Hon Eseme Eyiboh: Salute to a Quintessential Communicator on His Birthday

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Hon Eseme Eyiboh

Hon Eseme Eyiboh is a man, who like William Hazlit would say, talks for ever; and you wish he would talk for ever. He is an embodiment of eloquence; the type that Aberjhani, said is not simply melodious syllables or beautiful fury disguised as poetic art. He is rather, the eloquent speaker in whose hands elocution becomes a tool in the hands and heart of a sincere seeker of the public good; in his hands communication becomes truth, vision, and clarity empowered by strength and intelligence.

He is that communicator who would take hostage his audience, delivering his art like a dart fired at the heart. He is a repository of knowledge from where his fecund mind ferret wisdom for the edification of his listener. A man of very strong conviction, Hon Eyiboh stands and falls with whatever he believes in. He is a committed pragmatist, whose penchant for result often drives him to the edge.

Hon Eyiboh was born on January 28, 1960 in Akpautong community in Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state, He started his primary education at the Holy Cross Primary School, Uquo, Esit Eket Local Government Area, from where he proceeded to the Government Secondary School, Eket where he earned his ordinary level School certificate.

He later enrolled in the School of Basic Studies, Akamkpa, for his Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) Certificate and thereafter proceeded to the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, where he obtained a National Diploma certificate.

Hon Eyiboh later obtained an LLB degree from the University of Uyo and a Certificate in Strategic Leadership from the SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL (OSLP) Oxford University United Kingdom.
A man of indomitable spirit, Hon Eyiboh has never shied away from any battle, especially political battles. He is a man of inextirpable character. In his quest to represent the people of Eket/ Esit Eket/Ibeno/Onna federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Eyiboh fought the battle of his life and won against one of the vilest political contests of the time. Those arrayed against him threw up the worst form of mud and raked the most rancid allegations against him. It took only a man of his lion heart and the triumph of truth for him to survive.

In the House of Representatives, he shone like a million stars. While his fellow first timers cowered at their tottering feet, he rose like a meteor. He combined his experience as an astute administrator with his natural ability to communicate effectively to create a foothold for himself. He became the Spokesperson of the House and Chairman of the House Committee on Information. As spokesman of the House, he faced very challenging times, when the House went from one crisis to the other. He held his ground and communicated in that self same erudite, succinct and affable manner, to the admiration of his colleagues and Nigerians.

His teeming intellect found an outlet with his founding of the Initiatives, a post era, agenda setting and incorporated college of cerebral members of the National Legislature, where he became the Dean. The body became a sounding board for policy and strategic initiatives of government for the legislature. The Initiatives grew in stature and importance and attracted great minds even outside the National Assembly.

In his short-lived second term stint in the House of Representatives, Hon Eyiboh, despite legal obstacles and his very late swearing in, had the Chairmanship of a major House Committee, that of Donor Agency Committee, warehoused for him. In all, while in the House he was a Member of the House of Representatives Committee on Gas Resources, Water Resources, Defence, FCT Area Councils, and Health.

Prior to his eventful tour of duty in the House of Representatives, Hon Eyiboh had served his state in different capacities, all meritoriously. He was appointed Executive Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Ethical and Attitudinal Commission by the government of Obong Victor Attah. He transformed the once dormant establishment into a dominant player in that administrations ethical compliance and attitudinal change campaign. He showed uncommon ability to have great ideas and the gift to get them across. The queen of all the successful projects he executed in that agency was the initiation and organization of the first Local Government Administration in Nigeria Good Governance Award, an exercise that attracted the Presidency, Anti-Corruption Agencies, International Development Agencies and stakeholders in Good Governance. It was a project that brought innovations, transparency, and goodwill to the local government system. He was Director, Akwa Palm Industries Ltd a World Bank Funded tree crop project, 1994-1997.

Hon Eseme Eyiboh was appointed into the Governing Board of the Cross River Basin Development Authority by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018 and he is today the Chairman of the Forum of Chairmen of River Basin Development Authorities in Nigeria.

Having delivered in his previous engagement as an astute spokesman, the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State did not find it difficult to appoint him as the Chairman of the Information and Strategic Communications Committee of its Campaign Council and the Spokesman of the Campaign Council, a job he has been acquainting himself very well, bringing innovation and excellence. In his current position, Eyiboh has had a good time marketing the candidature of Obong Nsima Ekere, the APC governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State. He has used all the available platforms to effectively communicate the great selling points of the Nsima Blueprint and its potency to bring about a more humane, responsible and responsive government to the people of Akwa Ibom State.

He is today so consumed in the essential Nsima project that whenever he speaks of Nsima, melodiousness rolls over his tongue and out of his mouth whenever he spoke. Like Wiss Auguste, in the Illusion of Hope, Eseme’s eloquence equals his elegance.

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