Effiong Akwa: 10 things you should know about the controversial newly sworn in NDDC Sole Administrator
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Barr Effiong Akwa as the Sole Administration of Niger Delta Development Commission to replace Pondei amidst controversies and mixed reactions.
His subsequent swearing-in has generated even more controversial reactions.
Who is Barr Effiong Akwa? We bring you 10 things you must know about the newly sworn in NDDC Sole Administrator and why his appointment is everything but controversial.
1. Barr Effiong Okon Akwa hails from Okobo Local Government Area in Oro Nation, Akwa Ibom State.
2. Barr Akwa is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA.)
3. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB.)
4. Akwa had been the Regional Meetinganager in charge of South/South, of CDB PLC ( now FCMB.)
5. He is a former Managing Director, MD, of Akwa Savings and Loans Limited. Many would remember him for ruining the state mortgage bank aground.
6. Effiong Okon Akwa emerged Executive Director Finance and Administration, EDFA, in NDDC barely four months ago to fill the evacuum left in the office owing to the sudden demise of Elder Ibanga Etang of the blessed memory.
He was sworn in by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
7. Barr. Effiong Okon Akwa worked before in NDDC under Sir Bassey Dan-Abia. The new NDDC Sole Administrator was Special Assistant on Finance to Sir Bassey Dan-Abia, a foormer Managing Director of the NDDC between 2013 and 2015.
8. Although none of the trio of Sir Bassey Dan-Abia, Senator Godswill Akpabio and Barr Effiong Akwa is related to the other by blood, they all had strong working relationship.
9. Sir Dan-Abia was a former Commissioner in Akpabio’s cabinet when Senator Akpabio was Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
10. Governor Akpabio nominated Dan-Abia as the Managing Director of the NDDC and alledgely sent Barr Akwa to work with him as his Special Assistant on Finance during this period.
Barr Akwa’s new appointment is seen by some as yet another evidence of Akpabio’s agenda to run the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, as his personal estate, an allegation that was roundly dismissed by a coalition of civil society groups.