Eyiboh Helped Me Even When I Never Met Him Before- Grateful Man, Celestine Mel Says

I’m a civil servant. A proud and vocal one at that. I actively sought to find my feet in a meaningful career 12 years ago. It paid off. I called for help after I did my part. Help came from Hon. Eseme Eyibo who represented Eket Federal Constituency then. He didn’t know me. I only knew him on TV as the spokesperson of the House of Representatives. I was not a member of a political party. I had no godfather. I o ly had God.

For me, I needed a job. I saw the vacancy in Tuesday edition of The Guardian Newspaper I applied by writing a letter to the address in the advert at Apapa Lagos. I was writing from Calabar. Then they invited me for a test. I studied GMAT, read newspaper articles, followed the news, checked out any info on the financial industry, prepared and sat for the aptitude test. In that time I was taking at least three aptitude tests per week. I tried KPMG, UAC, CBN, Federal Character Commission, Deloitte, Procter and Gamble, Ibom Power Company, Unicem, PWC, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total, Pioneer Newspaper, etc. I was active, passionate and determined.

When the aptitude test result from my current employer came, someone hinted me that I needed an extra layer of recommendation from a front – row National Assembly man. The person recommend that I should look for then Senator Ita Enang who was chairman of senate committee on rules or business. I contacted him by phone. He rejected all my calls. I sent a text. He didn’t reply. I called again. He picked the call and told me that he can’t help me. I was broken but refused to give up. I started searching again. Another friend suggested I should contact then Senator Eme Ekaette or Hon. ESEME EYIBO. I didn’t have their contact phone numbers. I remembered a friend who works in DSS. I spoke to him. He forwarded all their numbers to me. I loaded my phone and started calling Eme Ekaette did not answer. Eseme Eyibo’s did not go through. I was frustrated. But I didn’t give up.

The DSS friend encouraged me to try and look for Eyoboh on Facebook and send a message to him. He told me that Hon. Eseme Eyoboh manages his Facebook wall by himself. I went to Facebook and sent a private message to him. The next morning, he replied me. We started talking on the phone. He asked me to put together all I told him in an email and forward to him, including what I want him to do. He gave me his email address.

I took time to write my request, including all the effort I made with several private naxsnad public organizations, my experience, etc., and prayed that he should kindly recommend me for employment with the agency. I attached my CV and copies of certificates.

Same day, Hon. Eyoboh called to inform me that he went to meet my agency’s MD and has submitted a recommendation with my credentials, that the MD promised to look at my performance in the test and revert. I sat back to pray. I called relatives to join. But I didn’t stop there.

I traced the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner in the Federal Character Commission then, Bar. Matthew Ukpong to his chambers in Ikot Ekpene. He was not very willing to be bugged down by my wahala but I troubled him a lot. He went out of his way to assure me that he would watch out for the final list whenever it is sent to his commission. He wrote another recommendation letter on my behalf to the MD. I never knew him from Adam.

The agency invited me again to another round of test and interview in 2010. I was even better prepared and more ready. I performed excellently well. The MD called Eseme Eyibo to inform him that I was an extremely sound and excellent candidate. Three months after, the same MD personally called me to Abuja, to sign for my provisional offer of appointment. The rest is history.

This is the story of y career. I didn’t ask for any favors or rice. I didn’t demand for empowerment. I needed a job. I sought for it and got it with help from strangers. Indeed, I met Eseme Eyiboh, (an Edit Eket man) for the first time in 2012, two years down. He was helping an unknown person. I am still looking forward to meeting Hon. Matthew Ukpong. Nobody from my LGA or senatorial district helped. And I hold nothing against them.

I am sharing this to encourage our youth to refocus on what is important. Do your part and God would use people you least expect to do His part. Stop trying to get patronage and handout from politicians. Create value for yourself and let people know where you stand. Actively seek for opportunities and cry for help whenever you need help to overcome any obstacle. If i could overcome, you can too. Be dignified.

Thanks for reading through my first TEDex in 2022.

Wisdom Bassey

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