ISONG, Chief (Dr) Clement Nyong(Late)

Economist, Banker, Politician, Administrator, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, former Governor of Cross River State; LGA: Onna; Born: Apr. 20, 1920; Pa: Nathaniel Isonuyo (d) and Madam Maggie Isonuyo( d); Married to Mrs Nne Isong (nee Akpaete); Children: Ekaete(38), Clement Jnr(36), Umoh(34), Eno(30), Inyang(28), Ubong(23); Education: Methodist College, Uzuakoli, 1936-39, Cambridge Certificate, Univ. College, Ibadan, 1949- 50, Diploma in Education; Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, 1951-54, B.A. Business Administration; Harvard Univ., U.S.A, 1954, M.A. Economics; 1957, Ph D. Central Banking; Honorary Degrees: Doctor of Science, Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, U.S.A, 1972; Univ. of Cross River State, 1988/89, D.Sc.; Career and Work History: Primary Sch. Headmaster, Methodist Sch., Ukpum Anwana, 1934-45; Sec Sch. Master, Methodist Boys High Sch., Oron, 1946-48; Economics Lecturer, Univ. College, Ibadan, 1958-59; Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1957; Secretary/Head of Administration, Central Bank of Nigeria; Director of Research, Central Bank of Nigeria, 1960-62; Seconded to the International Monetary Fund as Adviser, African Department, 1962-65; Governor of Central Bank ofN igeria, 1967- 72 (1st term), 19722-75: Managing Director, FIBA Consultants Ltd., 1975-78; Consultant, ECOW AS Fund Establishment, Togo, 1978; Governor of Cross River State under the National Party of Nigeria PI~tform, 1979-83; Retired in 1985; Career Related Activities and Responsibilities: Central Banking Course in India, 1960; Attachee, Bank of England, 1960; Set Up Research Department of the CBN, 1960-62; Chairman, OMPADEC Committee on Loans and Revenue; Chairman, Budget Management Committee of the Federal Govt., 1993; Pro Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe Univ., Awka, 1994; Special Work Related Achievement: During the Biafran War, changed the colour of Nigerian Currency, 1968; Effected a change to the Naira (decimalisation), 1973; As the Governor of Cross River State, established the Univ. of Cross River State; Sponsored Construction of Residential Quarters and; Industrialization ofCalabar; Qua Steel; Sunshine Batteries; Quality Ceramics; Peacock Paints; International Biscuit Company at Ikot Ekpene, 1979-83; Publications: Central Banking in Developing Countries (Major Speeches); Civic and Political Activities: Notable Politician; Chairman, Awa Community Bank; Chairman, MFC Savings and Loans Ltd; Chairman, Ibibio Elders Forum; Adviser to several Councils; Honours: Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, CFR, FGN, 1982; Numerous Chieftaincy titles include, Obong Unwana of Awa, 1978; The Attah of Eket; The Obong Iyaatoflbiono; The Enin of Uk ana fun; The Ubokudom ofIka amongst others; Professional Memberships: Fellow, Nigeria Institute of Management Religious Affiliation: Christian; Home: 7 O.U. Utuk Street, Abak Road Housing, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Tel:(085)204664; Home Town: Ikot Udo Essang, Onna Local Govt. Area, Akwa Ibom State.
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