Born on 30th August, 1978, Hon. Aniekan Bassey hails from Ekim Enen Village in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He attended Christ the King Nursery and Primary School between 1984-1991; had his secondary education at Uyo High School; 1991- 1993 and Senior Science College Abak between 1993-1996. He came out in flying colours. He did a one year Remedial Studies in the University of Uyo after which he studied for a Degree in Chemistry. He also studied and obtained another Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the same university. He presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology; Master’s Degree in Development Studies from University of Uyo.
Before venturing into politics, Hon. Aniekan started business at age 17 and has garnered vast entrepreneurship spanning two decades with interests in manufacturing, building and construction, security and surveillance as well as hospitality providing jobs to more than 300 Nigerians. Business firms he founded and co-founded includes Technocraft Contractors his first Company at age 19; a communications and securities outfit vested in sales and installations, Germain Products and Allied Services Ltd; leading producers of paints, resins, gum and vanishes, wood sealants, etc. There is also the gem grand Lodge and gem lounge; a reputable and award winning hospitality outfit and Technogem; a civil engineering, architectural and quantity surveying outfit, etc.
In 2015, he heeded the call of his people to serve them; contested and won an election into the State House of Assembly to represent the good people of Uruan State Constituency. He has been Chairman House Services Committee and Deputy Majority Leader of the 6th Assembly. He was also the Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology. In the 6th Assembly, he sponsored and co-sponsored a good number of bills and motions as well as matters of urgent public importance with direct bearing on the people of Uruan and the state in general. Co-sponsored several bills includes Bill to protect the Physically Challenged Persons against all forms of Discrimination, Bill to establish Constituency Projects Development Fund, Bill to establish Building and civil engineering construction Materials Quality and Control Centre, Bill to establish Akwa Ibom State Utility Infrastructure Management and Compliance Agency, Bill to establish Akwa Ibom State Social Housing Scheme and Bill to establish Akwa Ibom State Youth Development Fund among others. Motions and matters of urgent public importance includes the murder of Daniel Bassey Solomon from Ifiayong Usuk whose case is being vigorously pursued in court; the need for Akwa Ibom State Government’s Involvement in Agricultural Value Chain to Ensure Sustainable Food Security and improve Foreign Earning and the need to curb the invasion/annexation of Uruan LGA by marauding militants from Cross River state.
As Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Services, he proactively supervised the renovation of the Assembly Chapel, VIP Lounge, the Assembly Chamber and Gallery, Conference Hall and the General Reception, etc. His coming as Chairman brought about a complete turnaround of the ambience of the Assembly complex.
He is an embodiment of achievements, an inspiring fellow, an entrepreneur par excellence, proactive business guru, institution builder, mentor, creative thinker, role model, outstanding and quintessential lawmaker of the 21st century. The sterling qualities that stands Hon. Aniekan out as a man of the people includes his unassuming and humble disposition; does not drive around in tinted vehicles and security aides, and most often drives himself to work. He is accessible to his people both at home and office.
While his life has been that of inspiration, development, empowerment and motivation, his actions have remained positive as they have helped to promote the greatest good for the greatest number. His leadership qualities and exemplary life is captured in the words of Admiral Stockdale who said that, “Men of service and impact are never out of job and never out of followers; they do not pass this clime often. They are part of a rare breed of whom service is life itself.”
Indeed, you are a man of many parts and a noiseless achiever. Your reign will be eventful.