of Public Administration, Honoris Causa Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu (2013).
- Doctorate of Human Resource Management (Honoris Causa) Wesley University of Science and Technology, Ondo.
- Honorary Fellow of Nigeria Society of Engineers (2010) (Only fourteen non-engineers have so far been so honoured in Nigeria).
- Fellow, Kazaure Polytechnic, Kazaure (2008).
- Fellow of the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba (2011).
- Fellow of the College of Education, Bichi, and a host of others.
- Most Education Friendly Governor in Nigeria (2008) by the National Parent-Teacher Association.
- Best Booster Governor Award for Promoting Science, Technology and Mathematics by the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria.
- Goodwill Ambassador of the Nigerian Medical Association.
- Best Governor in Africa, Africa Development Magazine.
- Governor of the Year 2012, Leadership (newspaper).
- Man of the Year 2011, Sun (newspaper).
- Best Governor in Nigeria and Outstanding Human Brand 2010: Billboard World.
- Man of the Year 2010: National Daily Newspaper.
- Governor of the Year 2010: Nigerian Tribune.
- Award of Excellence for Outstanding Performance 2010: Nigeria Union of Journalists.
- Nigeria’s Emerging Tiger 2009: Thisday Newspapers.
- Man of the Year 2009: The Daily Independent (Lagos).
- Man of the Year 2009: National Daily Newspaper.
- 2008 Most Outstanding Governor in Nigeria (South South): National Daily Newspaper.
- Governor of the Year (South-South): City People Magazine.
- Best Governor Infrastructure 2009: Encomium Magazine.
- Best Governor (South South): Encomium Magazine.
- Excellency Award as Best Governor South-South 2009: Global Excellence Magazine.
Prominent Classmates of Godswill Akpabio (Nigerian Law School 1988)
- David Mark (Fmr Senate President)
- Anyim Pius Anyim (Fmr. Secretary to the Federal Government)
- Senator Liyel Imoke (Fmr Governor of Cross River State)
- Babatunde Fashola (Fmr. Governor of Lagos State)
- Hon. Chibudum Nwuchi (fmr Deputy Speaker, House of Reps)
- Justice Elvis Ngele (fmr. Chief Judge of Ebonyi State)
- Senator Joy Emordi
- Boma Ozobia
- Chike Ekeluba
There are many others, but these are some of the most popular, and have publicly confirmed their membership of the class.