Edet Bassey Akpakpan is a Professor of Economics at the University of Uyo, Nigeria. He received his B.Sc Degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, M.Sc from the University of Wales, U. K., and Ph.D from the University of Manchester, England, U. K. His areas of interest are Economic Thought and Methodology, Development Economics, and Public Finance.

Professor Akpakpan has published many journal articles and several textbooks, including Economics Beyond Demand and Supply, Crossroads in Nigerian Development, How to Save the Naira and Nigeria, and The Economy: Towards a New Type of Economics. He has taught Economics at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, University of The Gambia, The Gambia, and University of Uyo, Nigeria.

In addition to teaching and research, Professor Akpakpan has served as consultant on Economic Affairs. He was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja, from October 1995 to June 1998, Special Adviser to the Chief of General Staff (CGS), The Presidency, from August 1998 to May 1999, and Member of the Budget System Review Committee, Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja, from December 1999 to March 2000. He has also advised several private sector organizations on capacity building and management. He retired from teaching in November 2017 to focus on research and consultancy.

Basic Information
Department of Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Uyo
Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria,
Areas of Specialization
- Economic Thought and Methodology
- Development Economics, with special interest in Public Finance
Academic and Professional Background

October 1980 - June 1983

PhD (Economics)

University of Manchester

Oxford Road, Manchester

M 13 9 PL, United Kingdom

October 1976 - September 1977

MSc (Economics)
Master's Degree

University of Wales

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

January 1972 - June 1975

BSc (Economics)
Bachelor of Science Degree

University of Ibadan

Ibadan, Nigeria

January 1970 - December 1971

G.C.E O/A Level

Private Studies for the General Certificate of Education

January 1967 - December 1969

Teachers’ Grade IICertificate

Presbyterian Teachers’ College

Ididep, Ibiono Ibom

January 1961 - December 1961

Probationary Teachers’ Certificate

Boys’ vocational School

Ididep, Ibiono Ibom

January 1953 - December 1960

Certificate (FSLC)
First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC), Distinction

Presbyterian (Primary) School

Ididep, Ibiono Ibom

Professional Memberships
World Economics Association (WEA)
since 2011
Nigerian Economic Society (NES) (Life Member)
Since 1977
Resource Person
Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria,
2009 – 2011
Resource Person
Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria
2010 – 2011
Courses Taught

Principles of Economics

Advanced Macroeconomics

Development Economics

Economic Planning

History of Economic Thought

International Monetary and Financial Issues

Methodological Issues in Economics

Public Finance

Project Management

Nigeria: Economy, State, and Society

Research Methodology
Work Experience

February 2002 to Present

University of Uyo
Professor of Economics

  • Academic leadership in Economics, including the development of programmes, Teaching and supervision of students’ research projects.
  • Supervised a large number of MSc and PhD students’ research projects in Economics and Finance.
  • Directed the Postgraduate Programme in Economics and the Collaborative PhD programme in the Faculty of Business Administration
  • Appointment to the Endowed Chair (Chief Anthony Ani Chair) of Public Finance, July 2017.

April 2013 to March 2014

National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), Abuja
Research Professor (Sabbatical Staff)

Participation in the development of research projects and postgraduate programmes in Legislative Studies and Parliamentary Administration, and support services to the Research Department and staff.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administrative), 2006 to 2008

Supervision of Works Department, Physical Planning Unit, Student Affairs Department, Health Centre, Security Department, Guest House, and other duties as directed by the Vice-Chancellor.

Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, May 2002- October 2006

Academic leadership, general management of the faculty, and supervision of Graduate students.

August 1976 – January 2002

University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Port Harcourt
Dean, Student Affairs, October 1989- November 1993

Management of Students’ Welfare Services: Accommodation and Hostel Facilities, Sports, Transport, Finance and Aid, Guidance and Counselling, General Discipline.

Senior Lecturer in Economics, October 1988- January 2002
Teaching of Undergraduate and Graduate courses in Economics, Management of Departmental Graduate Programmes, Supervision of Graduate (MSc and PhD) Students’ Research Projects, and participation in the management of Units of the University.
Acting Head, Department of Economics, October 1999 - December 2000; October 1988 – September 1989
General Management of the Department; Development of Academic Programmes.
Lecturer in Economics, October 1977 – September 1987
Teaching of Undergraduate courses in Economics and Supervision of Undergraduate Students’ Projects. Review of the Departmental Programme of Studies.
Graduate assistant, August 1976 – September 1977
Training position; research support to Professors.

August 1975 – July 1976

N.Y.S.C, Kaduna
Instructor: Police College

Teaching of English Language and Current affairs; Review of Instructional Materials including the Penal Code.

January 1970 - September 1972

Bank Clerk: First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Uyo, August 1971- September 1972

Clerical, accounting, and general banking responsibilities.

Secondary School Tutor: Lott Carey Baptist Secondary School, Afaha Obio Eno, Ibiono. July 1970 – July 1971

Subject Master for Economics, Geography, and English Language; Hall Master.

Primary School Teacher, January 1970 – June 1970.

Presbyterian School, Itu Hill, Itu.

University Community Service

University of Uyo(UNIUYO
Project Manager
Construction of Academic/Office Block for the Faculty of Environmental Studies, February – April 2010
  • Staff Commendation and Awards Committee, 2017
  • Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit (ACTU), since 2007
  • Seventh Convocation Planning Committee, 2008
  • Board of Directors, University of Uyo Consultancy Ltd., since 2005
  • Task Force for the Implementation of the NDIC-sponsored Infotech Centre, Faculty of Business Administration, 2004 – 2005
  • Committee on Business on Campus, December 2006 – December 2008
  • Staff Welfare Committee, 2003 – 2007
  • Students’ Disciplinary Committee, 2002 – 2007
  • Governing Council, February 2004 - December 2008
  • Board of Trustees, University Academic Staff Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (UAMCOS), since 2009
  • Sixth Convocation Planning Committee, 2005
  • University Senate, since 2002
  • Graduate School Board, 2002 – October 2006
  • Board of the School of Continuing Education, 2002 – December 2006

University of Uyo

Student Affairs, 1989-1993

  • Faculty of Social Sciences Seminar Programme, 1999 – 2000
  • Graduate Programmes (MSc, PhD) in Economics, October 1995 - July 1998
  • Task Force for the Rehabilitation of students’ Amenities, 1992
  • Sports Committee, 1990 -1993.
  • Anti-Cult Committee, 1999 – 2000
  • Graduate School Board, 1999 – 2000
  • University Senate, 1988 – 1993; 1999 – 2000
  • Board of Governors, College of Continuing Education, 1997 -2000
  • Council Ad-hoc Panel of Investigation into the Management of the N20 Million Special Capital Grant to the University, 1991
  • Housing Committee, 1991 – 1992
  • Students’ Welfare Committee, 1985- 1993
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Committee on the Review of Students’ Hall Management, 1985
  • Social Science Library Board, 1984 – 1988.

Public Service

  • Special Adviser (Economic Affairs), Office of the Chief of General Staff (CGS), The Presidency, Abuja, August1998 – May 1999.
  • Technical Adviser, VISION 2010 Committee, Federal Secretariat, Abuja, 1997.
  • Economic Adviser, Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja, October 1995 – June 1998.
  • Collation/Returning Officer, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abuja, 2011 (Elections)
  • Chairman:
    • Presidential Visitation Panel to Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. August – September 2004.
    • Board of Governors, Mary Slessor Memorial Presbyterian School, Port Harcourt, 1996 -2001 (January)
    • Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA) Council. 1989- 1990.
    • Subject Chairman, National Teachers’ Institute Curriculum Development Workshop, Jos, June 1986; Kano, August 1986.
  • Member:
    • Postgraduate Programmes Accreditation Panel, National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja, October 2014
    • MBA Programmes Accreditation Panel, National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja, June- July 2006
    • B.Sc Programmes Accreditation Panel, NUC, Abuja, 2005 to Present
    • Governing Council, International Management and Finance Institute (IMFI), Uyo, since September 2002
    • Federal Budget System Review Committee, Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja. January 2000 – March 2000
    • Board of Trustees, Akwa Synod Mission Trust Fund, Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Uyo, since September 2009
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Department of Economics,
Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of Uyo,
Akwa Ibom State,