Umo Bassey Eno

Born 24th April 1964



An Accomplished Entrepreneur, Visionary and tenacious business leader with a proven track record in achieving positive business results, a Pastor to over 3,000 membership congregations in various assemblies across the State and outside, and a Public Administrator whose yearnings for continuous selfimprovement and growth has got him currently studying for a PhD in the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. This Bi-vocational leader established Royalty Hotels & Recreations Ltd from a humble beginning in 1997 with just 5 rooms and gradually evolved into a Group of hospitality and allied service provider in Akwa State and Nigeria at large. The operations span through hotels, apartments, eatery, coffee shops, industrial catering and water production. He has effectively managed and provided jobs to a direct team of over 2,000 persons in more than 12 locations (including offshore locations), adding its quota to the social-economic index of the State and country. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Hotels & Catering Institute (FNHCI), an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Pan-African University, a distinguished Rotarian of the Rotary International District 9140 and a 3-Star Paul Harris Fellow (PHF), a recipient of the Honourary Member Award of the World Conference of Mayors, United State of America and a recipient of several awards of excellence for meritorious services. With his keen interest in community development, he is involved in key corporate social responsibilities in community development, upgrade of some schools within his environs, providing scholarships and trainings to several students as Interns and Industrial Attaches in Royalty Group. Driven by excellence, his cardinal objective is to build synergy with individuals, corporate organizations, private and government institutions in pursuit of building human capacity, maximizing productivity and wealth creation, and ensuring strong future growth for the benefit of national development and human good.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Pastor (Mrs.) Patience Eno
State of Origin: Akwa Ibom
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Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
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A responsible and loving father to six children and a grandfather to several grandchildren.

Working Experience Honourable Commissioner, 2020 – Ministry of Lands and Water Resources, Akwa Ibom State , Executive Director, 2019 - Directorate of Agricultural Investment, Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation AKIPOC Building,Abak Road, Uyo , Chief Executive Officer, 1997 – 2019 Royalty Group, 74/76 Eket/Oron Road, Eket, Akwa Ibom State , Chairman, 2004 – 2007 Akwa Ibom Hotels & Tourism Board,Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Group General Manager (GGM), Commercial Services Division, , 1994 – 1997 Norman Holdings Ltd 76, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos , General Manager, (GM) 1991 – 1994 Norman Investment Ltd (Finance House) 76, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos , Finance & Investment Manager, 1990 – 1991 Norman Investment Ltd (Finance House) 76, Adeniyi Jones Avenue Ikeja, Lagos , Commercial Director, 1985 – 1990 Bertola Machine Tool Ltd, 296 Ikorodu Road Anthony, Lagos , Banking Officer, 1982 – 1985 Union Bank Nigeria Plc, Lagos

Board Chairman, Ibom Fadama Microfinance Bank
Member, Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Akwa
Ibom State Government
3-Star Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Eket, District 9140
A Fellow of Nigerian Catering & Hotel Institute (FNCHI)
An Alumnus of Pan-African University’s Lagos Business School (LBS)
The Senior Prefect, Victory High School, Ikeja, Lagos State

Lagos Business School Pan-African University Epe, Lagos Executive Team Leadership (2009) University of Uyo,Uyo Akwa Ibom State Master of Science, Political Science & Public Administration (2006 -2008) University of Uyo, Uyo Akwa Ibom State Bachelor of Science, Political Science & Public Administration (1998 – 2002) St. Francis Secondary School, Eket, Akwa Ibom State & Victory High School, Ikeja, Lagos State Senior School Certificate (O’ Level) (1975 – 1981) Local Authority School, Ikeja Primary School/ First School Leaving Certificate (1970 -1975)

People’s Democratic Party

2013 Award of Honour for the Highest Employer of Labour/ Human
Development in Akwa Ibom State (Private Sector) by The
Unemployed Graduate Forum (UNEGRAF)
2012 Award of Recognition for contribution to the development of Akwa
Ibom State by Ekid People’s Union
2011 Certificate of Excellence by ExxonMobil for outstanding
performance and lasting contribution
2009 Outstanding Service Award for outstanding contribution in Tourism
Development by Afigh Iwaad Ekid
2007 Award for Service to the community by the Eket Local Government
2004 Gold Service Award for Professionalism in Hotel Management
2004 Highly Productive Company Award (Private Sector) by
National productivity Centre, Abuja
2003 Meritorious Award for Leadership Role and Service by Rotary Club
of Eket Central
2001 Honourary Member of the World Conference of Mayors,
United State of America for tremendous service and interest in
National and International issues
1996 Excellence Awards for Public Administration by Akwa Ibom State
Television Authority.

He is an author of several books including such inspiring titles as: Wealth
Creation: God’s Way, Breakforth, Dream Again, True Friendship, and
Exercising Your Dominion Mandate.
He is the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Hospitality Connect which covers the
hospitality and tourism potentials of Akwa Ibom State and The Appetizer
Magazines and a regular contributor to Christian journals and is in high
demand as Speaker in many public fora.

Conference of International Association of Hospitality Practitioners, Chicago, USA
May, 2015

 Continuing Professional Education for Hospitality Practitioners by Nigerian Hotel & Catering Institute
August, 2014

 Capacity Development Programme for Hospitality Practitioners by Nigerian Hotel & Catering Institute
August, 2012

 Water & Mineral Bottling Business Course, by Aguapuro, India

 Executive Team Leadership Training, Lagos Business School, Lagos
November, 2009

 Making Catering Contract Work Course London, United Kingdom by BIFM Training
July, 2008

 Materials Purchasing/Procurement & Stores Inventory Management, Eket by Zubby Consult
April, 2007

 Basic Water Survival Training, Eket February, 2005

 Development of Tourism in small Islands and SubSaharan Africa, Seychelles

 Effective Negotiation Strategy, United Kingdom December, 1995

 Strategic Marketing Course, United Kingdom by John Crane
September, 1995

 Corporate Treasury Course, Lagos October, 1994

 Interpretation of the Bank and Other Financial Institutions (BOFID) Training, Lagos
May, 1994

 Interpretational Conference on Capital Market Development (Seminar)
June, 1993

 Bank Credit Analysis Course, Union Bank Training School, Surulere, Lagos
April, 1985

 Cashiers Course, Union Bank Training School, Surulere, Lagos
April, 1984

As Honourable Commissioner, 2020 –
Ministry of Lands and Water Resources, Akwa Ibom State
 Amicable Intervention in the issues which earlier hindered the Dakkada
Luxury Estate Development.
 Inauguration of Monitoring and Development Control Team to check Indiscriminate Buildings across A’Ibom.
 Inauguration of Land Allocation, Verification, Recovery Committee.
 Facilitating the Accelerated Release of C of Os to Private Sector Operators.
 Inauguration of review committee for the State Water bill.

As Executive Director, 2019 –
Directorate of Agricultural Investment Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation
 Planned and executed the first farmers’ enumeration in Akwa Ibom State
 Creation of farmers’ database for the state to coordinate an easy way to reach, educate and support farmers.
 Conducted training for 1,700 farmers in collaboration with Harvest Plus
 Led a private-sector approach to operations driving accountability and utilization of proven business practices:
 Received approval by His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel or building a Cassava warehouse and storage facility for off taking
harvested cassavas from farmers across the State.
 Developed cassava end to end business model to curtail the rate of inflation on cassava and related value chain.
 Received approval by His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel for revamp of Akwa Palms in Esit Eket after 25years of no activity through a Public Private Partnership and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Oil Pam Development Initiative.
 Increase the partnership and involvement of investors in the Agricultural Sector.

As Governor/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), 1997 – 2019
Royalty Group
 Steadily grew the Hotel from a humble beginning of 5 rooms to 30 rooms
 Championed the creation of seven (7) large scale departments/ outlets known as Strategic Business Units.
 Diversification from hotels into apartments, industrial catering, coffeeshops and eateries, bottle/ sachet water manufacturing,
consultancy/ training.
 Opened up of five (5) additional locations in Akwa Ibom State with a liaison office in Lagos.
 Became one of the first completely indigenous catering organization to win and execute an industrial catering contract with multinationals prominent
amongst them with Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) that covered eleven (11) MPN offshore locations and QIT onshore location; and Chevron
Nigeria Limited (CNL) Agbami FPSO respectively.
 Effectively managed team of over 2000 employees in 12 different locations
 Increased revenue by over 200% in a 5-year timespan.
 Increased customer base retention by 35% yearly.
 Instituted a robust Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program for Royalty Group focused on educational support/ student scholarships, finance support for medical concerns, startup grants for young entrepreneurs, trainings – interns and out trainings, youth enlightenment through “Ignite”, etc.
 AkwaFresh Premium Table Water got SON commendation as an award winning water with good alkalinity.
 The Hotel got the “Highly Productive Company Award (Private Sector)” by National Productivity Centre, Abuja

As Chairman, 2004 – 2007
Akwa Ibom Hotels & Tourism Board, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
 Conducted a state wide hotel inspections for categorization and classification.
 Developed and printed the first Akwa Ibom Hotels Directory for travellers and tourist.

As Group General Manager (GGM)
Commercial Services Division, 1994 – 1997
Norman Holdings Ltd
Went through the ranks from Finance Manager (1990 – 1991), General
Manager (1991-1994), Group General Manager, Commercial Services
Division (1994-1997).
 Handled full sales cycle. Grew profit after tax from 5million to 55million (Naira) during his period with the company.
 Increased the revenue growth which was 5% by 15% yearly by developing a financial road- map.
 Developed a new business model and guided planning.
 Had responsibility to put in place necessary processes and secure a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) license to operate a micro finance bank.
 Grew the finance house to one among the first 10 finance companies in Nigeria as at the period.

#2, Edem Udo Street, Eket, Akwa Ibom, Nsit Ubium L.G.A, Akwa Ibom

He is an ordained apostle in the body of Christ and the Undershepherd of the All Nations Christian Ministry Int’l in Eket. A ministry called to build a
community of Christian Believers that transcend race, tribe, colour, tradition and denominations into a kingdom focused church.

He holds annual conferences for youths, women and men; aside the general ministry convention. Notable amongst such are the Ignite Conference for youth
with over 2,500 youths in attendance; Bone of my bone couples seminar and day out.

He strives in his daily work to enthrone kingdom principles in doing business in the marketplace. He is a good social mixer who believes in hard work,
integrity and strong character.

He won the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

The leading PDP candidate polled a total of 993 votes, beating 13 other contestants to emerge the PDP Governorship candidate for the 2023 general election in a race that involved a total of 1018 delegates.

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