A new Secretary to Akwa Ibom Government has been appointed with immediate effect.
He is Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel who hails from Onna Local Government Area of Eket Senatorial District replaces Obong Umana Okon Umana, the immediate past Secretary to the State Government.
A press release issued on July 30, this year and signed by Aniekan Umanah, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications indicates that Mr. Emmanuel, a great Ibibio son who until the appointment was Executive Director on the Board of Zenith Bank Plc from December 2006.
The release further states that Emmanuel also doubled as Non-Executive Director, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) from 2008 to date and Director, Nigerian Inter-bank 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.
It describes the new Secretary to the State Government as a corporate strategist and an experienced private sector player, hinting that he has wide experience in various blue-chips organizations such as Price Water House and Diamond Bank Plc.
The release, therefore, expresses appreciation to Obong Umana who served as SSG from May 2007 to August 2013 for his dedication and contributions to the uncommon transformation of the state.
According to the release, Governor Akpabio described Umana as a brother and a friend who displayed exceptional competence in the discharge of his duties in the last six months, wishing him success in his future
Though new date for the swearing in of the new has not yet been announced, the Governor has congratulated him on his appointment.