by Isi Esene
Akwa Ibom state yesterday got its first female deputy governor as the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Idongesit Ntem-Isua, swore-in Valerie Ebe after getting nominated by the governor, Godswill Akpabio.
Her choice became necessary after the deputy governor, Nsima Ekere, resigned from office on October 31. Ekere reportedly resigned from office after some political squabbles with Akpabio, reportedly over who will succeed him as governor in 2015.
Ebe’s nomination was ratified by the State House of Assembly on Friday, November 2 based on the letter sent to it by Governor Godswill Akpabio.
Akpabio said, “Although gender was not a consideration in the appointment, a section of the public would definitely see her as being at the vanguard of our faith for more women participation in government.
“By her appointment, we now have a triumvirate of women in key positions like the Chief Judge, Head of Civil Service and one Deputy Governor.
“Akwa Ibom is definitely leading the revolution in gender equality in the country,’’ he said.
He reportedly remarked that the swearing-in of Ebe as the new deputy governor was historic because she was the first woman in the 25-year history of the state to occupy such a position.
Ebe, who hails from Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state, was born on March 26, 1947 and had served as commissioner for culture and tourism and commissioner for environment.