The gubernatorial flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, Obong (Dr.) Nsima Udo Ekere, has chosen Dr. Amadu Jackson Attai as his running mate for the 2019 election.
Dr. Attai, the immediate past state chairman of the APC, is a consummate administrator, savvy politician, seasoned educationist and philanthropist who exudes humility, competence and charisma.
Born March 5, 1962, Attai hails from Ediene Attai community in Ekparakwa Clan, Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
He commenced his formal education sojourn at Methodist Manse Primary School, Akani Obio, Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State (hitherto Cross River State) where he bagged his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1974.
The young Amadu Jackson Attai proceeded to Qua Iboe Church Secondary School, Ika Annang, Oruk Anam LGA, and bagged the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and General Certificate in Education (GCE) certificates in 1980.
In 1981, he enrolled at School of Arts and Science, Uyo, where he got his GCE A-Level after passing with flying colours.
Attai’s burning quest for higher formal education took him to University of Cross River State (now University of Uyo) where he graduated with Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Philosophy, Second Class Honours category, in 1991. He holds a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Administration obtained from University of Uyo and University of Calabar in 2001 and 2010, respectively.
Dr. Amadu Jackson Attai’s professional career spans decades. Between 1984 and 1998, he served as Assistant Executive Officer’s Personal Officer 1 at the National Commission for Museums and Monuments. From 1998 to 2007, he was an Assistant Registrar, and later, Senior Assistant Registrar at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria.
He served as Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State from 2014 to 2018.
As an astute academician, Dr. Attai has an inexhaustible repertoire of academic works,
to mention a few: Cabotage Administration in Nigeria: (Issues and Prospects) Contemporary Issues in Public Administration and Governance, 2018; Rational Presidency in Nigeria -Issue and Reality – International Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 7 No. 2, September, 2011; Legislature and National Development: The Nigeria Experience Global Journal of Art, Vol. 2 No. 9, Pages 63 – 78, Nov. 2014; Community Development in Akwa Ibom State: Issue Challenges and Prospects International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 19, Issue 9, September, 2014; Youth Unemployment in Nigeria: The Way Forward: Akwa Ibom State University. Journal of Social and Management Sciences, Vol 1 No. 6 & 7, April, 2018.
Dr. Attai’s political career is equally glittering. He has contributed his quota to the growth and stability of the APC by utilizing his deep nous and experience.
He has served meritoriously in the following capacities: Deputy State Chairman of the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) from 2010 to 2011; Acting State Chairman, ACN, 2011 to 2013; Member, ACN National Executive Council, 2011 to 2014; Interim State Chairman, APC, 2013 to 2014; State Chairman, APC, 2014 to 2018; Member, Zonal Executive Committee, APC, 2013 to 2018; Member, National Executive Committee, APC, 2014 to 2018; Chief Adviser, Nsima Ekere Campaign Organization, 2018.
He is a member of the Institute of Personnel Management, European Centre for Research and Development and Police Community Relations Committee, Zone 6, Calabar.
His reserved nature notwithstanding, honorary awards have been bestowed on him in line with the maxim that a gold fish has no hiding place. The honours include: Grand Patron, G31; Ama Ndito Ibiono Ibom by Nka Iberedem Ndito Ibiono Ibom; Ayen Emem Ajid, Qua Iboe Church Area Conference, Ikot Okoro, Oruk Anam LGA; and Ufan Nto Ufok Nwed Annang, University of Uyo.
A devout Christian, Dr. Amadu Attai is married to Mrs. Uduak Amadu Attai, and the union is blessed with children.
The APC governorship flagbearer, Obong Nsima Ekere, said his choice of Attai as running mate is a reward for sacrifice and loyalty to the party, adding that his competence is unrivalled.
With the highly cerebral duo of Obong (Dr.) Nsima Udo Ekere and Dr. Amadu Jackson Attai as Governor and Deputy Governor, Akwa Ibom shall be reegineered and relaunched on the path of sustainable development, economic boom and unity.