Effiong Dickson Bob

Effiong Dickson Bob
Senator for Akwa Ibom North East
In office
29 May 2003 – May 2011
Preceded by John James Akpan Udo-Edehe
Succeeded by Ita Enang
Personal details
Born (1959-10-01) 1 October 1959 (age 54)
Nsit Ubium LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Effiong Dickson Bob (born 1 October 1959) was elected Senator for the Akwa Ibom North East constituency of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2003, and was reelected in 2007. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[1]

Birth and early career

Bob was born in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area in the Etinan Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom state on 1 October 1959.[2] He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Law from the University of Lagos, and became a Barrister At Law.[1] He was Councillor for Works And Transport in the Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, and then was elected to the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (1992) and was appointed Deputy Speaker. During the Sani Abacha regime he was Chairman of the Nsit Ubium LGA (1995). Bob was appointed Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Akwa Ibom State (1999–2002).[3]

Senate career

Bob was elected Senator for the Akwa Ibom North East constituency in April 2003 on the PDP platform, and was reelected in April 2007.[1] His 2007 election was disputed by Chief Albert Akpan, who claimed to have won the PDP primaries with over 60% of the vote, and whose name was shown as candidate on the list submitted by the PDP to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), but had been changed to Bob's name by the INEC.[2] After appeals and counter-appeals, in May 2010 the Supreme Court upheld the ruling of an Appeal Court and declared Senator Effiong Dickson Bob the winner.[4]

After taking his seat in the Senate in June 2007 Bob was appointed to committees on Senate Services, Privatization, Foreign Affairs, Establishment & Public Service and Education.[1] In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, the national daily paper, ThisDay noted that he had sponsored bills on amendment to the Energy Commission Act, Public Officers (Review of Cases) Panel, Fire Service (Inspection on Building), an Act to Prohibit Trading in Federal Highways in Nigeria and an Act to Prohibit Touting in Public Places.[5]


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