Ezenwo Nyesom Wike is a Nigerian lawyer, politician from Rumuepirikom in Obio Akpor, Rivers State, Nigeria, and former Minister of Education. He also won the Rivers State governorship ticket of the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) in 2014.
Nyesom Wike was born on 24 August 1967. From 1999 to 2007, Wike was the Executive Chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government in Rivers State, an office he used to redefine and exhibit his special brand of governance.
From 2003 to 2006, Wike was the National President of All Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), the umbrella forum through which all the 774 Local Government Council Chairmen in Nigeria interface and interact on issues affecting the Politics and policies of Nigeria.
In May 2013, Wike donated his salary for six months (about 11.7 million naira) to a non-profit organization, Tompolo Foundation.
On 8 December 2014, Nyesom Wike won the Rivers state governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party.
An outstanding administrator, lawyer, leader and politician, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike was born to the family of Reverend and Mrs. Nlemanya Wike of Rumuepirikom community, Rivers State.
Chief (Barrister) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike holds degrees in Political and Administrative Studies as well as Law. After a brief stint with private legal practice, Chief E.N. Wike was elected twice as the Executive Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. He served his two terms in office from 1999 to 2002 and 2004 to 2007. While in office, Chief E.N. Wike also served as Deputy President, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, in 2004 and was later elected the President of ALGON. He also represented Africa as a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Local Governments Forum.
Barrister Wike distinguished himself as the best performing local government council chairman in Rivers State. As council chairman, he embarked on iconic projects that re-defined council administration and set the right example for his colleagues. As ALGON National President, Barrister Wike played a pioneering role in national security and primary healthcare, leading all local councils to commit themselves to high level grassroots development across the country.
Between October 26, 2007 and May 28th 2011, Chief N.E. Wike served as the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt and was appointed the Director-General of Governor Amaechi’s re-election Campaign Organization. On the 14th of July, 2011, Chief E, N Wike was subsequently appointed and sworn-in as the Honourble Minister of State for Education.
Following a cabinet shake-up, Chief (Barr.) Wike emerged the nation’s Supervising Minister of Education on September 12, 2013.
As the Minister of State for Education, Chief (Barr) E. N. 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 9million 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.