AKPAN, Sen Bassey Albert

Born 28 October 1972

Ibiono Ibom LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria




B.Sc Economics, MBA

Bassey Albert Akpan was born on 28 October 1972 to the family of Chief Albert Robert Akpan, a successful businessman, prominent politician and philanthropist. He attended St Patrick's College, Calabar, from where he then proceeded to the University of Uyo where he bagged a BSc in Economics (Second Class Upper Division). In further pursuit of academic excellence, he obtained a Masters of Business Administration(MBA) degree from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In 2007, when the call to public service came through his nomination as a commissioner into the Executive Council of the Akwa Ibom state government came. He accepted and was given the finance ministry portfolio to manage. With his wealth of experience in the banking sector and his background as an economist, he was able to grow the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, to N15.6 billion as at year end 2013. He was also the Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee whose job was to ensure that government were completed using direct labour to save some money for the state. In April 2009, Bassey Albert chaired the first ever Akwa Ibom state Revenue summit. The Summit with the theme: "Maximising Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Potentials in Akwa Ibom State - A Collective Responsibility" involved participation by stakeholders from diverse socio-economic sectors in the state and was organized as part of strategic efforts to boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state. He was instrumental in the negotiations between the state and Standard Chartered for the approval of a loan of £325.24m to execute projects in the state. In 2014, Bassey Albert declared his intention to contest for the Governorship seat of Akwa Ibom State, but after the primary he lost out to the current incumbent Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel. Bassey Albert was sworn in as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on 9 June 2015. He moved a motion on the floor of the Senate to look into the state of the Ikot Ekpene - Itu - Calabar highway which has been abandoned for years and has gotten into a state of disrepair. This has led the senate to inaugurate a committee of which he is a member On 12 October 2015 his election was upheld by the Appeal court which returned 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 Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Senator Bassey Albert has been an outspoken member of the senate on topical issues. 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 has also said that federal lawmakers will resist any attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari to control the National Assembly. The senate committee on Gas headed by Senator Bassey Albert has been engaging with The NNPC and IOCs to end gas flaring in 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.
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse
State of Origin: Akwa Ibom State
Father's Name Chief Albert Robert Akpan,
Mother's Name
Profession Politician
Working Experience United Bank for Africa (UBA). , Continental Trust Bank , First Inland Bank Plc , First City Monument Bank , commissioner into the Executive Council of the Akwa Ibom state , Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,

Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,

St Patrick's College, Calabar .. University of Uyo.. University of Nigeria, Nsukka.


Award of Excellence, the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) Uyo and District Society (2009)
Award of Honour, Ibiono Ibom Welfare & Development Union (IWADU – 2009). Traditional Title of “ENIN IBIONO IBOM” (Elephant of Ibiono Ibom) by Ibiono-Ibom Traditional Rulers Council (2009)
Fellow, Nigerian Association of Teachers of Technology (2010)
Golden Award by Lions Club International for Service to Humanity (2011)
The Paul Harry Fellow Award by Rotary Club International in recognition of Service to Humanity (2011)
Award of Chieftaincy Title of “IBEREDEM IDIDEP” (Rock of Ididep) by Clan Head of Ididep
Honorary Award of Excellence by the National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS) 2013
Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) 2013.
Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria (2013).
Fellow of the National Association of Research Development (FNARD) (2013)
Patron of Christian Council of Nigeria (2013)
Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Golf Association (2013) Golden Public Service Award by the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch (2013)
Award of Excellence by the Foundation for Sound and Intervention (FASMACIN) (2013)
Award of Honour’ presented by National Association of Ibiono Ibom Students, University of Calabar Chapter (NAIBS – UCC), (April 2014)
Award of Excellence’ Presented by Forum of Past Student Leaders, University of Uyo, (March 2014)
Patriotism Award by Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio (November 7, 20105)
Award of Chieftaincy Title of “OBONG UFORO AKWA IBOM STATE (Monarch of Prosperity of Akwa Ibom State) by the Paramount Ruler of Etinan and Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs, His Majesty Edidem Dickson Umoette
Patriotic Service Award of Excellence for Scholarship Achievement by Patriotic Service Platform (November, 2016)
Prestigious Award of the South South Senator of the Year 2017 by Senate Press Corp. (October, 2017)
Fellowship Award in Recognition of Meritorious Service to Humanity and Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic by the Governing Council and Management of Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic (May, 2019).
Educational Endowment and Philanthropic Award by Governing Council and Academic Board of College of Education, Afaha Nsit, Akwa Ibom State (July 12, 2019).
Ibom Pride Award of Excellence by Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria, USA, INC., (AKISAN) (August 1, 2019)

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