Ita Solomon Enang is the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs. He is a Nigerian lawyer and has held notable political roles, including the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate) between 2015 to 2019.
He is the only Nigerian politician who has served in all the three tiers of government (Executive, Legislative and Judiciary) and was elected into all the political houses, from local government to the senate.
Enang was born on August 23rd, 1962 and he hails from Ididep, Ibiono Ibom local government area, Akwa Ibom State. He is married to Dr. (Mrs.) Rosemary Ita Enang, and they have 4 children: (Mrs.) Imaobong Udom, Charles Ita Enang, (Miss) Rose Ita Enang, and Solomon Ita Enang.
|Name Of School||Qualification||Year|
|Nigerian Law School, Lagos State||BL (Bachelor of Laws)||1985|
|University of Calabar, Cross River State||LLB.||1980-1984|
|Presbyterian Teachers Training College, Ididep, Akwa Ibom State||Secondary School Leaving Certificate||1974-1979|
|P.C.N Primary School, Ididep, Ibiono Ibom, Akwa Ibom State||First School Leaving Certificate|
After his call to the bar in 1985, Enang began his private law practice by setting up his own law firm.
Ididep, Ibiono Ibom LGA, Akwa Ibom State.
August 23rd, 1962
Akwa Ibom State
All Progressives Congress
Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Niger Delta Affairs (2019-2022)
Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) (2015 - 2019)
Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing the Akwa
Ibom North-East Senatorial District (2011-2015)
House of Representative Member, Ibiono Ibom and Itu
Enang became a councillor in 1987, and a member of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly in 1992. He was then elected to the House of Representatives in 1999, to represent the Ibiono Ibom/Itu constituency of Akwa Ibom State. He served in this position for three terms (until May 2011). At the start of the third term, in December 2007, his election to continue representing the Ibiono Ibom/Itu constituency was nullified by an Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo. He was eventually re-elected on 20th January 2010. Enang was also appointed Chairman of the House Committee on Business and Rules.
In April 2011, he ran for the Senate seat of Uyo (North-East Senatorial District), Akwa Ibom, under the flagship of the People’s Democratic Party, and he emerged the winner. Furthermore, on 27th August 2015, Enang was appointed the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate) – a role that he completed on 29th May 2019. A few months following this, on 14th August 2019, he received a letter of appointment from the seat of the President, on his appointment as the SSA to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs. He resigned as Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs in 2022 to focus on his aspiration to contest the 2023 Akwa Ibom gubernatorial election.
Awards & Honours
- 2021 Senate Ambassador Award conferred by the Senate Press Corps (SPC)
- 2020 Award of Excellence as a Very Distinguished Nigerian conferred by Nigerian Image
- 2005: Awarded chieftaincy title of “Ifiok Ibibio” by Ifim Ibibio Supreme Council of Ibibio Traditional Rulers
- 2004: Awarded Chieftaincy title of “Mfa of Ini Local Government Area” by Ini Traditional Rulers Council
- 2003: Awarded Chieftaincy title of “Obom Ibiono Ibom” by the Ibiono Ibom Traditional Rulers Council
- 1992: Awarded Chieftaincy title of “Otuekong Ididep” by Ididep Clan of Ibiono Ibom
- Road construction in Ibiono LGA, Akwa Ibom
- Administration of the Calabar-Itu-Ikot Ekpene highway dualisation
- In 2004, Enang worked towards the abolition of the onshore/offshore dichotomy, ensuring that Akwa Ibom became the highest earner of oil revenue in the country. This abolition bill was signed into law by the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
- The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, nullified the election of Ita Enang over his non-compliance with the Electoral Act of 2006, in the conduct of the April 28th, 2007, House of Representatives elections in the state. The 5- man tribunal nullified the election while ruling on the application filed by Dr Henry Okon Archibong, the Alliance for Democracy (AD) candidate for the representative seat.
- According to reports, it is believed that President Muhammadu Buhari removed Enang as his aide on National Assembly matters because of his underperformance in managing the relationships between the President and the senators in the eight senates.