Umo Amadu Akpan is unquestionably one of the brightest minds spotted for the Ikot Ekpene big job. The enduring image of him by the public is seen through his remarkable imprints in youth activisms, mobilization and politics of Akwa Ibom State. Today, his ‘baby’, U62+, first ever political organization in the state to have strategically mobilized for Udom Emmanuel in 2014 which culminated in the popular ‘YOUTH COVERGE for UDOM RESIGN & CONTEST DECLARATION,’ is a testament to that imprint. Here is a spotlight on him.
The fascinating life of this trailblazer, an Ambassador of Dakkada, is very laudable, amongst the circle of Akwa Ibom youths. Those who think Umo Amadu’s fraternity with the high and mighty came on a platter of gold, need to know a thing or two about the highways he had to travel before earning the acquaintance of those he has worked with and climbing this far, for instance.
Umo Amadu has been described, right from his early age, as selfless, hard working, disciplined and committed to duty, traits that still very much reflect in his every day affairs. Born May 29, 1969 in Ikot Inyang Village in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, the youth mobilize and former Chapter President of National Association of Akwa Ibom Students (NAAKISS), University of Lagos, started his academic career in Salvation Army Primary School, Goldie Street, Calabar, where he was a pupil from 1975 to 1981. He then moved to Lutheran High School, Ikot Obong Edong, Ikot Ekpene, for his secondary education from 1981 to 1986 and later moved on to the prestigious University of Lagos, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Planning in 1994.
Fresh from the University, Umo Amadu moved straight for a mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps (N.Y.S.C) in Osun State where he worked with Osun State Water Corporation, Ede. Thereafter he felt a need to enrich his knowledge and be abreast with the 21st century and he did this by successfully obtaining a Certificate in Computer Software Application.
Married to Eno Joseph Akpabio of the Greater Akpabio family of Ukana Ikot Ntuen in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Umo Amadu’s professional interests include energy utilization, management and conservation, and environmental planning and management. Though a father of five children: Uduakabasi, Nsisongikanabasi, Mfonisoabasi, Daramfonabasi and Eseabasi, Umo Amadu still keeps to the hobbies of reading, traveling and sporting.
His quest for the Ikot Ekpene Local Government Council big job is borne out of his vast experience in administration and human resource management having worked as Senior Technical Assistant in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing; Administrative Officer with Pan-African International, Lagos; Administrative Officer with Graspro Limited, Lagos, and as Administrative Manager with Graspro/Timliz Limited, Lagos. This knack also saw through becoming the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marvel Prodigy Limited.
Umo Amadu came into secular political limelight in 1999 when he became the Personal Assistant to the then Chairman of Ikot Ekpene Local Government Council. In 2007, though without success, he took a shot at the State House of Assembly seat to represent Ikot Ekpene/Obot Akara State Constituency. He served in the Venue Committee of Godswill Obot Akpabio Campaign Organization in 2011. He also served in the Logistics Sub-Committee of Udom Emmanuel Campaign Organization in 2015. In 2016, he became a famous President of Ikot Ekpene Club 1978, a position he held till 2017 when a call to serve in another capacity came. Today, he commands a foremost political group, U62+, made up of seasoned grassroots’ mobilizers across the 329 Wards and 31 Local Government Area of the state for Governor Udom Emmanuel. Today, he is the man to beat for the Ikot Ekpene Local Government Council big job.