By Ike Uchechukwu, CALABAR
Senator Bassey Edet Otu was born on 18 October 1959 to the family of late Elder & Mrs. Edet Okon Otu of Adiabo in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Bassey Otu grew up in his home city of Calabar and in Jos, Plateau State, where his father had been assigned to the mission of the Church of Scotland. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences from the University of Calabar. Before entering politics, he was engaged in banking and then in the petroleum sector.
Otu was elected a member of House of Representatives in April 2003 to represent Calabar Municipality/Odukpani Federal Constituency and re-elected in April 2007.
Within this period (2003-2011), he was Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum (Upstream); Vice Chairman, House Committee on National Population and member of committees on Power, Ministry of Niger Delta, Inter-Parliamentary Relations, Inter-Intra Party Relations, Environment, Water Resources and Defense.
Bassey Otu was Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream). In this role, he led work on a draft amendment bill that would reposition the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, as a more effective vehicle to develop local content in the oil and gas industry.
Also, the governor-elect, for effective delivery, sponsored the Nigerian Content Development Act, which today has revolutionized the petroleum sector and has put food on the table of many Nigerians.
In 2011, Otu was elected as Senator representing Cross River Southern Senatorial District. On arrival in the Senate, he became the Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance and later Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking and other financial Institutions; he was also a member, Committee on Navy, Power, Petroleum and Water Resources.
His impact at the Senate was adjudged by many to be till date unprecedented; his name is said to be synonymous with human empowerment and societal development; this led to his being endorsed for re-election by Buhari Youth Organisation.
In 2018, Bassey Otu was appointed into the board of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He is a recipient of several awards, both nationally and internationally.
In his words, “I joined politics for service to humanity”. This is evidently true, as his record of empowerment ranging from award of land documents and financial support to build, car awards, scholarships etc. is yet unmatched.
He is happily married to Mrs. Eyoanwan Bassey Otu and the marriage is blessed with children.
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