Liyel Imoke was elected governor of Cross River State in Nigeria in April 2007.
Imoke earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (Major) and Economics (Minor) from the University of Maryland, College Park in the United States.
He went on to acquire a Law degree at the University of Buckingham, England in 1985. Imoke further pursued a Masters in Law at the American University in Washington D C, completing his legal training at the Nigeria Law School, Lagos in 1988.
After practicing law in Washington DC and Lagos, he ventured into business with interests in oil and gas, construction, communication, merchandizing and management consultancy.
In 1992, at 30, he was elected a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, becoming the youngest legislator in the history of the Senate.
Imoke was appointed a Special Adviser on Public Utilities by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999.
He also served as Executive Chairman of the Special Board charged with the responsibility to wind down the Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission, OMPADEC.
In addition, he served as Chairman of Technical Board of the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), charged with the responsibility to rehabilitate the existing electricity infrastructure.
Imoke was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Power and Steel, doubling as Minister of Education.
Imoke was elected Governor of Cross River State on April 2007.
He is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association; Honorary Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers; Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration.