The name, “Idorenyin” connotes an attitude of unrelenting hope of a people whose destiny in God is great. Akwa Ibom is optimistic and very desperate of this enigma that comes with hope of assuaging the aspiration, yearnings and desires of the people especially, at the brink of stepping into the prophetically promised land that flows with milk and honey and so this defining moment is strategic in the annals of the development of the State. The founding fathers had fought for and died without obtaining the promise because the vision was waiting for the appointed time.
Like Abraham, “who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken…” (Romans 4:18), Hon. Idorenyin James Umo, a gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party in Akwa Ibom State during the 2011 Governorship race believes that God designed Akwa Ibom to be a great State strategically endowed for excellence and glory in spite of the many faceted challenges and setbacks it has experienced. Even though successive governments have laid the foundation and put up some structures in place for the collective good of the people over the years, yet, Idorenyin is deeply convinced that there are still much more to be done and for this purpose, it behooves him to drive the process that will be a totally people-oriented governance come 2023. Inspired by the words of Eleanor Roosevelt that, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Hon. Idorenyin Umo hereby surrenders himself to contest for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State 2023.
Born on June 7, 1961 into the family of Obong (Elder) and Elder (Mrs.) James and Susannah Umo of blessed memories both of Ekimbuk in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. His father was a school teacher who later retired as a School Principal. His mother also a school teacher who retired as headmistress. Hon. Idorenyin James Umo started his primary education in 1969 at the Presbyterian School, Obot Itiat, Ididep, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area and completed it in 1975 at the Primary School, West Itam in Itu Local Government Area, owing to the itinerant nature of his parents’ job; he was changing schools from time to time. After his secondary and higher school education where he obtained “A” level papers in 1983 at the School of Basic Studies, Akamkpa, Cross River State, he enrolled at the University of Lagos in 1984 for an undergraduate studies and completed in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. His working life commenced with the mandatory National Youth Service Corp, NYSC assignment where he served with Mobile Producing Nigeria during the 1988/89 service year. His superlative leadership qualities date back to the People’s Bank of Nigeria where he was appointed as a Senior Officer and later State Coordinator in Akwa Ibom State between 1989 and 1991.
He pioneered the spread of the Bank’s branches across the three Senatorial districts of the State with the mandate of facilitating soft loans to small and medium scale enterprises amongst others. In addition, over 200 indigenes of the State were employed into the service of the bank.
Apart from his brief stint in public sector, Hon. Umo is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of IBBIL COMPUTERS, a front line Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Company in Nigeria with a wide network of partnership with leading ICT companies in the world whose headquarters is domiciled in Uyo. The company has in the last two decades evolved and diversified from importation, distribution and servicing of quality hardware systems and accessories to training, consultancy and full scale facilitation of comprehensive ICT educational services in both public and private schools from primary to secondary levels in Akwa Ibom and many other States of the federation. Mindful of the need to be on the cutting edge of the ICT business, Umo is constantly propelled by his inherent passion for excellence to obtain cognate trainings within and outside Nigeria, participating in international conferences and expos in Germany, China, India and the USA. He is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School/ Pan African University’s GEL programme: garnering several outstanding awards over the years which include; Econet Wireless CEO Award, Bourdex Telecom’s Best Dealer Channel Partner Award serving as their exclusive distributor in Akwa Ibom State and the Dealer Channel Partner Award as the best partner in the Eastern Region of the country among others.
As lawmaker, he sponsored and co- sponsored bills and motions on the floor of the House, embarked on oversight functions and constructively engaged relevant groups, Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of government to attract the dividends of democracy to his people. Hon. Idorenyin Umo served as the Deputy Majority Leader and Chairman House Committee on Works, Housing and Environment, he was one of the strong and articulate voices in the second Assembly, a gentleman whose contributions and impact cannot be undermined. He initiated a number of developmental projects such as schools and hospital renovations, electrification and water sanitation for a number of communities. He granted a number of students and undergraduates scholarship programmes and assisted many people to be gainfully employed. Because of his solid business background, he was part of the negotiating team that interfaced with Econet before it switched on in Akwa Ibom State. As a devoted Christian, he pioneered the introduction of morning devotions on Mondays in the Assembly before the commencement of official duties. In his time the prayer used to hold at the Speaker’s office, an act that was later embraced and extended for participation of all. This effort was wholly and fully embraced by successive administrations in the Assembly, which later led to the establishment of God’s presence in the hearts of the people, with a full-fledged chapel built and commissioned by the immediate past Governor and dedicated to the glory of God.
Hon. Idorenyin Umo is married to beautiful UduakAbsi Idorenyin Umo (Nee UduakAbasi Monday Ekpuk) of Ikot Afaha Eket with whom they are blessed with three children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language from the University of Uyo and presently serving as an Executive Director with IB BENEST INVESTMENTS LIMITED (IBBIL).