Engr. Akaninyene Edet Ekong completed his primary school education at Nigerian Navy Primary School, IkotAnsa ,Calabar ,Cross River State, he had his secondary school education at Lutheran High School ObotIdim in IbesikpoAsutan L.G.A AkwaIbom State and Jubilee College ,Okokomaiko Lagos State.
He attended the University of Uyo where he obtained the Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Chemical Engineering.In a quest to further, develop himself he proceeded to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron to undertake some professional Maritime training courses and certifications.
He started his career with Tafdev Ltd as an Assistant Safety Officer; he has worked with Tomsey Engineering & Services International Limited as a HSE/Process Safety Engineer &OHS Trainer where he horned his skills in HAZOP, Safety Audits, Risk Assessments, Case Studies, Marine Safety, Fire Safety etc. He has worked with Joint Professional Training & Support International as a HSE Consultant, ExxonMobil Development Company (EMDC) as an Offshore Drilling Logistics /Materials Coordinator and with Prosafety Integrated Services as a HSE Consultant.He is currently a SHES Consultant with an IOC.
He has 14 International and regional safety certifications to his credit including the ISO 45001:2018, ISO 14001, ISO 9001 , Diploma, NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety (IGC). Chartered Institute of Environmental Health(Uk),certificates from Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), International Institute for Risk & Safety Managers (IIRSM) Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals (now ISPON), Joint Professionals Training & Support International JPTS National Registry of Environmental Professionals USA etc.
Engr Ekonghas an MSc in Occupational Health & Safety and is a Doctoral candidate (PhD in view) in Occupational Health and Safety at the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, University of Port Harcourt. He is a COREN Registered Engineer with experience in the Construction, Maritime and Oil/Gas industry. EngrEkong is the year 2018 recipient of the Safety Leadership Award by the Lagos State Safety Commission and AfriSAFE Professional of the year 2019 award nominee in recognition of his contributions to the development of the Nigerian Safety industry.
Engr Ekong is previously was a National Vice Chairman and Pioneer Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers, recorded as the second Chapter of NISafetyE in 2017. The NISafetyE Akwa Ibom State Chapter successfully hosted the National Workshop on Petroleum Tanker Safety and National Conference in 2018 with his leadership.
He is a strong advocate for the establishment of Safety Commissions in Nigeria and has led discussions/constantly engaged the political class on this in his home State. It is interesting to note that the bill for the establishment of the AkwaIbom State Safety Commission as proposed by Rt.Hon.Usoro Akpanusohwent through the second reading in the AkwaIbom State House of Assembl yin July 2019.
Engr Ekong is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISafetyE) and a Fellow of Institute of Professional Managers and Administrators of Nigeria (IPMA).
He is a member of the following professional bodies: The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE),The Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE) Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON)International Project Management Professionals (IPMP) and Onshore Offshore Oil and Gas Professionals (O3GP)