BIOGRAPHY

ABOUT

HON. IDORENYIN JAMES UMO

HIS EARLY YEARS

He was born on June 7, 1961 into the family of Obong (Elder) James Umoh and Elder (Mrs.) Susannah James Umoh (nee Susannah Hanson Enoh of Odio in the present ONNA L.G.A) both of Ekimbuk in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. They are both of blessed memory. His father was a school teacher who later retired as a school Principal. His mother, also a school teacher, retired as a school Headmistress and both were passionate Christians with the Presbyterian Church.

EDUCATION

He started his primary education in 1969 at Presbyterian School, Obot Itiat, Ididep, in the present Ibiono Ibom L.G.A. and finished in 1975 at Primary School, West Itam, in the present Itu L.G.A.

Being a child of school teachers, it was unavoidable for him to move with his parents wherever they were posted, thereby changing school from time to time. This process affected his secondary education which he started in 1976 at Archibong Memorial Secondary School, Ukpom, in Ikono L.G.A. and finished at Salvation Army Secondary School, Akai Ubium, in the present Nsit Ubium L.G.A., in 1980.

He also had his higher school education at the “School of Basic Studies”, Akamkpa, where he obtained his A-Level papers in 1983 before proceeding to the University of Lagos where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1987. Besides, formal education, he has attended a number of business workshops, leadership training and conferences within and outside Nigeria. These exposures exposed him to a wide range of business and leadership skills.

WORKING LIFE

After his university education, he did his national service with Mobil Producing Nigeria, Lagos, in the 1988/89 service year. His full-time working career started in 1989 when he took up an appointment as a senior officer with the then Peoples Bank of Nigeria. He later resigned in 1991 after he became the state Coordinator in Akwa Ibom to venture into private Business.

Thereafter, he set up a private business with an incorporated limited liability company, IB BENEST INVESTMENTS LIMITED, which was involved in the importation and supply of goods and services to individuals and corporate organizations, notably, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited. This venture afforded him notable experience in a structured organization.

In 1997, IB BENEST INVESTMENTS LIMITED divested into an Information Communication Technology (ICT) firm, the IBBIL COMPUTERS. IBBIL COMPUTERS has a network of partnerships with leading ICT companies in the world, and has grown over the years to become one of the leading ICT firms in Nigeria.

Located today at No. 180 Aka Road in Uyo, IBBIL Computers has a staff strength of over 200 and branches across many states in the country. As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IBBIL Computers, he oversees its daily operations focused on the importation, distribution and servicing of quality hardware systems and accessories in addition to ICT training and consultancy services.

Given its growth profile over the years, we can say with certainty that this company is one of the fastest-growing in this region.

SPIRITUAL LIFE

Born into a Christian family of ten, with sound Christian parents of the Presbyterian denomination, Idorenyin had an early Christian foundation in his upbringing. He grew up with this influence, which later led him to give my life to Christ in 1992, at a Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International outreach function, with a desire to serve God deeply.

He has served as Chapter President, Field Representative and member of the South-South II District Board of the Fellowship. He is a devoted member of the Grace Family Global Church.

FAMILY LIFE

FAMILY LIFE

He is happily married to UduakAbasi (Nee Miss Uduak Abasi Monday Ekpuk) of Ikot Afaha Eket by whom they are blessed with three children, two boys and a girl.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in the English Language from the University of Uyo and is presently working as Executive Director with IBBIL Computers.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

As a pioneer State Coordinator of People’s Bank of Nigeria in Akwa Ibom State, he spearheaded the opening of eight branches of the bank spread across the three senatorial districts of the state in Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, Eket, Ikot Abasi, Oron, Ibiono, Abak and Etinan.

As a private businessman, he has sponsored several students through scholarships in secondary schools and universities within Nigeria. Besides these gestures, he has a policy to give preference to indigenes of the state when employing staff to work in IBBIL COMPUTERS. Between 1999 and 2003, he represented the Ibiono Ibom State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly. During this period, he attracted government presence to the area by initiating several developmental projects which included renovation of schools and hospitals, electrification and water projects.

He has also assisted many indigenes of the constituency to gain employment into the state public service while others enjoyed scholarships in secondary schools and universities. As the Chairman of the House Committee on Works, Housing, Transport and Environment, he facilitated the identification of corked and abandoned oil/gas wells in the state.

This process helped to draw the attention of the government and oil companies to the dehumanizing conditions prevailing in the host communities of these corked wells and prompted some action to alleviate the suffering of the people.

He was also a leading proponent of the need to stop further marginalization of indigenes of Akwa Ibom State working with Exxon Mobil.

The result was the immediate promotion of Akwa Ibom State indigenes to senior managerial positions and the subsequent elevation of an Akwa Ibom indigene to the position of Executive Director in the company. Subsequently, two indigenes of Akwa Ibom State later became Executive Directors in the company, a development that was never possible in more than forty years of the operations of the company in the state.

Since the completion of his tenure as a member of the House of Assembly, he has been working in concert with other politicians and groups in the State to ensure that more development projects are attracted to the State.