Moses Ekpo: Five Star Technocrat,Seven Star Politician.
By Abasiama EtukAkpan
Mr Moses Frank Ekpo(MFR) is the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State. Born on December 22,1941 into the great Frank Ekpo family in Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He started his educational background at the Government School, Abak where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. The Prestigious Holy Family College, Oku Abak, Abak LGA was the Secondary School the Akwa Ibom number two citizen obtained his Senior Certificate. Other institutions attended by Mr Ekpo are,The London Polytechnic where he bagged Diploma In Journalism, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA and obtained B. Sc in Journalism, The World Intellectual Property Organization Academy and got a certificate in Diploma and the United States Patent Academy where he bagged a Certificate.
Having not being satisfied with the various degrees and certificates bagged in various institutions of higher learning, Mr Ekpo sought for more professional experiences and certifications which he got amongst them include,Public Information and Communications at the International Institute for Mass Communications, Berlin. Information Management in Government at the Thompson College of Journalism, Cardiff, United Kingdom.Management Course for Senior Editors and Publishers far away in the University of Indiana, USA.Advanced Management Course for Editors at the University of Guadarahajara, Mexico. Internship with American Media Organizations in 35 North American States (Under the auspices of the United States Information Service). Advanced Management Course for Chief Executives of Government Parastatals and Companies in Nigeria in the University of Lagos, Nigeria.Senior Courses at the Central Office of Information,in the United Kingdom,London.
With all the numerous qualifications to boast his credentials,His undiminishing perchant for success and love for education led him to acquire the lorry loads of certificates to his feather. Mr Moses Ekpo is a member of various professional organizations such as,Fellow,Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Fellow, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria(APCON),Fellow, British Institute of Management, Fellow, World Intellectual Property Institute, Fellow Institute of Managers and Administrators of Nigeria, Member, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Member,British Institute of Public Relations, Member British Institute of Journalists and Associate Member, Guild of American Newspaper Editors .
His intimidating profile and sound track records was hard to be ignored and the clarion call came for him to serve his people in another capacities ,hence his choice for appointments in various portfolios between 1960 till date. From 1960 -1981,Mr Moses Ekpo was the Proof Reader/Reporter,Daily and Sunday Express Newspapers, Senior Reporter,Daily Times Newspaper in 1962, Chief Reporter,The West African Pilot in 1963,News Editor,Eastern Broadcasting Service between 1964-1967,Country Correspondent for the British Nigeria Broadcasting Service between 1963-1967,Editor Nigerian Chronicle between 1970-1974,Sole Administrator, Cross River State Newspaper Corporation,Publishers of the Nigerian Chronicle and Sunday Chronicle between 1975-1976,Member Governing Council, Worldwide Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization between 1999-2001,Justice of the Peace in 2006,Member Transition Committee of Akwa Ibom State Government in 2007,Chairman Pro Health International between 2010-2015,Member Governing Council, Akwa Ibom State University in 2010,Federal Commissioner,National Population Commission between 2012 and 2015,Member and Extra Ordinary Congress Delegate to the International Human Rights Commission and currently The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State from 2015 till date.
Mr Moses Ekpo has received numerous accolades and honours from various organizations and groups.The deserving honours are due to his commitment to service and dedication to hardwork for the benefit of humanity and mankind. He is the IBEREDEM UFOK ABASI, Eti Ette Nto Ufoknwed Annang, Patron Boys Brigade of Nigeria, Ubokudom Nto Afe Annang, Excellence Award by the Association of International Theatre Arts Practitioners, Excellence Award by the the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Man of the year Award, American Biographical Institute in 1997,Excellence Award by Pro Health International, Distinguished Service Award by Nigerian Copyright Commission and National Award of Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR).
In 2015,when a credible hand was sought for to Deputise Governor Udom Emmanuel ,the intimidating credentials of Mr Moses Ekpo could not be ignored. His Party, the People’s Democratic Party found him worthy of the seat, he was appointed as the Running mate to Mr Udom Emmanuel and subsequently the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State in the year 2015.A position he is holding meritoriously and is discharging his duties diligently and transparently. He is devoted to the progress and development of Akwa Ibom State all the time.
In 2019,the track records of Mr Moses Ekpo could not hide and it buttressed the common saying that “a golden fish has no hiding place “.He was reappointed the running mate to Deacon Udom Emmanuel and subsequently the winner of the March 9 polls alongside his boss and Governor elect, Deacon Udom Emmanuel.Mr Moses Ekpo is a dependable Deputy and a reliable team player that has contributed massively and positively to the growth and development of Akwa Ibom State.
His political sagacity and technocratic acumen has come to bear in the governance of Akwa Ibom State and in the industrialisation drive of the present administration. He has brought to bear steady progress in the governance of the State. His political prowess has brought about unity in his local government of Abak and the state at large. His contribution towards the sustainance and growth of Abak LGA is commended by many political analysts in and outside the State. He plays a great supportive and major role in the political growth of Akwa Ibom State.
Mr Moses Frank Ekpo, the eloquent and intelligent Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State is a great man of honour and his wealth of experience has been brought to bear in the governance of the State. He is a great son of Akwa Ibom State whose political acumen and intellectual capacity shall be experienced more in the next four years of the Deacon Udom Emmanuel led administration.
He is a five star technocrat and a seven star politician in Akwa Ibom State.
Abasiama Etukakpan is a Public Affairs Analyst based in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital.