Area of Specialization

Money and Banking | Economic Development | Monetary Economics



Professor Chris Ekong is a renowned economist who lectures at Department of Economics in Faculty of Social Science, University of Uyo. He holds both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Economics and several certificate in professional and specialized areas. His economic prowess has made him preferred for responsibilities within and outside the University where he is presently the Dean, Faculty of Social Science and had been Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Economic Development and Chief Economic Adviser, Akwa Ibom State respectively.

His exceptional performance, whenever he's given opportunity has fetched him distinctions and awards such as Award for Excellence by the Radio, Television and Theatre Workers Union of Nigeria, AKBC Radio Chapter, Excellent Service Award by Rotaract Club, University of Uyo, Annex Campus etc.

Despite the magnitude of responsibilites, his craving for research has brought illumination to many through Conference Papers, Journal Articles, Books Chapters and Books. Majority are open access in this knowledge.

He's happily married and blessed with beautiful children. There's still more to know about this great scholar as you peruse the content of his personal knowledgebase.

“Economics, politics, and personalities are often inseparable.” -Charles Edison

Membership of Professional Bodies

Professor Chris Ekong holds membership in several professional boides within and outide Nigeria. Some of them include:

Nigeria Economic Society
Nigeria Participatory Appraisal Network (NIPRANET)
Real Estates Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN)
Institute of Chattered Mediators and Conciliators
International Society for Development and Sustainability (ISDS), Fukuoka, Japan.

Academic and Professional Background

B.Sc. (Hon)


University of Cross River State, Uyo.


University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.


University of Uyo, Uyo. Nigeria.
Certificate in Leadership Skills

Hetta International Development Centre

New York, USA – 2004
Certificate in Policy, Strategy and Leadership

National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS)

Certificate of completion

On Introduction to Construction Management and Scheduling Course

October 2012
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), USA.
Certificate of Completion

On Leading Economic Growth program

February 2013
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education.
Certificate of Completion

Membership of ICMC

Certificate of Completion

Training of Trainers (ICMC)



34 Years Experience!

Professor Chris Ekong is highly experienced with matters of the University and the Government. Below are some them:

Statutory Work Experiences
1988 - Date
(i) 1988 – 1989: Information Officer, NYSC Secretariat, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
(ii) 1990 – 1991: Graduate Assistant, Department of Economics, Univ. of Portharcourt
(iii) 1992 – Date – Department of Economics, University of Uyo, Uyo.
(iv) 2012 – 2014 – Head, Department of Economics, University of Uyo, Uyo.
(v) 2013 – Date – Coordinator, University of Uyo BSc. Economics E-Learning Program
(vi) 2013 – 2015 – Vice-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Uyo, Uyo.
(vii) 2013 – Date – Chairman, Research Committee, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Uyo, Uyo.
(viii) 2014 – Date – Chairman, Research/Seminar Committee, Department of Economics, University of Uyo, Uyo
(ix) 2018 – 2021 – Director, International Programs, University of Uyo, Uyo
(x) 2021 – 2023 – Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Uyo, Uyo.
Work Experience in the University
Undergraduate Courses Taught:
Principles of Economics (1992 – Date)
Microeconomic Theory (1992 – Date)
Macroeconomic Theory (1992 – Date)
Monetary Economics (1992 -Date)
Labour Economics (1994 – 2018)
Undergraduate Econometrics (1994 – 2002) and (2014 – Date)
Operational Research (1992 – 2002)
Money & Banking (1992 – Date)
History of Economic Thought (1992 – Date)
Economic Development (2012 - Date)
Applied Monetary Economics (2007 – 2009) and (2014 to Date)

Postgraduate Courses
Urban and Regional Economics (2011 – Date)
Monetary Economics (2012 - Date)
Environmental Economics (Postgraduate: 2012 - Date)
Urban and Regional Planning (Postgraduate: 2012 – Date)
Advanced Microeconomics (Postgraduate: 2014 – Date)
Economic Development (2016 – Date)

Theses Supervised
M.Sc. Theses
1. Ugwu, Kenneth Onye (2012) – An Evaluation of the Feasibilty of a Common Currency in West Africa: A Multivariate Structural VAR Approach
2. Okalibe, Olive Obianuju (2014) – Exchange Rate Variation and Balance of Payments: The Nigerian Experience
3. Chiemeka Kingsley Awurigwe (2014) – The Economic Impact of Privitization and Commercialization of Public Enterprises in Nigeria (A Case Study of Benue Cement Company PLC)
4. Ekpo, Godwin Mfon (2015) – Financial Sector Reforms and the Performance of Macroeconomic Variables in Nigeria.
5. Akpan, Mary (2016) – The Manufacturing Sector and Economic Growth in Nigeria (1981 – 2014)
6. Ernest, Asuquo Collins (2018) – Non-Oil Export and Economic Growth in Nigeria (1970-2016): An Empirical Examination
7. Iriabije, Alex O. (2019) – Globalization and the Nigerian Economy: An Examination of Selected Macroeconomic Variables.
8. Effiong, Ubong Edem (2021) – Global Trends in Financial Sector-Led Industrialization: How Did Nigeria Fare?
Ph.D. Theses
1. Iwatt, Effiwatt Bassey (2015) – Supervisor 2 – Microfinance and Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria (A case study of Akwa Ibom State).
2. Ugwu, Onye Kenneth (2016) – Monetary Policy and Stock Market Behaviour in Nigeria: An Empirical Analysis.
3. Orebiyi, Paul Atanda (2016) – Socio-economic Impact of Oil Production on selected Niger Delta Communities.
4. Unyime, Alphonsus Okon (2016) – Assessing the Impact of Public and Private Sector Credits on Economic Growth in Nigeria, 1970 – 2014.
5. Akpan, Effiong Pius (2018) – Government Expenditure Size and Economic Growth in Nigeria (1970-2017): A Threshold Analysis
6. Akwa Okokon Okon (2019) – Financial Sector Development and Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from Nigeria (1981-2018)
7. Ogbe, Emmanuel Ekene (2019) – Electricity Generation, Transmission and Distribution in Nigeria: An Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) Analysis
8. Akpan, James Essien (2019) – Exchange Rate Volatility and Economic Growth in Nigeria: An Impact Analysis (1970-2017)
9. Ekong, Uduak Michael (2021) – Monetary Policy, Industrial Performance and Growth in Emerging Economies: Evidence from Nigeria.
10. Effiong, Ekpeno Linus (2019) – Financial Development, Economic Growth, and Energy Consumption Nexus in Africa Emerging and Frontier Market Economies
Other Responsibilities
(i) Coordinator, BSc (Econs) E-Learning Program, University of Uyo, Uyo (2013 – Date).
(ii) Ag. Head, Department of Economics, University of Uyo, Uyo (2013 – 2015).
(iii) Vice-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Uyo, Uyo (2014 – 2016).
(iv) Director, International Programs, University of Uyo, Uyo (2018 – Date).
(v) Member, Project Delivery Team (PDT) of the 12,000 Bed Capacity Hostel – A PPP Project of the University supervised by the ICRC (2021).
(vi) Member, Robust Internet Provision Team for University of Uyo (2021).
Committee/Community Services
Within the University
(a) Chairman, Faculty of Social Science Sports Committee: 1994 – 1996
(b) Departmental Examination Officer: 1996 – 1997
(c) Uniuyo Consult: Socio-Economic Consultant in an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Study for Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) – Egbolom Project: 1999
(d) Member, Faculty of Social Science International Conference Committee
(e) Chairman, Seminar Committee, Department of Economics University of Uyo, Uyo (2012)
(f) Member, Conference Committee, Faculty of Social Science, University of Uyo, Uyo. (2019)
(g) Member, Accreditation Committee, Department of Economics, University of Uyo, Uyo (2013 – Date)
(h) Member, Committee to Evaluate Cost of Damages on the University’s Properties as a result of the June 12, 2014 riots (i) Chairman, Research Committee, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Uyo, Uyo. (2016 – Date)

Outside the University
1. Consultancy
(a) 1994 – 1995: DHV of Netherlands/Halcrow Rural Management of UK – Rural Credit Specialist in a multidisciplinary study/facilitation team working on the Participatory Action and Research and Evaluation component of a rural development program study in Akwa Ibom State.
(b) 1994 – 1995: DHV of Netherlands/Halcrow Rural Management of UK – Economist on a multidisciplinary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) team, which established database of the study area, set up a system of impact of possible program options of the feasibility study stage. Contributions to intensive Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) exercise carried out in over 100 villages in the study area, which carried out a pre-cursor to the Participatory Action Research and Evaluation (PAR&E)
(c) 1995: United Nations Development Program (UNDP) – Rural Credit Consultant in UNDP assisted development program in Akwa Ibom State (3rd Country program). Charged with the specific duty of identifying rural credit groups to pool resources for onward credit disbursements to themselves.
(d) 1996 – 1997: Niger Delta Environmental Survey (NDES) – Participatory Rural Appraisal(PRA)/ Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) trainer and Supervisor. He also worked as the rural credit trainer in the survey. Worked in a multidisciplinary development and environmental survey in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria – covering Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, and Delta States. Actually involved in training change agents and facilitating the establishment of community savings and credit schemes with the use of participatory techniques.
(e) 1997 – 1998: Development Innovations Network (IRED) – Trainer and Supervisor for NDES PRA/PLA program in the Niger Delta.
(f) 1997: Department for International Development (DFID) – Carried out Literature Review into the effects of migrant farmers activities in Cross River State forest reserves. This rainforest is among the world’s largest existing forest reserves that may be completely deforested in the nearest future if adequate measures are not put in place.
(g) 1997: Niger Delta Wetland Centre – PRA/Rural Credit Specialist in Akassa Development Project, Bayelsa State. This project was funded by LIVING EARTH and STATOIL.
(h) 1998: UNDP – Socio-economic Consultant – carried out baseline data survey in 15communities of Akwa Ibom State.
(i) 1999 – 2001: Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) – Community Development Adviser – Advising the multinational corporation on sustainable project implementation strategies in its turbulent Niger Delta communities
(j) 2001 (Feb): Project Manager, Fresh & Green - Using PRA/PLA methodology to work with communities in Akwa Ibom State. Collecting information on the communities and facilitating the communities to prioritise their community projects while drawing development plans with help of Local and State Government intervention in communities.
2. Political Appointments
(a) 2001: Commissioner, Akwa Ibom Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission – Saddled with the responsibility of advising Government on ways and means of increasing the internally generated revenue base of the State.
(b) 2002- 2003: Special Adviser, Bureau of Youth & Culture, Akwa Ibom State – superintending over the government bureau that supervised the activities of youths and cultural dynamics in the State.
(c) 2003 - 2007: Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Akwa Ibom State -superintending over the ministry and directing implementation of government policies on youth and sports development.
(d) 2007 – 2008: Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Economic Development and Chief Economic Adviser, Akwa Ibom State.
(e) Vice Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Executive Council (EXCO) Committee on the implementation of the Akwa Ibom State University of Science and Technology (2007-2008).
(f) 2003 – 2008: Chairman, Akwa United Football Club, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
(g) 2008 - Chairman, State Government Committee on the Revitalization of Government Moribund Industries and Recovery of Government properties, Akwa Ibom State.
(h) 2008 – Chairman, Akwa Ibom Taxi Scheme Implementation Committee.
(i) 2007 – 2008 – Member, Finance and General Purpose Committee (FGPC), Akwa Ibom State– Responsible for deciding on all contracts awarded by the State government.
(j) 2018 - 2023 – Member of Council, Nigeria Institute for Social an Economic Research (NISER).
(k) 2020 – Member, Nigeria Economic Society Academy of Economists Committee.
(l) 2021 – Chairman, Nigeria Economic Society (NES), Akwa Ibom State Chapter.
3. Professional Appointments
(a) 2008 – 2010 – Member, South-South Nigeria Economic Summit Group – The economic wing and Advisor of the South-South Governors’ Forum
(b) 2010 – Date – Chairman, REDAN Capital Ltd. (An investment arm of Real Estates Developers Association of Nigeria, REDAN) - Responsible for sourcing finance for estate developers, project management services, and advisory consulting.
4. Academic Appointments
(a) 2017– Date: Course Accreditor, National Universities Commission (NUC)
(b) 2017 – Date: External Examiner – Obong University, Obong Ntak, Etim Ekpo, Akwa Ibom State.
(c) 2018 – 2019: Adjunct Professor – Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.
(d) 2018 – Date: External Examiner – University of Calabar, Calabar
(e) February 2020 - Vetting Officer/Resource Person – National Open University of Nigeria
(f) 2019 – 2020: Member, Ad-hoc Accreditation Panel to Evaluate Economics Programmes in Nigerian Universities, National Universities Commission, Nigeria.
(g) 2020 – External Examiner – University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt
(h) 2020 – External Examiner, Nile University, FCT, Abuja
(i) 2021 – External Assessor – Nigerian National Merit Award Governing Board, The Presidency.
(j) 2021 – External Examiner – Federal University, Wukari


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Professor Christopher Ekong
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Uyo, Uyo. Nigeria.