Executive Chairman, NSIWC

Ekpo Nta, Esq

Born on 12th October 1952, Ekpo Una Owo Nta is a Lawyer, Political Scientist and an Administrator. He holds the following qualifications: B.Sc. Political Science (1977) and M.Sc. Political Science (1980) both from the University of Ibadan; LL.B (1987) from the University of Calabar; and BL (1988) from the Nigerian Law School. He was enrolled as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1988.

He has over thirty years of rich and varied State and Federal Civil/Public services experience spanning Public Relations, Personnel Management, Consular Matters, Legal/Arbitration Affairs, Public International Procurement, University administration and Law Enforcement. He was of the pioneer Directors of the Oil Mineral Development (OMPADEC) which metamorphosed into present Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The Commission was charged with the responsibility of developing the oil-rich but environmentally-devastated region. He retired officially as Director (Human Resources and Administration) in 2010.

Mr. Nta has acted as Consultant to local and international bodies in respect of Community and Youth Development Programmes. In 2001 established the Loyola Nursery/Primary School, Uyo to provide high quality early childhood educational services especially for children from under-privileged socio-economic backgrounds. Due to his passion and commitment to the field of education he was elected and once served as the National Deputy President of the National Association of Private Schools (NAPPS) in Nigeria from 2008-2011.

On November 29, 2011 he was appointed Board Member/Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. On September 28, 2012 he was nominated as Chairman by the President and confirmed by the Senate as the substantive Chairman of ICPC for a 5-year term.

Although ICPC is charged with the responsibility of investigation and prosecution of corruption offences his main focus was the institutionalisation of corruption-prevention processes through system studies and review, public enlightenment, education and mass mobilisation against corruption as provided in the ICPC Act 2000. A lot of attention was paid towards professionalising ICPC and galvanising public sector agencies to provide sustainable IT-based anti-corruption solutions in line with international best practices. He nurtured the Anti-corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), the training arm of ICPC, into a world class IT-based academy to provide cutting edge research for anti-corruption initiatives towards improving institutional capacity for the public and private sector. He was a member of the Association of Heads of Anti-corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa.

Mr. Nta is a Member/Fellow of several professional bodies and has headed or participated in several international delegations on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria in relation to anti-corruption.
He also sits on two international Boards dealing with corruption issues:

  1. Founding Member of the Advisory Board, National Anti-Corruption Institutions of West Africa Academy (NACIWA).
  2. Member, Board of Governors, International Anti-corruption Academy (IACA), Austria. IACA is an affiliate body of the United Nations charged with the responsibility of promoting and providing the highest certified levels of academic research and practical training in the field of anti-corruption in the world. He is the first Nigerian and African to be elected into the BoG and represents Africa Region for a six-year term (2016-2022).

On concluding his tenure at ICPC the current Federal Government further appointed him as Full-time Commissioner at the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission for initial five-year term from 2017.

His hobbies include cinematography, reading and computer applications. He is married to Prof. Eno Grace Nta of the University of Calabar and they have five children and two grandchildren.

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