OKON, Elder Chief Efiong Udo

Profess ional Forester, Business Consultant, Managing Director, Nedikol11 Enterprises Nig. Ltd.; LGA:: Itu; Born: Feb. 27, 1928; Pa: Obong Udo O. Etok (d) and Madam Iquo U. Okon (d); Married to Elder Mrs. Nene E. Okon; Children: Efiong(38), Margaret (35), Michael (34), Gloria (33), Nene (30), Daniel (28), Solomon (14); Education: Hope Waddell Training Institution Calabar, 1941-44, Senior Cambridge Sch. Cert.; Ibadan Sch. of Forestry, 1947, Dipl in Forestry; Univ. of Ibadan, 1949-54, B. Sc Botany and Chemistry; Univ. of Oxford, England, 1954-56, B. A. Forestry, M.A., -1962; Univ. of Leningrad, USSR, 1963, Dipl. in Forest Management; Career and Work History: Forest Asst. Grd. III, National Forestry Service of Nigeria, 1946-49; Agricultural Research Officer, Fed. Forestry Research Dept, 1956-59; Senior Asst. Conservator of Forests, Eastern Nigeria Regional Forestry Service, 1959-62; Conservator of Forests, Eastern Region, 1962; Chief Conservator of Forests, Eastern Nigeria, 1963-67; Permanent Secretary, Eastern Nigeria, 1967-70; Chief Conservator of Forests, South Eastern Public Service, 1971-72; Permanent Secretary, South Eastern/Cross River State Public Service, 1973-76; Career Related Activities and Responsibilities: Forestry Adviser to the Tanzanian Govt., Tanzania, 1970-71; Nigerian Representative, World Forestry Congress, Madrid, Spain, 1966; Pres., Calabar Chamber of Commerce, 1978-82; Pres., Forestry Association of Nigeria, AKS Branch, 1991-present; Vice Pres., Nigeria Assoc. of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, 1978-82; Attended Conferences all over the World on Forestry Matters; Special World Related Achievements: Forestry Adviser to Tanzanian Govt., 1970-71; Nigerian Representative, World Forestry Congress at Madrid, Spain, 196'6; Publications: Presented three Forestry Papers at Conferences/Congresses held in Nigeria, Spain alid Kenya; Civic and Political Activities: Nation~1 Vice Chairman (CRS), National party of Nigeria, 1978-83; Pres., Student Union of Univ. of Ibadan, 1952-53; Pres., Itam Development Union, Itu, 1957- present; Chairman, Board of Directors, Nigeria Newsprint Manufacturing Company, Oku Iboku, 1980-83; Honours and Awards: "Obong Ntiya Ke Itam", 1972; "Obong Ono Nkpo Inam" both by Itam Traditional Rulers, 1979; "Obong Ntiya Ibibio" by Ibibio Traditional Rulers, 1982; "AdahaItam", 1983~ "Obong Ima Asuna", Imam, 1988; Elder, Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, 1965; Cert.of Honour, Univ. of Ibadan National Asscn. of AKS Students, 199 I; Silver Cup for Best Student of the Year, Ibadan, Sch. of Forestry, 1947, First Prize in Botany, Ibadan Univ. College, 1952; Listed in Who's is Who (African Eminent People); Queen's College Records, Oxford Univ., England; Professional· Memberships: Fellow, Forestry Association of Nigeria, 1986; Fellow, Association of Business Executives of Nigeria, 1987; Mem., Nigeria Assocition of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture; Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian; Hobbies: Photography, Reading, Mild Sports; Office: NEDIKOM Enterprises Nigeria Ltd., 137 Ndidem Iso Road, Calabar, Cross River State; Home: 2 Akpaidiok Street, P. O. Box 650, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Tel: (085) 204372
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