Akwa-Ibom first female deputy governor sworn in

Valerie Ebe

The Akwa Ibom Chief Judge, Justice Idongesit Ntem-Isua, in Uyo on Saturday swore in, Valerie Ebe, as the first female Deputy Governor of the state.

Mrs Ebe took over from the former Deputy Governor, Nsima Ekere, who resigned his appointment on Oct. 31 shortly before his impeachment proceeding climaxed.

Mrs Ebe’s nomination was confirmed by the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly on the previous day following her nomination by the state governor, Godswill Akpabio.

Although the governor say gender was not a consideration in her appointment, he admits a section of the public would “definitely see her as being at the vanguard of our faith for more women participation in governance.

“By her appointment, we now have a triumvirate of women in key positions like the Chief Judge, Head of Civil Service and Deputy Governor,” the governor said.

Mrs Ebe is the first woman in the 25-year history of the state hold the deputy governor’s position.

Ebe, from Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state, was born on March 26, 1947 and had served as Commissioner for Culture and Tourism and Commissioner for Environment.

She had also served as People Democratic Party, PDP’s legal adviser.


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    For sure our brand new “Her Excellency” should rejoice very cautiously over her “promotion”. She was in this government before as Commissioner for Environment and would readily recall the physical fights in the Executive Chambers over who should oversee the activities or interest of Akwa Ibom people in Total Oil company. She would be wise to remember that His Excellency, Godswill Akpabio ordered her to stay off the oil outfit leaving the field for his “boys to chop”. At the end of the day the state lost. Secondly, she should do well to prepare herself for initiation in “Ukana Shrine” otherwise her exit will only be a matter of time. The experience of the past 2 deputies under governor Akpabio, who were not given funds to run their office while Akpabio revels in squandermania should be your guide. Ultimately, the Akpabio family business that is the governance of Akwa Ibom state, would want her to be subjected to them unconditionally otherwise she will live to regret this appointment for the rest of her life. Remeber madam, that you are not serving Akwa Ibom but Akpabio who has since become the emperor. Wecome to the world of “Spare tyres” used only when needed but later dumped in the booth. May these not be your portion.