For being a humanist with a large and accommodating heart, Ide Owodiong-Idemeko, an accomplished Human Resources Manager, Political Scientist, Administrator, Change Agent, Project Manager, Community Service Leader, Advocate, Public Speaker, Husband and Father, has been declared wanted by his people for a bigger responsibility.
Ide, a pioneer graduate of the University of Cross River State (now University of Uyo), holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science & Public Administration (1987) and Master of Science degree in Comparative Politics (1991) from the University of Ibadan.
In both instances, Ide, who is also an alumnus of the PeopleSoft University, Reading, U.K.; Insead School of Business, Fontainebleau – Paris, France; and Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, graduated top of the class with distinction in thesis.
He has over 26 years of experience in Human Resources Management, with 17+ years at Supervisory and Senior Managerial levels. He has extensive work experience in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry, and across many countries in Europe, the Middle-East, North America and South America. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN) since 2012 and currently, the Institute’s Chairman, Strategic Planning & Implementation Committee and Member, Governing Council.
Ide has held several Board appointments including, Vice-Chairman and later Chairman of the Football Management Board, Mobil Pegasus Football Club, Eket, Nigeria; Representative of Convocation to the Governing Council, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria (1998-2001); and Chairman, Board of Governors and later Board of Trustees of the Pegasus School, Eket, Nigeria (2003-2007).
His service to community has been severally acknowledged and recognized by different groups and bodies. He is an NYSC State Merit Award winner from the Government & People of Gongola State (now Adamawa &Taraba States); named Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International; hold the Gold Service Award of the International Association of Lions Club (District 404), Nigeria; and he is the first inductee into the Alumni Hall of Fame, University of Uyo.
Ide, a revered title chief, Obong Unwana Ibesikpo-Asutan, is married to Joanna and blessed with children. He loves to travel, read, write, watch movies, go to the theatre, get involved with community service, and meet up with family & friends.