Bassey Edet Otu (born 18 October 1959) is a Nigerian politician and the current governor of Cross River State Southern Nigeria.[1][2] who served as a time senator for Cross River South from 2011 to 2015, and a one time representative of Calabar Municipal/Odukpani constituency of Cross River State, in the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011.[3]

Bassey Otu
Governor of Cross River State
Assumed office
29 May 2023
DeputyPeter Odey
Preceded byBen Ayade
Senator for Cross River South
In office
6 June 2011 – 6 June 2015
Preceded byBassey Ewa-Henshaw
Succeeded byGershom Bassey
Member of the
House of Representatives of Nigeria
from Cross River
In office
3 June 2003 – 6 June 2011
ConstituencyCalabar Municipal/Odukpani
Personal details
Born (1959-10-18) 18 October 1959 (age 64)
Calabar, Eastern Region, British Nigeria (now in Cross River State, Nigeria)
Political partyAll Progressives Congress (2016–prsent)
Other political
Peoples Democratic Party (before 2016)

Background edit

Prince Bassey Edet Otu was born on 18 October 1959[3] to the family of Late Eld. & Mrs. Edet Okon Otu of Adiabo in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State. He 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 in the Faculty of Social Sciences from the University of Calabar. Before entering politics, he was engaged in banking and then in the petroleum sector. He is also into farming.[4]

House of Representatives (2003–2011) edit

Otu was elected a Member of House of Representatives in April 2003 to represent Calabar Municipality/Odukpani Federal Constituency and reelected 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.[3] In a 2007 interview, he said the ruling by an international court that the Bakassi peninsula belonged to Cameroon was wrong, but that the job now was to resettle displaced relatives of Nigerians and move on.[5] Otu was Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream). [6]

Senator edit

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 and his believed to have great impact on the citi,[7]

In 2018, Otu was appointed into the board of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Following his inaugural speech in May 2023 Otu claims to have joined politics for the service of humanity[8]

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ Imukudo, Saviour (20 March 2023). "APC's Bassey Otu wins Cross River governorship election". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 8 June 2023.
  2. ^ Omoboye, Faith (23 March 2023). "Meet Prince Bassey Otu, gov-elect of Cross River State". Businessday NG. Retrieved 8 June 2023.
  3. ^ a b c "HON. BASSEY EDET OTU". House of Representatives. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  4. ^ KEMI ASHEFON (20 September 2009). "My patch of grey hair got me into trouble At 9 – Hon. Bassey Otu". The Punch. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  5. ^ Tuoyo Ukusanren (29 December 2007). "Bakassi - Let's Resettle Our People And Move On - Bassey Otu". Vanguard. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  7. ^ " Senator Prince Bassey Otu – Excellence in Service". Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  8. ^ Times, Premium (30 May 2023). "FOR THE RECORD: Bassey Otu's inaugural speech as Cross River governor". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 14 December 2023.