Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet

Commissioner of Education

Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet is the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Education, Akwa Ibom State. Mrs. Idongesit is an erudite Teacher, seasoned Administrator and altruistic leader, who has spent over two decades of her sojourn on planet earth, practising careers that give joy to her heart and soul.


Idongesit is of noble parentage. Initially from Ikot Udo in Uruan Local Government Area by birth but now from Ikot Ekpuk in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State by virtue of her marriage.


The young and beautiful Idongesit Etiebet was introduced to education at a very tender age by her noble parents who were both distinguished teachers. She had her primary education at Primary School, Ete, in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area and her Secondary Education at Nsit Peoples Grammar School in Afaha Offiong, Nsit Ibom LGA.

In her quest for learning and teaching, Mrs. Idongesit Iboro Etiebet proceeded to the University of Calabar for her Bachelor of Arts(Honours) in Education/English.

Her insatiable penchant for more knowledge and interest in academic research propelled Mrs Etiebet to move to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology where she bagged a Master of Business Administration in Banking and Finance.

Taking cognizance of the truism that an educated mind is one of the most valuable resources to have in life, Idongesit Etiebet enrolled in several strategic Public Relations, Management and Leadership courses within and outside the country.

Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet qualified from:


Mrs. Etiebet served her Country in the NYSC Scheme at Shell Petroleum in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. After her service year, Shell Petroleum retained her as a contract staff; from shell she moved to West African Glass Company still in Port Harcourt.

Because of her innumerable success stories, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet moved from West African Glass to start 20 years robust banking experience which began at the FBN (Merchant Bankers) Ltd as Assistant Banking Officer in charge of Credit and Marketing (1993-1997).

She subsequently joined the employ of the prestigious Zenith Bank Plc and rose to the rank of Deputy General Manager/ Group Zonal Head.

As the Deputy General Manager/ Group Zonal Head, Group Idongesit was the zonal head of Victoria Island Zone comprising of 10 branches from 2007 – 2010. Her position made her a member of the Bank’s Management Committee. She was responsible for overseeing, effectively managing and coordinating the 10 branches under the zone. It was her responsibility to grow the profitability of the zone in line with the Bank’s Core target including the translation of the vision and mission of the Bank to staff in the zone for profitable implementation.

Indeed, the achievements of Mrs. Etiebet are legion. She occupied other management and operational positions and delivered on them effectively. Some of the positions include:

  •  Branch Manager, Zenith Bank, Ikoyi, with the task of ensuring profitability and sustainable relationship management of the branch.
  •  Zenith Bank Plc, Oba Akran Branch – 1999
  •  Relationship Manager – Saddled with numerous responsibilities and more specifically, the overall management of the branch, liability generation and establishing new relationship with existing high profile customers and prospective customers and prospective customers.
  • In 1998 as Assistant Manager, Etiebet was saddled with the responsibility of relationship management at the Corporate Banking Department, Head Office Zenith Bank Plc.
  • She was Head of unit four of the Corporate Banking Department; supervising and approval of subordinate functions; she managed some blue chip customers domiciled in Head office, contributed immensely to the growth of the department’s profitability, sourced for deposits from customers, booked high volume Risked Assets for some large corporate customers, and made credit presentations in some of Bank’s Credit Committee meetings
  • In 1997, Mrs. Etiebet worked in the Oil & Gas Department of Zenith Bank Plc as Relationship Manager/AM, responsible for marketing of Oil & Gas corporate customers, preparing credit proposals for customers in both the Upstream and downstream oil sector; sourcing for deposits from oil and gas customers, booking high volume Risked Assets for some large corporate customers in the oil and packaging bonds and guarantees for some of the customers in the department both in exploration, drilling and marketing.
  •  Between 1997 and 1998, she also doubled as Relationship Service Manager at Zenith Bank Plc, Ikoyi Branch, with the responsibility of managing the overall customer relationship and care (involving management of customers both individual and corporate customers).
  •  Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet was the Chief Executive of SIIE Integrated Services, a highly reputable Oil and Gas Company before she was requested to bring her wealth of experience to help grow and develop her State; Akwa Ibom.

Mrs. Etiebet currently serves as the Commissioner for Education, Akwa Ibom State. She was appointed to that position in 2021 by the immediate-past Governor of Akwa Ibom State; His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel. She served as a Member of the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council till May 29, 2023 before her reappointment as Commissioner for Education by the present Governor; His Excellency, Pastor Umo Bassey Eno.


As the Honourable Commissioner for Education, she performed her duties diligently, recorded great feats while performing the following functions:

However, before Etiebet’s appointment as Honourable Commissioner for Education, she was the Senior Special Assistant on Education Monitoring to the immediate past Governor; His Excellency Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel from 2015-2021.

Her responsibilities included: presenting weekly report to the Governor on attitude of teachers towards pupils/students, checking of Teachers Lesson Notes and ensures they teach efficaciously, while Heads of Schools must live up to their responsibilities.

Etiebet was to monitor the morning devotion sessions in all schools and ensure each school begins the day in the best way with Jesus Christ.

It was also her responsibility to ensure teachers arrive the School compound in time and stay to the end devoid of turning the Staff room to a market place. Etiebet also had the task of checking teachers absenteeism and students loitering. Without any equivocation, she successfully discharged her responsibilities and made gargantuan achievements that culminated to her elevation to the commissioner status.


As the legendary Gopi Sundar said, “the greatest award is the appreciation of the people,” Mrs Etiebet in the course of her career and journey in politics was variously awarded and honoured with:

  • MD/CEO’s AWARD: Outstanding Leaders Award Bank-wide Zenith Bank Plc  
  • MD/CEO’s AWARD: The Most Effective Manager Lagos Area- Zenith Bank Plc.
  • MD/CEO’s AWARD: Best Team Player – Zenith Bank Plc.
  • MD/CEO’s AWARD: Best Staff in Income generation capacity Lagos Area-Zenith Bank Plc.
  • MD/CEO’s AWARD: Fastest Growing Branch Ikoyi Branch- Zenith Bank Plc.
  • MD/CEO’s AWARD: Award for Best New Branch on Income, Growth, operations, and Profitability for five years consecutively-Zenith Bank Plc.
  • MD/CEO’s AWARD: Error free Operation Ikoyi Branch for Three years consecutively-Zenith Bank.
  • MD/CEO’s AWARD: Best Customer Services Branch Ikoyi- Zenith Bank Plc.
  • END OF YEAR AWARD: Most Efficient Treasury Officer-FBN(MB) Limited
  • END OF YEAR AWARD: Staff with Highest Liabilities/Deposit Generation -FBN(MB) Limited


  • END OF YEAR AWARD: Best Dressed Officer-FBN (MB) Limited
  • END OF YEAR AWARD: The best Account Relationship Manager-CMB building and Maintenance/Inv Ltd.
  • OBONGANWAN UFORO MOSONGO: Ibonda Uruan. Mosongo Ibonda Traditional Rulers Council of Uruan.
  • OBONGANWAN IFIOK ANNANG: Afe Nkuku Annang. The Supreme Traditional Institution of Annang Nationality.
  • IBOM PRIDE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD – Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria, USA, INC.., (AKISAN).
  • National Association of Uruan Students (NAUS), Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic Chapter – Award of Honour
  • Qua Iboe Church, Ikpe Akpa Ewu – Award of Excellence
  • INEN Clan Council of Chiefs, Oruk Anam Local Government Area – Award of Excellence.
  • Presbyterian Church of Nigeria – Award of Excellence.


  • Akparawa Clan Council of Chiefs – Award of Excellence on Educational Policy Enforcement.
  • Federation of Oruk Anam Student World Wide Award– Award of Excellence.
  • Niger Delta Achievers Award: Platinum Honours, Doris Model to the Female Child.
  • Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Oruk Anam Council Award –Merit Award.
  • Cornelia Connelly College – Selfless Service Award.

Professional Bodies, Political and Socio-Cultural Groups

  • FELLOW: Chartered Institute of Finance & Control of Nigeria (CIFCN)
  • FELLOW: Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. (CIBN)
  • FELLOW: Chartered Institute of Economics.
  • MEMBER: Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered)
  • MEMBER: Teacher’s Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).


  • Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) WARD LEADER, Ikot Ibritam Ward 1, Oruk Anam
  • FOUNDER, Divine Ibom Movement (DIV)
  • MEMBER, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio (MMI)
  • MEMBER, Ati Annang
  • WOMEN LEADER, Mandate Preservation Group (MPG)
  • FOUNDER, Peace Movement Women Political Group
  • WOMEN LEADER, Maintain Peace Movement, Oruk Anam LGA
  • COUNCIL MEMBER- The Connect Initiative.

In view of the above, it is worth noting that, Mrs. Idongesit Iboro Etiebet is a teacher of teachers and others who come her way, no wonder she holds the title of “OBONGANWAN IFIOK ANNANG” awarded her by Afe Nkuku Annang (The Supreme Traditional Institution of Annang Nation), in recognition of selfless services to the society.

Obonganwan Etiebet enjoys Teaching, reading, travelling, watching inspirational movies and she believes strongly in giving her best to every endeavour that comes her way.

The God fearing and virtuous Idongesit is married to an intelligent young professional; Engr. Iboro Etiebet and they are blessed with three (3) brilliant children.