Edward Eta Ogon is the son of late Chief Michael Eta Ogon from Nsadop village in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State. He is married and blessed with children.
He started his early education at:
Hawkins Primary School, Calabar,
Olufunmilayo Nursery and Primary School, Ikeja, Lagos.
He continued to Maryknoll College Okuku, Ogoja
Edward then traveled overseas where he attended
Ratcliffe College, Syston, Leicester, UK.
The University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom was where he obtained a degree in law.
He attended the Nigeria Law School and was Called to the Bar in 1987.
He has 34 years post call experience as a legal practitioner
His hobbies include:
· Listening to music
EDWARD ETA OGON: THE PERSON
He is by nature, a simple and accessible person. He interacts with all in his constituency and beyond, from the young, the old, the educated, the unschooled, the rich and the poor.
“I cannot claim that I have been able to satisfy everyone or solve every problem in my Constituency,” he says. “But I can honestly state that within the resources that God has entrusted to me, I have done my very best and made my modest contributions to the betterment of members of my constituency that I have been privileged to serve.”
In 2003, he was elected to the House of Representatives, representing Ikom/Boki Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, where he served in the following committees:
Capital Market and Institutions;
Rules & Business.
He was Deputy Chairman, Capital Market & Institutions and
Subcommittee Chairman of Airlines in Aviation
and Community Health in the Health Committee.
As Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on capital market, he midwifed the amendment of the Securities and Exchange Act and was a member of the Committee on Rules and Business that drafted the various State of Emergency Acts under the Obasanjo Presidency.
He co-sponsored several legislations notably the Freedom of Information Bill intended to provide open and accountable governance.
During his four year stint in the House of Representatives, he was able to attract projects to the four state constituencies in his Federal Constituency including the electrification of: Nta Nselle, Nkim and Balep / Opu / Bendeghe Afi in Ikom and Kakwagom / Bawop, Abo and Beebo Bumaji in Boki; Federal Primary Healthcare Centres at Nsadop & Irruan in Boki; Borehole / Water Tank at Nsadop Boki, among others. The total monetary value of the projects as at 2006 was 1.6 Billion Naira.
In terms of human development and employment, he arranged and facilitated job placements for over 50 Cross Riverians notably in the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Nigerian Communications Commission, Police, Immigration and the Armed Forces.
In spite of these laudable achievements, his bid to return to the House of Representatives in 2007, was unsuccessful. However, His Excellency, Senator Liyel Imoke called on him to serve his people in another capacity when he appointed him into the Cross River State Executive Council where he served as:
Commissioner for Works;
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice; Commissioner for Environment; and
Special Adviser, Mortgage Finance and Estate Development.
In the Ministry of Works, he facilitated the construction of various roads in Ikom, Boki and the entire State, secured funding from the African Development Bank (ADB) for the implementation of the RAMP program under which over 490kms of rural roads in various communities in Cross River State were constructed.
In the Ministry of Justice, he was instrumental in the upgrading of the law library, he facilitated an increment in the funding of Ministry of Justice and the release of car grants for the State Law Officers in order to ensure that the State receives adequate and purposeful legal representation. He also setup the Law Reform Commission and the Monthly Law Reports which have enhanced the review of our laws and legal practice in Cross River State, respectively.
In the Ministry of Environment, he was instrumental to the increment of the State’s fleet of waste disposal vehicles and the implementation of NEWMAP projects, which not only provided employment for some Cross Riverians but provided funding from the World Bank for the execution of various anti- erosion works within the State.
In the Department of Mortgage Finance and Estate Development, he completed 420 Housing Units for Cross River State Civil Servants, commenced 250 additional units which are still ongoing. He also facilitated the preparation of a Housing Policy for the State which is expected to facilitate the provision of affordable Housing of our citizenry.
The man Edward Eta Ogon is the man of the people, a people centered leader.
Hon Ogon is the progenitor of the _The_ _Time_ _Is_ _Now_ a pro poor and pro people political organization.
Following his then novel and far spread empowerment schemes while in the House of Reps, he has been described and adjudged as the Best Performing Member of the National Assembly from Cross River State during his one term tenure.
THE TIME IS NOW!
*A socio-political organisation*