By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Bassey Akpan is among other eminent Nigerians nominated to receive award by First of Democracy in Nigeria (FDN) in recognition of their contributions to the development of the nation.
According to a statement in Uyo, signed by the organisers, Senator Akpan will be honoured as the ‘Most Outstanding Senator’ in Nigeria in recognition of his legislative engagements that have resulted in the transformation of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
FDN President, Alexander Ajagbonna who signed the statement said that the award ceremony would commemorate the 2020 Democracy Heroes Award (DHA) billed for October 14, 2020 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
Akpan , who emerged the Senator on Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket, is the Senate Committee Chairman, Petroleum Resources (Upstream).
The Democracy Heroes Award is an initiative of FDN Projects, which was launched over seven years ago to, “recognise, honour and celebrate men and women who have contributed to the development of the nation and have manifested leadership style that distinguish them from ordinary citizens and politicians”.
According to the organizers, the recipients are given these awards “in recognition of their courageous actions and exemplary leadership who have used their public offices as a key instrument to better the lives of many.”
The Senator, according to the organizers won the most votes of Nigerians for the award. At the event, also, the 2020 most outstanding governor will be honoured.
Past recipients of the DHA include former Presidents, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
Akpan’s nomination for the award according to the organisers was in recognition of his patriotic and exemplary role he played in resolving the age-long cost dispute between the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and Chevron Nigeria Limited leading to the signing of the Escravos Gas to Liquid (EGTL) Agreement in favour of Nigeria as well as his pivotal role in sponsoring the Bill to Amend the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act D3 LFN 2004, which was passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, an action believed to have saved Nigeria several billions of dollars.
Also, a Bill to end gas flaring in Nigeria, sponsored by him has received considerable attention in the Senate having passed through the second reading.