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Akpan Bassey Albert

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Senator Bassey Albert Akpan was born on October 28, 1972 into the family of Chief Albert Robert Akpan, a successful businessman, prominent politician and philanthropist, in Ididep Usuk village, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area.

He is a grassroots politician who represented Akwa Ibom No

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28th October, 1972
Male
Ibiono Ibom
Akwa Ibom
Senate
Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East

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Senator Bassey Albert Akpan was born on October 28, 1972 into the family of Chief Albert Robert Akpan, a successful businessman, prominent politician and philanthropist, in Ididep Usuk village, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area.

He is a grassroots politician who represented Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District at the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Previously, he was Commissioner of Finance in Akwa Ibom State.

He became a Senator in March 2015, under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was reelected in February 2019, to represent Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District at the 9th Senate.

Senator Albert started his secondary education at the St Patrick's College, Calabar before proceeding to the University of Uyo, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics. He also obtained a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

He started his professional career in 1997 with International Operations and Consumer Banking/Retail Banking Unit of the United Bank for Africa (UBA). In 1999, he moved on to become Manager, Corporate Banking group at the Continental Trust Bank at the bank's Victoria Island Lagos, Head Office. He later joined First Inland Bank Plc in 2003 as the Uyo Branch Manager.

In 2005, he joined First City Monument Bank as Assistant Vice President.

Bassey Albert was sworn in as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on 9 June 2015

Senator Albert Bassey distinguished himself in character and performance at the Senate, with the sponsorship of several bills, motions, petitions and other matters of strategic relevance, not minding the fact he was a first timer.

He moved a motion on the floor of the Senate to look into the state of the Ikot Ekpene - Itu - Calabar highway  which had been abandoned for years and was in state of disrepair. This led the senate to inaugurate a committee of which he was a member. On 12 October 2015 his election was upheld by the Appeal court which confirmed him as the senator representing Akwa Ibom North East senatorial district. He was also appointed as the Chairman of the Senate committee on Gas Resources by the 8th Senate President,Bukola Saraki .

His committee turned down a proposal of N200 million in the budget of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for the preparation of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). The committee also rejected a request for appropriation of N200 million for the review of Nigeria Gas Master-plan, describing it as unnecessary.

He chaired the Senate Committee on Gas Resources, whose contribution to the development of the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector cannot be overemphasized, one of such being the ‘Gas Flaring Penalty and Prohibition Bill’ recently passed by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He was disqualified from the senate on the 27th of February 2017 by the High Court of Nigeria who nullified his election to the Senate. On November 30, 2017 after several investigations and court hearings the Court of Appeal in Calabar overturned the ruling by the Federal High Court in Uyo, and declared Bassey Albert the winner of the primary election that was conducted in December 2014.

In May 2016, Senator Albert initiated an undergraduate Scholarship scheme, which 381 students of Akwa Ibom State origin have so far benefited from. The Scholarship covers full tuition fees and upkeep allowance throughout the duration of the beneficiary's programme. As at the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic session, 114 have successfully graduated and obtained degrees, while 267 are still on their respective programmes in various higher institutions of learning across Nigeria.

His unparalleled performance in his first term propelled the people of Uyo Senatorial District (Akwa Ibom North-East) to overwhelmingly vote for him to return to the National Assembly as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the 2019 General elections.

In the 9th Senate, he was appointed Chairman, Senate Committee on Upstream Petroleum Resources, and a member several other committees by the 9th Senate President H.E. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan.

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