A PERSONAL PROFILE HON. AKPAN, BASSEY ALBERT - A CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL AND PASSIONATE PUBLIC SERVANT When Bassey Albert Akpan was born 39 years ago in the serene village of Ididep Usuk in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, there probably were no comets or shooting stars in the sky. But through his birth, providence has given humanity a tower and an epitome of resourcefulness, hard work, humaneness and a rare passion for the common good. As one of the scions of Chief Albert Robert Akpan, successful businessman, prominent politician and philanthropist, Bassey Albert is fortunate to have been born into a family where service to humanity and good naturedness remains an entrenched family credo and value. An alumnus of the University of Uyo where he graduated in 1997 in Economics with Second Class Upper Division, he went on to bag his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Bassey Albert, an economist, a banker and financial expert, has a decade of experience under his belt in the banking industry; He started his banking career in 1997 with United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic nerve centre, where he worked in International Operations and Consumer/Retail Banking Departments. In 1999, he moved on to become Manager, Corporate Banking Group at Continental Trust Bank at its Victoria Island Head Office in Lagos. In zealous pursuit of professional excellence and committed service, he joined First Inland Bank Plc in 2003. There as Branch Manager in Uyo, he won the Bank’s Award as Best Performing Branch Manager in the South-South Region. He also won the Best Performing Branch Manager Bank, Nationwide, in the Mid-Year performance review during the 2004 financial year. By November 2005, when he left First Inland Bank Plc as Senior Manager, he had positioned Uyo Branch as the most consistent branch in the South-South in both profitability and liability generation; sustainability and quality. Bassey Albert joined First City Monument Bank Plc (FCMB PLC) in 2005 as Assistant Vice President where his position as Deputy General Manger in charge of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States put him in the driver’s seat where 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. At First City Monument Bank Plc (FCMB Plc), he managed over three hundred capacity human resource base, resulting in efficient customer service delivery and superior financial performance; a feat that earned him the Bank’s Award as the Best Performing Zonal Director and Business Unit for the last two years of his tenure in the bank in terms of balance sheet size and profitability. He finally bowed out of First City Monument Bank as a Vice President only to answer a patriotic call to service by His Excellency Governor Godswill Akpabio as a Commissioner for Finance in the Akwa Ibom State Government. In his endless pursuit of professional excellence, Bassey Albert has undergone several professional courses in banking, human resources management and leadership and has also won many awards for excellence and real-time performance. He has also been honoured by many organizations, both local and international for his sterling service to humanity. Bassey Albert’s typhoon of Awards and Recognitions include the following: * 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). * Fellow, Nigerian Association of Teachers of Technology (2010). * 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). * 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. * Award of Chieftaincy Title of “IBEREDEM IDIDEP” (Rock of Ididep) by Clan Head of Ididep. When Public Service beckoned in 2007 in the shape of nomination to serve as Honourable Commissioner in the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council, he did not look back. With an unshakable personal philosophy of service to humanity and always working for the public good, Bassey Albert saw his call to the Public Service as a divine opportunity to touch people’s lives more effectively and on a more universal scale. His tenure as Honourable Commissioner for Finance in His Excellency Governor Godswill Akpabio’s first term (2007-2011) witnessed, indeed, a Golden Age of unprecedented fiscal husbandry and infrastructural development in Akwa Ibom State. Conventional wisdom has it that lightning does not strike the same place twice but Bassey Albert Akpan’s historic re- appointment as Honourable Commissioner for Finance in His Excellency Governor Akpabio’s second term, has created a new reality and a paradigm shift anchored on his sterling pedigree, quality, rock-solid performance and unflinching loyalty to Chief (Dr.) Godswill Obot Akpabio’s Administration. As Honourable Commissioner for Finance, Bassey Albert oversees the day-to-day running of the Ministry of Finance which comprises Office of the State Accountant-General, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Budget and, indeed, the entire Akwa Ibom State Finance Sector. A dyed-in-the-wool professional and a crack manager of men and resources, he manages the state’s resources and, of course, oversees the financial management and fiscal policy of the State as well as overseeing the day-to-day cash management systems of the State Government. A hugely dynamic and hardworking young man, he sees as his core responsibility the need to develop a sound financial and cash management model and strategy to ensure an effective and efficient delivery of key Government programmes and in this way, effectively manages over N12 billion (i.e. over 100 million dollars) monthly. As Honourable Commissioner for Finance, Bassey Albert is the Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Local Government Joint Derivation Committee; Member, Akwa Ibom State Finance & General Purpose Committee (FGPC); Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Micro Credit Committee and Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Inter- Ministerial Direct Labour Co-ordinating Committee. In his capacity as the Honourable Commissioner for Finance and serving in the above-listed Committees, he harnesses over 1,500 members of staff for effective service delivery and through his proficiency and core competency, has been able to interpret the large vision and aspirations of Chief (Dr.) Godswill Obot Akpabio, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, into tangible realities as evidenced in the legion of developmental, life-changing and people-oriented projects scattered across the length and breadth of the state. A consummate professional and a passionate public servant, he has brought his vast wealth of experience and expertise from the Private Sector into Governor Akpabio’s Administration with potent dynamism and a refreshingly huge commitment to service delivery. Eteka, as he is fondly called by family members and friends alike, is an apostle of peace and change, resolute in ensuring that Akwa Ibom State is effectively transformed from a pedestrian run-of-the- mill State into an industrial nexus and an investors’ and tourists’ haven. Bassey Albert is the quintessential family man, a loving husband and father of four lovely children. He is also a great philanthropist, with a near-legendary large heart, who apart from initiating and supporting many community development programmes, has an unapologetic commitment to touching the lives of people in a positive way. A trusted and compatible team player with an exceptional likeability quotient, Bassey Albert Akpan’s hobbies include reading and meeting people as well as playing squash, lawn tennis and golf.
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