Who is John Upan Odey and why does he want to be Cross River State Governor?

John Upan Odey
Meet John Upan Odey, a Cross River State Governorship aspirant Banker and Microbiologist.  We have here his biography, leadership (leader shift) history and his mission in the race of the one number position in Cross River State. 

Birth and Parentage
John Upan Odey was born on December 7, 1977 into the family of Sir and Lady Upan Odey (Snr) of Bebuabong Village of Urban 1, Obudu LGA of Cross River state.
His Father was an astute and frontline educationist and community leader who always encouraged people to get a good education by giving scholarships to many Cross Riverians. Upan Odey jnr enjoyed a beautiful childhood under strict supervision of catholic parents. Moral values of Christian faith has guided and girded him through life.

Educational Background
He did his primary education in obudu, and attended the Federal Government College, Ikom Cross River state and obtained his West African School Certificate in distinctive colors in 1994.
Graduated from University of Uyo, with a degree in microbiology in theyear 2000.
He later obtained his masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2010 from University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara state.

Work Experience
He began his professional career as a corps member in the defunce Afribank in 2002-2003. He was retained as an executive assistant. He quickly rose to the position of pro-manager/ Relationship Manager in 2005.
From Afribank even during the banking layoffs experienced at that time in the Banking sector, he was sought after by many banks. He moved to take greater responsibilities in Eco-bank as head of Private Banking Uniy, between 2005-2007.
He left Eco-bank as a senior banking officer in 2008 to once again take up greater responsibilities as Customer relationship manager at Standard chatered bank. He rose to manager Employee Banking (Abuja and North), a very sensitive position with great responsibility. In this revered position. he encouraged many young Cross riverians to take up banking and asset management, and made sure employment opportunities were open to thousands of Cross-Riverians. He employed many between 2011 and 2013.
Again he was promoted and became Team Lead, Business Clients Aquisition 2013-2016.
He once again took up more responsibilities as Group Head, Retail Banking at one of Nigerias Biggest and oldest banks, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, from 2016 to December 2017.
He is the Founder and CEO of Green Prism Investment Ltd.

Founder Leadershift movement, a political platform that encourages youth participation in politics, and the promotion of good governance in Nigeria.

Professional Membership
Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) - Proficiency Certificate in Management. Member Chatered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
Political life
H.E as fondly called by friends and admirers, launched himself into political lime light in 2011 when he resigned from the bank briefly to seek to represent Obudu/Obanlikwu/Bekwarra federal constituency in the Federal House of Representatives under the progressive platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). An election marred by gross electoral malpractices. He won the admiration of all, including his opponents, due to the display of his calm, wisdom and exceptional leadership qualities.

From then, while building his professional profile and gaining multple promotions and experience, he has been a strong supporter of the Progressives, a Foundation member of APC, and a Leader.
In 2017, He resigned from a very distinctive and high paying position as Group Head Retail Banking to present himself for service to his people as Govenor, Cross River State.

Family Life
He is a dedicated family man and a doting father of three.

His Vision

A new Cross River State where socio-economic challanges are Non-existent; quality of life, healthcare, employment, youth and women empowerment will take their deserving predominant space.

His Mission
To revive and transform Cross River State into the number 1 investment destination in Africa by harnessing our potentials and utilizing our comparative advantage of hospitality, rich natural (soil, climate, weather, and environment), and human resources. John upan odeys blueprint for a new CRS will be made available soon.


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