He lectured in the University of Jos, Faculty of Medicine & Surgery, in January 1993-1995 and from 1997-1999 he shifted to the department of Ophthalmology as a multi talented brain box.
He succeeded in his endeavor where he trained a number of outstanding Ophthalmologists from the Jos University Teaching Hospital, (JUTH) to National Hospital, Abuja.
Dr. Emmanuel Akabe successfully coordinated different sections in the Medical Department.
Among these are;
* A coordinator, department of Ophthalmology, University of Jos;
*Head of Ophthalmology department, University of Jos,(JUTH);
*Member of the Senate, University of Jos;
*Sole administrator, Plateau’s Hospital, Jos, 1995-1997;
*A pioneer Head of Ophthalmology, National Hospital Abuja;
* A one time member of the Board of National Eye Centre Kaduna, and lately appointed as Chairman of the Board;
*A former Honourable Commissioner of Health, Nasarawa state;
*Presently, Chairman of the Board of National Institute of Freshwater Fishery Research (NIFFR). A compartment under Federal Ministry of Agriculture;
* Member of the overseas Medical Board of Central Bank;
*Chairman of the Board of St Mary’s Hospital, Gwagwalada; and
*He held many positions more often, either as chairman/member of adhoc or standing committees in the University of Jos, JUTH, National Hospital Abuja and as commissioner of Health.
Subsequently, on 23 August, 2013, Akabe facilitated the approval and construction of three(3) General Hospitals worth 2.5blns in Nasarawa State. He said the decision to erect more General Hospitals in the state was geared towards decongesting the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia, Nasarawa state.
He was professionally responsible in divergent areas, ranging from Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), JUTH and National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and he eventually exalted to the rank of 2nd National Vice President.
In Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), he has held numerous positions in Plateau state branch culminating in his election as Secretary and Chairman for two terms and National Assistant Secretary General for the period of five years.
He was also a National Treasurer under the leadership of Dr. Kitchener.
On 17 April, 2012, The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Nasarawa state honoured him as the then commissioner for Health for his contribution towards developmental projects to health’s sector in the state.
In 2013 he also bagged a prestigious award from the University of Jos, respectively.
Dr. Emmanuel Akabe is an Ophthalmologist with special skills in the treatment of Glaucoma, A grassroot politician and a former Sole Administrator of Plateau hospital who served in the administration of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura as his commissioner of health and main vein in ensuring the health of citizens during the epidemic of Ebola and Lassa fevers, and he was an advocacy to the construction of new hospitals, revitalizing the Nasarawa state healthcare systems and closure of over 126 health centers that operated illegally, across the state. He also ensured that both public and private sector health care systems were strengthened with modern health facilities.
Dr. Emmanuel Akabe was sworn in as the Nasarawa state Deputy Governor May 29th , 2019 .
He is married with three (3) children.