Bassey Albert Akpan
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 9th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Previously, he was Commissioner of Finance in Akwa Ibom State from 2007 to 2014.
He was elected to the Senate 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 St Patrick’s College, Calabar before proceeding to the University of Uyo, where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Second Class Upper Division). In further pursuit of academic excellence, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He started his professional career in 1997, when he joined the 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, where he won the bank’s best-performing branch manager award in the South-South region. He also won the award of the best-performing branch manager nationwide in the bank’s mid-year review of the 2004 financial year.
In 2005, he joined First City Monument Bank as Assistant Vice President, where he was the General Manager in charge of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States. He was responsible for directing and overseeing the day-to-day running of over 15 branches spread across the zone and as the Zonal Head, he articulated and developed key market penetration strategies for the bank, for sustainable market share and growth.