Friday, 18 October 2019

Prince Otu to celebrate 60th birthday with Orphans, calls on well wishers to join him

Prince Bassey Edet Otu, a one time senator representing Southern Senatorial district of Cross River State has concluded plans to celebrate his birthday with motherless children at the Infant Jesus Orphanage Home NO;4 Bateba Street, Calabar. 

According to a release made available to TDN, the distinguished former senator and humanitarian will among other things present gift items to the children at the motherless home at about 1 pm today. 

The statement also revealed that there will be a Thanksgiving Mass held in his honor latter in the day at 3pm at the Sacred Heart Cathedral of the Catholic Church at Egerton Street Calabar. 

Prince Bassey Edet Otu who turns 60 today, born on the 18th day of October 1959 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 later obtained a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Calabar. Before entering politics, he was engaged in banking and then in the petroleum sector. He also dabbles in farming.

Prince 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 Defence. 

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. Senator Otu as Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), led work on a draft amendment bill that would reposition the Petroleum Technology Development Fund as a more effective vehicle to develop local content in the oil and gas industry. The Senator for effective delivery sponsored the Nigerian Content Development Act, which today has revolutionalised the petroleum sector and has put food on the table of many Nigerians.

In 2011, Most Distinguished Senator Prince 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. He is a receiver of several awards, both locally, nationally and internationally.

In his words, "I joined politics for service to humanity". This is evidentially true.

He is happily married to Mrs. Eyoanwan Bassey Otu and the marriage is blessed with children.