By Franklyn ISONG

Akpanudoedehe, John James, Ph.D., was born on November 9, 1963. He got his First School Leaving Certificate from Jubilee School, Aka Offot, Uyo, in 1974. He obtained General Certificate of Education (External) in Holy Trinity College, Mbiakong, Uruan local government area, in 1979; a Bachelor of Science in Sociology & Anthropology, University of Uyo, 1994; M.Sc. Sociology of Development, University of Calabar, 2006; Ph.D. Sociology of Development, University of Calabar, 2015; and a Certificate on Leadership in Crises, Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, USA, 2015.

Akpanudoede has attended so many courses, seminars and workshops including: Third Pan-African Investment Summit Privatization in Practice Restructuring of State-owned Enterprises in Africa into the Next Millennium, Accra, Ghana, September, 1999; Sixth Nigerian Economic Summit, 1999; Nigeria: “Transition to Democracy” Training for Good Governance Workshop April – May 1999; United Nations Special Session on Children – New York 2002; Leadership for Good Governance in Nigeria, by African Leadership Forum: 10th – 12th September, 2001, New York, USA.

He was a Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, July 2007 – October 2008. He was appointed the Chairman of Governing Council, College of Education (Technical), Potiskum, Yobe State in 2004 to 2008.

He was elected into the Senate to represent Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District in 1998 under United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) during General Sani Abacha era. Upon the demise of the Head of State and return to democracy in 1999, he got re-elected in 1999 -2003 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was elected executive chairman of Uyo local government council in 1996; he was the chairman, Godswill Akpabio’s Campaign Organisation in 2007; Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Governorship candidate in 2011; All Progressives Congress Governorship aspirant in 2015; and had indicated interest to contest the 2019 All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship primaries in Akwa Ibom State but for the zoning arrangement of the party.

He had received several awards, honours from various institutions and organisations. He holds a chieftaincy title of OBONG UFORO OBIO OFFOT UKWA. Was ordained as Elder of Christ Sanctified Church and ordained Pastor of the Delivered Testimonies Assembly.

A Fellow of the Paul Harris Rotary International Club, Hilltop Calabar, August 21st, 2003. Married with children; widely traveled, plays squash, and a golfer (member, IBB Golf Club, Abuja).

Isong is a public affairs commentator and conscience of the society.


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