The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON has approved the appointment Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as the new Secretary to the State Government with immediate effect. Mr. Udom Emmanuel who hails from Onna Local Government Area of Eket Senatorial District, Akwa Ibom State.
According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Aniekan Umanah, Emmanuel, who was described as a great Ibibio son was until his appointment an Executive Director on the board of Zenith Bank Plc. He has been on the bank’s board since December 2006. Mr. Emmanuel also doubled as Non-Executive Director, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) from 2008 to date and Director, Nigerian Interbank Settlement Systems (NIBBS) from 2009, 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 Registrars.
A corporate strategist and an experienced private sector player, Mr. Emmanuel has wide experience in various blue-chip organizations such as Price Water House and Diamond Bank plc.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio expressed appreciation of the Government and the good people of Akwa Ibom State to the erstwhile Secretary to Government, Obong Umana Okon Umana for his dedication and contributions to the uncommon transformation of Akwa Ibom State. The Governor further described Obong Umana Okon Umana as a brother and a friend who displayed exceptional competence in the discharge of his duties in the last six years. He wished Obong Umana Okon Umana success in his future endeavours whilst congratulating the new appointee, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.