Tuesday 30 July 2013

Akpabio confirms SSG Umana’s sack, appoints Udom Emmanuel as his replacement

It is no more news that erstwhile Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government, Obong Umana Okon Umana was relieved of his appointment on Monday (well, you can read it HERE if you didn’t), what is news is the appointment of a Zenith Bank director, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as his successor. www.connoisseurNG.com learnt that Governor Akpabio while flying back to the state today from Abuja drove straight to Obong Umana’s Ewet Housing residence where they held a closed door meeting for about an hour. The outcome of the meeting is yet to be known. But meanwhile, this is the press release by the Akwa Ibom State government on Udom’s appointment.


His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON has approved the appointment of a new Secretary to the State Government with immediate effect. He is Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel who hails from Onna Local Government Area of Eket Senatorial District, Akwa Ibom State.

Mr. Emmanuel, a great Ibibio son until his appointment was an Executive Director on the board of Zenith Bank Plc from 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.
His Excellency, 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.


Aniekan Umanah
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communications

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