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Senator John Owan Enoh

Meet Senator John Owan Enoh At 52, By Idaka Kelvin

Sen. John Owan that is known to many but unknown to few is a dogged and rare breed politician, who mentors new generation leaders for future challenges. His life is committed to the course of the masses.

Sen. Owan has over the years distinguished himself as a strong voice for good governance and succour to the vulnerable people of central senatorial district of cross river state and beyond. His relentless commitment and sacrifice for democracy as well as his track records of service, mentoring and outstanding accomplishment.

I congratulate you on this milestone and pray God almighty to continue to strengthen you, bless you with good health and vision to RESCUE CROSS RIVER STATE.

Meet Senator John Owan Enoh:

Born on June 4, 1966, at Agbokim Waterfalls, Etung Local Government Area of Cross River State, Sen. John Owan-Enoh attended St. Gregory’s Primary School, Agbokim (1972 – 1978), St. Augustine’s Seminary, Ezzamgbo, Abakaliki (1978 – 1983). Thereafter, he gained admission to study sociology in the faculty of social science, University of Calabar. By 1988, he graduated with a B.Sc Hons, Sociology (Second Class Upper). As a result of his outstanding brilliance and scholarship, he won the Best Graduating Student Award, Sociology Department in the class of 1988.

After serving with merit as an Assistant to the Director – General, Government Administration, Governor’s Office, Abeokuta, Ogun State during the compulsory National Youth Service, Sen. John Owan Enoh returned to the academia as Lecturer, Sociology Department, University of Calabar (1991 – 1997). His stint as Lecturer brought into sharp focus the enormous challenges confronting his people, accelerating in him the development of an acute social conscience for service. By 1997, when the General Sani Abacha Political Transition Programme was in full swing, Sen. Enoh’s innate capacity for service was already well horned and found expression during the elections. Between 1997 – 1998, he was member – elect, Cross River State House of Assembly. However, his election into the Cross River State House of Assembly was truncated by the cancellation of the General Sani Abacha’s programme.

Despite this temporary setback, Sen. John Owan Enoh’s mandate to serve his people was re-validated in a fresh political transition programme during which he scored an electoral landslide under the platform of All Peoples Party (APP).

Between 1999 – 2003, he served as minority Leader and Chairman, Committee on Information, Cross River State House of Assembly. By 2003 when the call for higher service beckoned, Sen. Enoh was elected a member of House of Representatives on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party. During his first tour of duty as a Federal Legislator, he was Deputy Chairman, Committee on Culture & Tourism (2003 – 2005); Deputy Chairman, Committee on Appropriation (2005 – 2007). He was active on the floor of the House. Of note, was his brilliant insight on the Fiscal Responsibility Act with emphasis on prompt presentation of Annual budgets within the Medium Term Framework. This feat became one of the highpoints of his tenure as the chairman, House Committee on Finance.

Between 2007 – 2011, Sen. John Owan-Enoh was appointed chairman, Committee on Finance. Under his guidance and leadership, the Committee on Finance conducted an Investigative Hearing on Non remittance of Internally Generated Revenues into the federation Account by government agencies and statutory corporations. As a result of the groundbreaking work of the committee, funds in excess of N400 billion was saved for government by the committee. Given his impressive record in the House and his earned reputation as a worthy representative with a common touch, his people rewarded him with a fresh mandate for a third tenure during the 2011 general elections.

In his 3rd term as member House of Representatives between 2011 – 2015, Sen. John Owan-Enoh served as Chairman, Committee on Appropriation. He has attended several courses at home and abroad on capacity building in aid of his legislative work including a course in Public Financial Management, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University (Executive Education), Telecoms Regulatory Master Class – Bath UK in 2004, Law Making for the Communication Sectors – BMIT, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2004, and Influence and Negotiation, Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2012 amongst others. Sen. Enoh is a fellow, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, CEPACS, University of Ibadan. He was also listed as one of Nigeria’s 50 most Outstanding Legislative Icons (1999 – 2010) in a definitive book published by Parlia Consult, a Consortium of Legislative Historians. He holds an Msc (Hons) Demography, Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), and MBA.

After a successful stint in the House of Representatives and having acquitted himself commendably as an embodiment of legislative excellence and indeed one of the most influential voices in the House, he was under enormous pressure to contest for the senatorial seat of Cross River State Central by his numerous supporters beyond his immediate constituency. He contested and won a massive victory in the 2015 elections. He is presently the distinguished Senator representing Cross River Central and Chairman Senate Committee on Finance. Sen. John Owan-Enoh is happily married with children.
It is important to note that in addition to the above credentials, Sen. John Owan Enoh was voted Senator of the year 2016 in Cross River State in the first ever assessment of the Senate by the National Assembly based CSOs on profiling, Data-Bank Management and Leadership Assessment – Centre for Nigeria Leadership Perspective, CENLEP NASS.

I urge you to Remain focus, undeterred as all eyes are on you to continue to lead as a shining light for democracy in cross River State and Nigeria at large.

I wish you a healthy long life full of prosperity as you add another year.


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