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59 Things You Should Know About Sen. Akpabio On His 59th Birthday

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Today is the birthday of the Minister of Niger Delta, Sen. Godswil Akpabio.

As he turns 59 today, and we decided to provide you with 59 things on his 59th birthday that you may not know about him.

Check out the list.

#1 Godswil Akpabio was born on December 9, 1962, into the famous Akpabio Dynasty, Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

#2 He lost his father early in life and was raised by his mother. Madam Lucy Obot Akpabio (née Inyangetor)

#3 Akpabio was educated at Methodist Primary School, Ukana, Essien Udim LGA, Akwa Ibom State; the Federal Government College, Port HarcourtRivers State; and the University of CalabarCross River State, where he obtained a Degree in Law

#4 While at the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, he was appointed the Senior Prefect

#5 In the University of Calabar, Akpabio was elected as the speaker of the parliamentary year

#6 Akpabio’s grandfather, Okuku Udo Akpabio, was the Warrant Chief in Ikot Ekpene province

#7 His uncle, Dr. I. U. Akpabio, was the Minister of Education/Internal Affairs in Eastern Nigeria

#8 His cousin, was a senator in the Second Nigerian Republic

#9 Akpabio is a Christian of the Catholic faith

#10 He is married to 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)

#11 Akpabio and his wife have four daughters and a son

#12 Akpabio had a brief stint as a teacher

#13 As an associate partner with Paul Usoro and Co., a law firm in Nigeria

#14 He also worked briefly with the renowned music star, Late Christiana Essien-Igbokwe as a personal assistance

#15 He also worked with EMIS Telecoms Limited, a wireless telecommunications company in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2002, he rose to the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company

#16 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.

#17 In 2002, he was appointed Special Adviser for Petroleum and Natural Resources by the then Governor Obong Victor Attah in Akwa Ibom State. 

#18 Between 2002 and 2006, he served as a Commissioner under Attah in three key ministries: Petroleum and Natural Resources, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, as well as Lands and Housing.

#20 In 2006, he aspired for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State in a contested primary election and defeated 57 other aspirants to emerge the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

#21 During his first term campaign in 2007, the slogan was “let God’s will be done”. He received mass support and was elected Governor

#22 He was re-elected for a second term in office as Governor of Akwa Ibom State in 2011

#23 The Akwa Ibom Christmas Carols Festival, a large gathering of carol singers in Nigeria was first held during his tenure in 2012–2013

#24 The 2014 edition of the event broke a Guinness World Record to become the “Largest Assembly of Carol Singers on the Face of the Earth”. In attendance were Don Moen, an international gospel music composer, and Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja Catholic Diocese

#25 In 2013, he was elected Chairman of the newly formed PDP Governors Forum

#26 In 2015, he contested and won the Senate seat of the Akwa Ibom Northwest Senatorial District (Ikot Ekpene) to represent the district in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

#27 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)

#28 Akpabio was nominated for the position of 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

#29 In August 2018, Senator Akpabio resigned as the Senate Minority Leader, after he had announced his defection to the All Progressive Congress. His defection was marked by a Political rally in his hometown at the Ikot Ekpene township stadium, Akwa Ibom State

#30 In July 2019, he was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari and screened by the Nigerian Senate for a Ministerial appointment. On August 21, 2019, he was sworn in as Minister for Niger Delta Affairs

#31 Akpabio’s record of reforms and achievements include massive infrastructural development across the state like; the first African e-library, international Olympic size stadium, first “IBOM” International Airport, a multi-billion West Africa’s Premium Trade Centre and Entertainment Scenario – The Tropicana

#32 His list of honours include: The Congressional Certificate of Recognition of the United States Congress (2011)

#33 Africa Lifetime Achievement Prize awarded by Millennium Excellence Foundation in Kenya

#34 The Gold Humanitarian Services Award of the Republic of Niger 2008 was conferred on him by Niger’s Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Alhaji Moussa Ibrahim

#35 Exam Ethics Marshall 2009: Exam Ethics International, Ghana

#36 Best Governor, Infrastructure Development 2009: BEN Television, London

#37 Honorary citizen of the city of Georgia, New Jersey in the United States

  • #38 Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON)
  • #39 Best Governor Infrastructure and Empowerment Award of the Central Bank of Nigeria (2012)
  • #40 Most Prolific Governor by the National Councillors’ Forum]
  • #41 Doctorate of Management Science, Honoris Causa, Nigeria Defence Academy (2011)
  • #42 Doctorate of Law, Honoris Causa, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2010)
  • #43 Doctorate of Law, Honoris Causa, University of Calabar, Calabar (2009)
  • #44 Doctorate of Law, Honoris Causa, University of Uyo, Uyo (2009)
  • #45 Doctorate of Public Administration (Honoris Causa), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (2009)
  • #46 Doctorate of Management Science (Honoris Causa) Federal University of Technology, Owerri (2011)
  • #47 Doctorate of Public Administration, Honoris Causa Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu (2013)
  • #48 Doctorate of Human Resource Management (Honoris Causa) Wesley University of Science and Technology, Ondo
  • #49 Honorary Fellow of Nigeria Society of Engineers (2010) (Only fourteen non-engineers have so far been so honoured in Nigeria)
  • #50 Fellow, Kazaure Polytechnic, Kazaure (2008)
  • #51 Fellow of the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba (2011)
  • #52 Fellow of the College of Education, Bichi, and a host of others
  • #53 Most Education Friendly Governor in Nigeria (2008) by the National Parent-Teacher Association
  • #54 Best Booster Governor Award for Promoting Science, Technology and Mathematics by the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria
  • #55 Goodwill Ambassador of the Nigerian Medical Association
  • #56 Best Governor in Africa, Africa Development Magazine
  • #57 Best Governor in Nigeria and Outstanding Human Brand 2010: Billboard World
  • #58 Award of Excellence for Outstanding Performance 2010: Nigeria Union of Journalists
  • #59 Nigeria’s Emerging Tiger 2009: Thisday Newspapers

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