The Rt. Hon. (Barr) Onofiok Akpan Luke represents Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency in the Nigeria House of Representatives. He was born on March 16, 1978, to Barr and Mrs Akpan Luke of Ikot Etobo in Nsit Ubium Local Government area of Akwa Ibom State. He attended St. Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, Use Abat, Ibiono Ibom LGA and later, Lutheran High School, Obot Idim, Ibesikpo/Asutan LGA where he obtained a Senior Secondary School Certificate in 1996.
Onofiok obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Uyo in 2015, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2010 upon graduation from the Nigerian Law School same year. He completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, assignment in 2009 in which he served the country in Ebonyi state. He proceeded later to the University of Calabar where he obtained a Master’s degree in Law with specialisation in Telecommunications Law. He has also variously undertaken capacity development programmes at prestigious academic institutions within and outside the country including the Harvard Business School, Yale University, Alliance Manchester Business School, among others.
His leadership exploits dates back to his days as President of the Students Union Government of the University of Uyo where he spoke up for, and took daring decisions to protect the interest of thousands of disadvantaged students. In 2008, Barr Onofiok Luke was nominated to the Nigeria Youth Parliament, where he was elected to serve for two years as the pioneer Speaker of the 109-member youth parliament. The youth parliament under his leadership effectively spearheaded the agitation for the full implementation of various youth friendly policies of the federal government prominent among which was the National Youth Employment Progamme (NAYEAP). He led the parliament in the forefront of the clamour for Amnesty in the Niger Delta Region.
He has taken his youth development and empowerment advocacy to many nations where he represented Nigeria at prominent international forums. He was part of the Nigerian delegation to the Mexico World Youth Conference in 2010. He also represented the country in Nairobi, Kenya, at the African Union youth pre-forum to the 2014 high level dialogue on democracy, human rights, and governance in Africa. Onofiok Luke was nominated by the Federal Government as a member of the Nigeria Vision 20:2020 Special Interest Group, Abuja.
Barr Onofiok Luke was appointed Personal Assistant on Protocol Matters to the Akwa Ibom governor, His Excellency, Governor Godswill Akpabio in 2007. Upon his return from Law School in 2010, he practised briefly as a pupil under Barrister Francis Ekwere at Fortress and Shepherds. He had earlier served as legislative aide to the late Ernest Enobong Ukochio, member who represented Esit Eket/Ibeno state constituency in the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly in 2003.
He won the 2011 house of assembly election by a landslide to represent the people of Nsit Ubium state constituency in the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly. For three years, Luke served the state legislature as Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations and Finance and Deputy Chairman, Committee on Information. His innovative introduction of Participatory Budgeting while leading that committee remains one of the defining hallmarks of the 5th Akwa Ibom Assembly. He pioneered the assembly’s effort to ensure a more transparent and people-centred budgeting process in the state. In that capacity, Onofiok led deliberations on state budget proposals, oversaw the activities of the state ministry of finance, probed the fiscal conduct of government, and led the review of the activities of the State Budget Office. He was later appointed the Chairman House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Before the close of the 5th assembly, he had the opportunity to serve as member of various committees including the Committee on Public Accounts; Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights & Public Petition; Committee on Health; Committee on Education; Committee on Security, Youth, and Sports; Advisory Committee on Parliamentary matters; Committee on Economic Planning and Development; Committee on Special Projects, Monitoring and Implementation; and the Committee on Women Affairs, Special Welfare and Cooperative.
Following his reelection to the state assembly for a second term in 2015, Onofiok was appointed the House’ Chairman, Ad hoc Committee on the Appraisal of Local Government, and later, Chairman House Committee on Education. In the education committee, he interfaced with stakeholders in the state education system to work out modalities towards the improvement of the Akwa Ibom state free and compulsory education initiative. In December 2015, members of the 6th assembly unanimously elected him the 11th Speaker of the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly.
Under his leadership, the House gained renewed vibrancy in the legislature’s tripodal mandate areas of lawmaking, oversight, and representation. By the end of his tenure as speaker, the House had received and passed into law over 50 life touching bills. It is on record that Onofiok Luke is the first sitting Speaker of the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly to sponsor a private member bill. Some of his privately sponsored bills have been passed into law since his first term. Some of the bills sponsored by him are the Akwa Ibom State HIV/AIDS Control Agency bill; the safety of employees in construction and allied industries in Akwa Ibom State bill; the bill for a law to amend the Magistrate Court Law, 2000; the Physically Challenged Persons protection bill; and the bill for a law for the regulation and grant of permit to any person conducting sand dealing and dredging operations in Akwa Ibom state. Others are the state Primary Healthcare
Development Agency bill; the state health insurance scheme bill; the social housing scheme bill; the Akwa Ibom State Mortgage and Foreclosure bill; among others.
He was elected in April 2019 to the Nigeria National Assembly to represent Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency where he got appointed for now into the House’ Ad Hoc Committee on Information.
Since 2011, Onofiok Luke has been consolidating his leadership interests which are chiefly in education and economic empowerment of women and youths for sustainable development. Three potent youths and women empowerment schemes are run as part of his constituency development projects. They are the Constituency Transport Scheme (CTS), the Seed Capital for Business Start-up (SCBS), and the Constituency Education Support Grants. He founded 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 peace-building and conflict resolution. The programme has been adopted and enlarged by the state legislature into what is now the Akwa Ibom Legislative Internship Programme (AKILIP).
A member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), National Vice Chairman
(South-South) of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, 2010 Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI), and an Ambassador of the Olusegun Obasanjo Youth Development Initiative, Onofiok Luke is prominently in the Akwa Ibom state honours roll for his role in promoting development legislations in the state. In 2017, he received the special 30th anniversary award conferred on him by the Akwa Ibom state government for his role in youth development across Nigeria. In the same year, he was honoured by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) for his pivotal role in the initiation of healthcare delivery laws in Akwa Ibom state. In February 2018, he was honoured alongside prominent Nigerians as Nigeria’s Young Achiever of the Year by Asset Newspaper, Abuja. He is also the Independent Newspaper Nigeria’s Outstanding State Lawmaker of the Year 2018. In 2019, he was honoured by the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic as a Fellow of the institution.
Onofiok has been guest lecturer, keynote speaker, a lead paper presenter and a panel discussant at various universities and reputable national and international forums where he promotes ideas on youth and women development, human rights protection, good governance through fiscal responsibility, and democratization of the legislative process. He is a devout Christian. He is married to Uduak Luke, PhD, and the union is blessed with Etiusungisang, Enoabasi, Uduakobong and