For demonstrating that estate management and politics fundamentally address human development and deploying both dimensions to conceptualise development templates that have lifted his state, region and country; for navigating with a broad vision of life and proving that discipline, focus and persistence are sure-fire ingredients for human success, Obong Nsima Udo Ekere is The AUTHORITY Icon.
He is a notable entrepreneur and innovative thinker with a short but impactful public service career. Over the years, he has built successful businesses and garnered cogent national and international experiences in real estate, urban and regional planning, oil and gas, power and construction. Meet Obong Nsima Udo Ekere, former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State and currently, Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
He was born on May 29, 1965, a native of Ikot Oboroenyin, Edemaya Clan in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He studied Estate Management at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, graduating in 1986.
As a public officer, he served briefly as deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State between May 2011 and October 2012 before resigning on personal grounds. Prior to that, he was the Executive Chairman of the Akwa Ibom Investment and Industrial Promotion Council, AKIIPOC, the state investment agency (2007 – 2012). He also served as Chairman, Ibom Power Company (2008 – 2011).
Overall, Ekere has more than 27 years of public and private sector experience, with 19 years spent in top management positions working cross-functionally in a variety of challenging projects across various economic sectors. His areas of expertise include construction, real estate development and property administration, power sector development, investment management and oil & gas upstream development.
In addition to the B. Sc Honours Degree in Estate Management (1986) a number of professional qualifications support his credentials: He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Registered Member, Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria ESVRBN; Senior Certified Valuer, International Real Estate Institute IREI. Minnesota, USA; and enjoys associate memberships of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation, IRRV, London.
As Executive Chairman of AKIIPOC, Ekere conceived and implemented the first private sector gas-to-power project in Nigeria, an innovative strategy to convert natural gas into feedstock for power generation, as a public – private partnership with the Akwa Ibom State Government.
He also developed and implemented a framework for state governments to undertake power distribution within their states. He worked with the Office of the Vice President and the National Council on Power and the governors of Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom to create a special purpose vehicle, 4Power Limited, to assume responsibility for power distribution across the four states.
He is the founder and principal partner Ekere and Associates, a real estate firm with offices in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Uyo, in addition to a number of other businesses.
His unstated philanthropic gestures include strong investment in human development through regular award of scholarships and educational grants; provision of potable water to rural communities in his Edemaya Clan, Ikot Abasi, and medical outreaches to rural communities. In 2012, Ekere, along with his siblings donated a state-of-the-3art Accident and Emergency Ward/Trauma Centre to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.
A a Knight of John Wesley, KJW, of the Methodist Church Nigeria, He is a recipient of numerous honours and merit awards including traditional titles in recognition of outstanding contributions to community development.
He is married to the love of his life, Mrs. Ese Ekere and they are blessed with children.