Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is the Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria. He assumed office on 29 May 2015 after successfully running for the office of Governor in the April 2015 elections on the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Emmanuel was elected Governor of Akwa Ibom State on 11 April 2015. He was sworn-in on 29 May 2015.
Udom Gabriel Emmanuel was born on July 11, 1966, into the family of Ete Teacher Gabriel Emmanuel Nkenang, a native of Awa Iman in Onna Local Government, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He rose from being a Sunday School leader at the United Evangelical Church, formerly Qua Iboe Church, to become a Bank Director. Emmanuel and his family are strong members of United Evangelical Church (QIC), Nigeria.
Emmanuel served as an Audit Manager of Price Water House Coopers. He was an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Zenith Bank Plc.
Emmanuel also served as Group Head of Income Optimization, Financial Control & Strategic Planning Department at Zenith Bank. He served as General Manager of Zenith Bank Plc.
He joined Zenith in 1996 from Diamond Bank Limited and was the Pioneer Manager of its Lagos Central Branch. He is in charge of the Telecommunications Sector, Income Optimization and Financial & Strategic Planning Group of Zenith Bank Plc. He has over seventeen years financial services experience.
Having served as an Executive Director of Zenith Bank Plc, He is a Chartered Accountant and trained with Price Water House Coopers. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management. He has attended the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, France.
Udom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos in 1988.
Director, Nigerian Inter-bank Settlement Systems (NIBBS)
Non-Executive Director, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)
He attended School of Arts and Science, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and obtained Advanced Certificate of Basic Studies (CBS) and Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Udom attended Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Akpan Ishiet, Onna LGA of Akwa Ibom State (SSCE)
Emmanuel is married to Martha Udom Emmanuel. Udom Emmanuel’s father, late Ete Teacher Gabriel Emmanuel Nkenang, was a native of Awa Iman in Onna Local Government, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
Mr. G. E. Nkanang was an educator, a Head Master and teacher.
The Udoms, as devoted Christians, and as a Deacon, they are very active together in the faith. This commitment has helped Udom and his family stay strong and united, while weathering through the storms of life.
In July 2013, he was appointed Secretary to the State Government (SSG)of Akwa Ibom State.
In 2014, he aspired for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State in a hotly contested primary election and defeated 22 other aspirants (G22) to emerge the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). His campaign with the slogan, ‘Udom is Right’ received mass support.
In 2015, he was elected Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Running under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with 999,071 votes to defeat APC’s candidate Umana Okon Umana who scored 89,865 votes and was declared elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“I stand before you today not as a master but as a servant and not as a boss but as a co-labourer,” Udom said as he was sworn in as Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
Emmanuel has Five-Point Agenda of:
Economic and Political Inclusion
Infrastructural Consolidation and Expansion