Meet Our Panelist: Rt. Hon. (Barr) Onofiok Luke

Meet Our Panelist: Rt. Hon. (Barr) Onofiok Luke

Rt. Hon. (Barr) Onofiok Luke, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, was born on March 16, 1978. He is a foremost youth leader, and a s

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Rt. Hon. (Barr) Onofiok Luke, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, was born on March 16, 1978. He is a foremost youth leader, and a social equality advocate. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Uyo and is a graduate from the Nigerian Law School. He also underwent studies at Harvard Business School, Executive Education programme. After his call to bar in 2010, he served a brief stint as a legal practitioner at the Shepherd & Fortress Law firm, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

He was in 2003 a legislative assistant after which he served as Personal Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom state on Protocol Matters between 2007 and 2011. He was later elected the pioneer Speaker of the Nigeria Youth Parliament, a national leadership and mentoring platform coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Youths and the National Assembly. In his capacity as Speaker of the youth parliament, he led a team of Nigerian youths to initiate the call for the adoption and execution of the National Youth Employment Action Plan (NAYEAP).

Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke has represented Nigeria at several youth development fora locally and at international level. He represented Nigeria at the World Youth Conference in Mexico, 2010. In 2014, he was one of the African youths selected across the continent to come up with a draft resolution towards ending violence on the continent by the year 2020. He also served in the Nigeria Vision 20:2020 Special Interest on Youth Development.

He was in 2011 elected to the Akwa Ibom state legislature to represent Nsit Ubium State Constituency. As a two-term member of the House of Assembly, he has served variously as Chairman of the assembly’s committee on Appropriation and Finance, committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights, and Public Petitions, committee on Education, among others.

As Chairman, Finance and Appropriations Committee of the assembly, he led deliberations on state budget proposals, oversaw the activities of the state’s ministry of finance, probed the fiscal conduct of government, and led the review of the conduct of the State Budget Office for three years. He also spearheaded the introduction of participatory budgeting in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly in 2012, an effort to ensure a more transparent and people-centred budgeting process in the state. As Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources committee of the House, Rt. Hon. Luke worked with farmers in Akwa Ibom to initiate laws to give legal backing to sustainable initiatives on farm produce preservation and storage. In the education committee, he interfaced with stakeholders in the education system to work out modalities towards the improvements of the Akwa Ibom state free and compulsory education policy.

Since 2011 Honourable Luke has been consolidating on his leadership interests which are chiefly in education and economic empowerment of women and youths for sustainable development. Two potent youths and women empowerment schemes are run as part of his constituency development projects. They are the Constituency Transport Scheme (CTS) and the Seed Capital for Business Start-up (SCBS). The schemes have in the last four years economically empowered hundreds of households across Nsit Ubium state constituency. He is also the founder of The Onofiok Luke Legislative Internship Programme (TOLLIP), Nigeria’s only stipendiary internship programme designed to train youths on legislative basics, entrepreneurship, community development and volunteerism, as well as conflict resolution.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and a 2010 Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI). He is passionate about Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), youth development for sustainable growth as well as rights advocacy.

He is married to Uduak Luke, PhD, and the union is blessed with three beautiful children.