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Leading telecom investor and ICT industry stakeholder, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, took oath of Office as the substantive Secretary to State Government (SSG) of Akwa Ibom State.
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh, who announced this in a statement in Uyo, observed that the new SSG would be sworn in on Jan. 16 at the Government House, Uyo.
Akwa Ibom State government noted that “this appointment is part of continuous effort to re-jig the governance structure of the state.”
Udoh noted that the process of strengthening the state executive council had started, with the swearing in of two new commissioners in the last two months.
Ekuwem would replace the erstwhile SSG, Sir Etekemba Umoren, who had been in that position since the inception of Gov. Udom Emmanuel’s administration in 2015.
The new SSG is a native of Ofi Uda in Mbo Local Government Area of the state.
He holds a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering with specialty in Computer-based Instrumentation and Control Engineering.
The new SSG is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Teledom Group and a former President of Nigeria Internet Group (NIG).
He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) and currently a life Patron of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA).
It would be recalled that the founder and publisher of Business Hilights, Prince Stan Okenwa served as Vice president of NITRA at the time Dr. Ekuwem was appointed a life Patron of NITRA alongside the chairman of Zinox technologies, Leo-Stan Ekeh.