Ministerial Screening: Senator John Enoh | Nominee with legislative background

Olamilekan Quadri AlimiAugust 1, 20233 min

As the Senate screens Senator John Owan Enoh; one of President Tinubu’s twenty-eight (28) Ministerial nominees with a legislative background. We present a profile of the former State and Federal lawmaker from Cross River State



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Having spent over twenty years in the legislative arm of government, fifty-seven-year-old John Owan Enoh is one of ten nominees (with a legislative background) sent by President Bola Tinubu for screening and possible confirmation by the National Assembly.

According to Section 147 (2), any appointment to the office of Minister of the Government of the Federation shall, if the nomination of any person to such office is confirmed by the Senate, be made by the President.

A former Member of the Cross River State House of Assembly and the National Assembly; serving in both the House of Representatives and Senate respectively; Senator Enoh has been presented with the opportunity to make a switch to the executive arm of government.

Find out more on the academic-turned-politician in this special feature on President Tinubu’s twenty-eight (28) Ministerial Nominees with legislative background.


Born: 4th June, 1966


1. First School Leaving Certificate (1972 – 1978)
    St. Gregory Primary School, Agbokim Waterfalls, Cross River

2.  Secondary School Certificate (1978-1983)
      St. Augustine Junior Seminary, Abakaliki, Ebonyi

3.  Bachelor of Science, Sociology (1984 – 1988)
      University of Calabar, Cross River State

4.  Master of Science, Demography
      University of Calabar, Cross River State

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Legislative Experience

1.  Member, Etung State Constituency (1998)
     Cross River State House of Assembly
     Grassroots Democratic Movement (GDM)

2.  Member, Cross River State House of Assembly (1999 – 2003)
    4th Assembly
All Peoples Party (APP)

3.  Minority Leader, Cross River State House of Assembly (1999 – 2003)
4th Assembly 

4.  Chairman, House Committee on Information (1999 – 2003)
      Cross River State House Of Assembly

5.   Member, Etung/Obubra Federal Constituency, House of Representatives (2003 – 2015)
     5th, 6th and 7th National Assembly

6.  Chairman, House Committee on Finance (2007 – 2011)
      Sixth National Assembly

7.  Chairman, House Committee Appropriation  (2011 – 2015)
     Sixth National Assembly

9.   Senator, Cross River Central Senatorial District (2015 – 2019)
      Eighth National Assembly
Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)
All Progressives Congress (APC)

10.  Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance (2015 – 2019)
       Eighth National Assembly


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1.  Assistant to the Director-General, Government Administration
     Governor’s Office, Abeokuta, Ogun State
(National Youth Service Corps Member)



1.   Governorship Candidate (2019)
  All Progressives Congress (APC)

2.   Governorship Aspirant (2023)
  All Progressives Congress (APC)



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