Ezenwo Nyesom Wike (CON) is a Nigerian politician, lawyer and the current Governor of Rivers State.
Ezenwo Nyesom Wike is a holder of several traditional chieftaincy titles. He is happily married to Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, a High Court Judge with the Rivers State Judiciary, and blessed with three lovely children; Jordan, Joaquin, and Jazmyne.
He graduated from Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
He practiced briefly as a Private Legal Practitioner
Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike
24 August 1967
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Executive Chairman of Obio /Akpor Local Government Area (1999 to 2002 and 2004 to 2007)
Deputy President, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON (2004)
Minister of State for Education (2011)
Acting Minister of Education
Governor Of Rivers State (2015 – Present )
He believes proper Education can make Nigeria great again. His style of Leadership tends towards a liberal approach to development and progress of the followers.
Awards & Honours
Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON)
Major Projects: As Minister of Education Wike made remarkable impact in the basic education sub-sector, spear-heading a nationwide reform of the nation’s education system.
The fundamental programmes that were driven by the former Minister of State for Education include the creation of access to quality education for 9 million Almajiri children in Northern Nigeria through the construction of dedicated schools in affected states, construction of basic education vocational training schools for out-of-school children in Southern Nigeria and Special Girl-Education Schools for less privileged girls in 16 states of the country.
The former Minister of State for Education also championed the free distribution of books across the nation. Over 60 Million of textbooks and library resource materials have been distributed since 2011.
Determined to ensure that teachers have the capacity to deliver on the Transformation Agenda of the Jonathan administration, the former Minister initiated the training of close to 500,000 basic education teachers and school administrators
- The discrepancy in the accredited votes in the Rivers Elections for Wike:
The Election Tribunal was informed that the Independent National Electoral Commission in Rivers awarded Mr. Wike votes almost five times higher than the actual, authentic total number of voters accredited with card readers and Permanent Voter Cards which was 292, 878, which was the total number of accredited voters for the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial election in Rivers. The result as declared by the Returning Officer for Rivers State Mr. Osasere Orumwense on April 13, 2015, stated that Mr. Wike was awarded 1,029,102 votes, thus winning the election.