A Profile of Uko Essien Udom, SAN

Mr. Uko Udom is the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, he is the founding partner of Udom and Udom Firm (Legal Practitioners). Born on the 11th of April, 1956, he attended Abadina School, Ibadan, from 1962 to 1966 for his primary school education.

He had his secondary school education at the International School, Ibadan, Oyo State, and Holy Family College. Abak, Akwa Ibom State, where he obtained his West African School Certificate in 1972. He obtained a Diploma in Company Administration at the College of Technology, Calabar, in 1977, before proceeding to study law at the Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law, in 1982.

He attended the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Bar in July, 1983 with the famous Class of ’83. He was posted to Ilorin, Kwara State for his National Youth Service Scheme where he served in the Chambers of Oniyangi & Company, with Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN, as Head of Chambers. Upon completion of the National Service year, Uko and his brother Essien Essien Udom, SAN set up the firm of UDOM AND UDOM (Legal Practitioners) in November, 1984. He has since been in active and uninterrupted legal practice. Mr. Udom was admitted to the Inner Bar in 2013 to practice as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST

Trial attorney in Civil Litigation Commercial transaction lawyer Cross-Border aircraft leasing and financing Aviation litigation
Transactional issues in electricity value chain Oil and Gas transactions and Oil Spill litigation Commercial Arbitration

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Member of the Nigeria Bar Association
Member of the International Bar Association
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom Founding member, Aviation Education Resources and Information for African Lawyers (AERIAL)

PRO BONO PORTFOLIO

Mr. Udom offers extensive pro bono services to indigent members of his community and church in areas of general legal advice, small claims litigation, matrimonial causes, landlord and tenant, etc.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TO AKWA IBOM STATE

Represented all the Oil Producing Communities in Akwa Ibom State at the hearings of the Belgore Panel of Inquiry into Discontent in Oil Producing Communities in 1991. This led to the establishment of OMPADEC as a “Marshall” Plan for the development of the Niger Delta Region.

Worked under the leadership of His Excellency, Obong Victor Attah, in the preparation of the Memorandum of Akwa Ibom State to the National Constitutional Conference in 1994/95.

Worked as part of the legal team led by the Late Chief Ekong Bassey, SAN, defending Akwa Ibom State in the Federal Government ONSHORE/OFFSHORE DICHOTOMY Lawsuit at the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Worked as Resource Person to provide legal resources and research material to facilitate the work of the Late Chief Philip Effiong (Akangkang Ibiono) in the Committee to fashion out political solutions to the ONSHORE/OFFSHORE DICHOTOMY question.

Worked as Resource Person to provide legal resources and research material for the Delegates of the Niger Delta States during the National Conference of 2014.

Founding member and currently General Secretary of the Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos

FAMILY AND HOBBIES

Uko is married to Eme Udom and they have three children, Dara, Didi and Ani. His hobbies include listening to Jazz music, poetry and Christian literature. He is a keen golfer, an occasional tennis player and a life supporter of Arsenal Football Club and Akwa United Football Club.