Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem is the present Secretary to the State Government sworn into office by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel. He is a Former National President, Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), and CEO, Teledom Group. He Hails from Afiuda, in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State
Married with 4 children, Dr. Ekuwem is a devout Christian of the Catholic faith and he speaks excellent English, French and Italian.
Age and Education
Dr. Emmanuel E. Ekuwem is an old boy of the Queen of Apostles Seminary, Afaha Obong, Abak and an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University (former University of Ife) Ile-Ife. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering Physics, Masters Degree in Physics, Masters Degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Microcomputer-based Instrumentation and Control Engineering) and a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Computer-based Instrumentation and Control Engineering). He did his Post-PhD fellowship research work (Computer-based Real-Time Data Communication in PSTN) in the Networking and Radio Propagation Laboratory of the UNESCO ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
This meticulous, well-travelled, well-schooled individual is a true giant in the global ICT sphere. He is one of the most authentic public intellectuals in our part of the world, with over 172 publications and presentations to his credit.
Emmanuel Ekuwem has worked briefly as Head of Engineering in the then Department of Meteorological Services (now Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET) of the Aviation Ministry before going on voluntary retirement at a very young age. While in the Aviation establishment, he won a “Ministerial Award for Outstanding Productivity.
Dr. Ekuwem has served in several capacities some of which are:
• Member of the telecommunications industry consultative and advisory forum of the Nigerian Communication commission (NCC).
• Member of the Infrastructure Policy Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).
• Member of the Science and Technology Policy Commission of NESG
• Member of the Infrastructure sub-committee of the National IT Strategic Action PLAN.
• Chairman of Technology Development Company Limited (Hi-Tech development and ICT-based Industrial Automation).
• External Member of Faculty Board of the Faculty of Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
• Chairman, Technical Committee of the Nigerian Universities Network (NUNet) and Nigerian Universities Management Information System (NUMIS) – NUNet/NUMIS.
• Member, Akwa Ibom State Technical Committee on the development of the Deep Sea Port
• Member of the Presidential committee on 419 on the Internet and cybercrime.
• Member of the Nigerian Cybercrime working group.
• Consultant to UNESCO (Nigeria office) on the IT component of UNDAF.
• He is a Fellow of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)/TRIL Programme of the ICTP on Intelligent Real-Time Computer-based Data Communication.
• He has had Consultancy and Collaboration Activities with United Nations Agencies ( International Telecommunications Union (ITU), UNESCO, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), UNDP, UNECA, World Bank, UNIDO, etc)
• He is a former National President of the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, a Former President of the Nigeria Internet Group, and the Founder – and until recently – the CEO of Teledom Group.
Awards and Recognition
A recipient of over 110 awards, recognitions and chieftaincy titles, including “Obong Ifiok Ibaka” and “Ofriyo Mbo”, he is a fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society; Fellow, Nigerian Meteorological Society; Member of the International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, The Internet Society, amongst others.
Ministerial Productivity Award
Dr Ekuwem, a prime mover of Teledom International Limited, founded the company with IT-Management experience as an expert/Consultant in Telecommunication and IT. He held brief as Head of Engineering in the then Department of Meteorological Services (now Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET) of the Aviation Ministry before going on voluntary retirement at a very young age.
While in the Aviation establishment, he won a “Ministerial Award for Outstanding Productivity” for developing a sensitive radiosonde to determine the vertical profile (stability or/and instability) of the troposphere for aviation safety. As a scion of telecommunication and IT, he has delivered several papers at workshops, conferences and seminars on how to manage, improve and integrate Nigeria and indeed Africa into the global ICT-world for the greater benefits of all. He is really detailed, and well travelled in the global ICT industry. Dr Ekuwem speaks excellent English, French and Italian. He is a member of IEEE, ISOC, NMS, etc.
National Award (Honour) by President Obasanjo
As a mark of special recognition of the contributions of Dr. Emmanuel E. Ekuwem to the growth of ICT in Nigeria, then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in year 2001 identified him as the “most productive individual” and conferred on him the prestigious award – the National Productivity Order of Merit – NPOM. This very award stands him out as an epitome of excellence in his chosen career.
In the year 2002, Teledom International Limited won the Regional Best Performance Award as a distributor of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) equipment from the BWA world leader, Alvarion Limited of Israel, under his professional techno-managerial leadership.
For his contributions to diffusion of knowledge using Information and Communications Technology, the Ibaka Traditional Rulers Council in December 2002, conferred the Chieftaincy title of “Obong Ifiok” (Chief/Custodian of Knowledge) on Dr. Ekuwem.
He also has the chieftaincy title of “Ofriyo Mbo” (tallest skyscraper / flowering tree).
Telecom Industry Award
Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) conferred the National Telecommunications Merit Award on him in 2004 at the 10th Anniversary of the body. He was
Distinguished Scientist Award was given to him in October 2004 by Faculty of Science, OAU, Ife.
Pan African Award
He was honoured on April 28, 2005 with the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah Africa Leadership Award in Ghana.
ALBERT EINSTEIN Centenary Award
The Nigerian Institute of Physics (NIP), in celebrating 2005 as the World Physics Year declared by the United Nations to commemorate the centenary anniversary of Albert Einstein’s famous discovery of Relativity, conferred the Award of Excellence on Dr. Ekuwem on 18 August 2005 for his contributions to “networking of academic minds and institutions for the exchange of scientific knowledge”
National Dailies Award
In 2008, Dr. Ekuwem earned an Award of Excellence by National Dailies for his Advocacy of Broadband Information and Communications Technology Infrastructure penetration of Nigeria for Knowledge Wealth Creation.
Legend of Technology Award
In April 2010, Legend of Tech Award was conferred on Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem by Technology Africa.
Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Award
September, 2010, he was honoured by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Channel
10, Lagos with the Award of Excellence in
Human Capacity Building and Empowerment to mark the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Nigeria’s Independence.
He is a pioneer Proposer for Migration from “Militants” or “ terrorists” to Digital Revolutionaries” for restive youth in Nigeria. Dr, Ekuwem believes that poverty is a threat to democracy because where there is rampant poverty, integrity bows to the existentialist pocket! The ability of integrity to say NO or YES, at the right time and place is weakened by the pressure on pocket to meet immediate needs. There is a rush for WHAT IS in spite of the palpable need for WHAT SHOULD BE! A general quest for WHAT SHOULD BE results in sustained socio-economic growth, development and advancement! “ICT is a creative ‘drug’. Use ICT to create millions of jobs and take these boys and girls off the streets for the peace and progress of our country”, Dr. Ekuwem always says.