Darlington UDOBONG, publisher of IbomTelegraph, briefly profiles the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Women Affairs for the task ahead, a call for higher leadership in the Federal House of Representatives by her people.
History certainly has a way of throwing up the best for posterity. In 2013, history was made when Dr Glory Emmanuel Edet, an Amazon in all ramifications, was appointed Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare. Her super-performance has kept her in same Ministry till date. Little wonder her people, the people of Ikono/INI Federal Constituency are eagerly yearning to have her crowned as their ambassador and representative to the Green Chamber of the National Assembly in 2023. Zoning, equity, justice and fairness are all indices that favour her. Above all, her party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), appeared to have settled it for her by zoning the position to INI State Constituency, where she comes from. Another history in the making again.
Dr Edet, a star in her own right, is a great mobilizer of women and Nigeria’s advocate for women and child-right. She has worked passionately on issues of gender, the less privileged and the vulnerable members of the society. She was adjudged the Best Graduating Student of the University of Uyo, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, during her first degree programme.
After obtaining her first degree in 2003, Edet proceeded to the University of Ibadan, where she obtained a Master of Science degree (M.Sc) in Agricultural Economics and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Resource and Environmental Economics, from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State.
She worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Uyo, prior to her appointment as a Commissioner by the state government. Dr Edet is a member of various professional bodies including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH).
Dr Edet has been a crusader of the Udom Emmanuel Dakkada revolution and mandate. In 2015, Governor Udom Emmanuel, through her Ministry, initiated an empowerment scheme for widows which selected participants equally from all 31 local government areas of the State. The scheme provided the widows with start-up funds to float their businesses. That scheme, today, has become a feat.