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Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Show me a man who has sacrificed for the development and stability of our dear state and I shall refer you to Leader Okpolupm Etteh.

When the heat of the infamous Appeal Court judgement nullifying the election of Deacon Udom Emmanuel was very hot in 2015, and some persons decided to pitch their political tents on quicksand, The Right Honourable Etteh refused all enticement and collapsed  his political families into the Divine Mandate.

From an ordinary member and Committee Chairman in the Third Assembly, he rose to become the Chief Whip in the Fourth Assembly between 2007 and 2011. In 2011, he climbed up the ladder again to become the Leader of the House of Assembly. 

Before he got to where he is today, he attended the Central School, Upenekang, Ibeno. He also attended the Secondary Grammar School, Ibeno, before going to the renowned Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State, where he bagged a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Marketing with Upper Credit Level. 

He also attended the Galilee International Institute of Management, Israel, where he bagged a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and Civil Service Management.

After leaving school, Rt. Hon. Okpolupm Etteh first served with Genesis Motors, Enugu as a Youth Corps member.

 From there, he joined Courdeau Catering Limited, an offshore/onshore oil services catering company to Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, as Operations Supervisor. 

Later he moved on to Jena Industries Limited as Operations Manager, and Ikang Conglomerate Nigeria Limited as Director, Operations,  before incorporating a limited company called - Olgette Projects Ltd (OPL) where he served as the Chairman, Board of Directors until his voluntary resignation to be in active politics.

His life of community service started a long time ago. At Federal Polytechnic Oko, he was a two-term President of the National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS). In Ibeno, he was the Youth Leader before going to the House of Assembly.

Rt. Hon. Etteh has been honoured with a Honorary Texan Citizen Award by the State of Texas, United States of America; Best State Legislator Award by The Ultimate Projector Magazine; Legislative Merit Award by Institute of Industrial Administration of Nigeria; 

African Democrat Merit Award as an African Outstanding Leader and Philanthropist by Trust Magazine;  2011 Merit Award for Humanitarian Service by NYSC Vanguard, Akwa Ibom State;

 2011 African International Role Model Leadership Gold Award from Beema Communications Ltd.; Gold Service Award from Rotary Club of Uyo Metropolis of Rotary International, District 9140 - Nigeria; African Achievers Leadership Award, from Accra, Ghana; 

Excellence in Leadership Award from Ikot Akpa Idem Elite League, Southern Afaha Clan, Ukanafun LGA; Award of Honour from Afigh Iwaad Ekid and  Certificate of Excellence in Leadership from Oron Development Union, Atlanta Chapter, USA. 

A Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Industrial Administration, Rt. Hon. Etteh holds the chieftaincy titles of Iberedem Ikono, Obong Uforo Esit Eket, Nta Nta Ekpene Ukim and Offong Ubuedai Mbo.

He is also a member of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio and member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of Ngba Ndiak Obolo (Obolo People Assembly) and also a Patron of Afigh Iwaad Ekid.

Always proud of his pan-Akwa Ibom heritage, Rt. Hon. Etteh was given birth to by a mother who is from Obio Itak in Ikono Local Government Area.

His grandmother is from Obio Offot in Uyo Local Government Area while he is married to Ekaette from Utu Ikot Imonte in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area with whom he has four children: Ekoakwaha, Okpolupm Jnr, Godswill and Mary.

He is variously described as a man of Integrity; a Courageous, Focused, Principled, Dedicated, Humble, Simple, Reserved, Open, Broadminded, Magnanimous, Thorough, Meticulous, Approachable, Confident, Energetic, Influential, Exposed and Experienced leader. 
He was also one of the front runners in the 2015 Governorship race in Akwa Ibom State. 

He was Chairman of the State Electoral Panel of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for primaries to the December 2, 2017 Local Government Election, a position he also held in 2009 for the party.

 He was a strategic member of the Divine Mandate Campaign Organization where he served as Member of the Strategy Committee; Member of the Contact Committee and Vice Chairman Security Committee.

 Rt. Hon. Etteh, was the Honorary Senior Special Adviser on Special Duties and today he is the Honourable Commissioner for Special Duties.

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