Leadership remains one of the glaring needs of our society. People are often willing to follow a vision, but too frequently, they have no exposure to either the vision or true leadership.
The Book of Proverbs 29:18 clearly describes where a poor leader vested on a people perishes a vision. The call to leadership is a consistent pattern just like in the Bible and when God decided to raise a nation of His own. He didn’t call up the masses; He called out one leader – Abraham. When He wanted to deliver His people out of Egypt, He didn’t guide them as a group. He raised a leader to do it – Moses. When it was time for the people to cross into the Promised Land, they followed one man – Joshua.
Everytime God desires to do something great, He calls a leader to step forward and lead his people. As a new scenario beckons in the succession plot to our amiable Governor, Chief (Dr) Godswill Obot Akpabio (CON) in a matter of months, God has raised a new leader to lead Akwa Ibom State into the next era of development. God has chosen a new leader to serve his people with diligence and commitment.
God has anointed the choice of a new generation to fill the gaps of the challenges of governance in 2015 and beyond and God has raised a true son of Akwa Ibom State, the heartbeat of the new vision of Akwa Ibom State in 2015 to step forward for the great work.
It was Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that “In maters of fashion, swim with the current, in matters of conscience, stand like a rock,” and today, the foundation for change in the succession of governance in Akwa Ibom State beckons on Bassey Albert Akpan, the servant leader, a leader of the people, the salt and light of the people who has walked the Commandment of God and walked on the path of righteousness as the glory of God continues to lead this emerging leader to steer the ship of governance in Akwa Ibom State.
For Bassey Albert Akpan, this is the appointed time, this is when history becomes reality, this is the season where the vision of God becomes fulfilled, this is the turning point to greatness, and this is where the testimony begins.
Bassey Albert Akpan, a worthy successor to the throne, a good student of history who served his state with all loyalty and commitment, a worthy successor who remained loyal to his Principal and Mentor, Chief Godswill Akpabio all through his tenure, a thorough bred professional whose quality expertise came to the fore in the financial prudence of the state in his seven glorious years to his fatherland, a strong core link with the grassroots whose towering presence with the people remains indelible.
Bassey Albert Akpan, whose rise from a humble beginning to the emerging horizon can be described as divine. The man whose commitment to the actualization of the Uncommon Transformation Projects endeared him to the hearts of the rural dwellers in Akwa Ibom State.
The Young Turk, who walks freely with the masses, eats together with the people, shares his ideologies for a sustained greater future with the people and strives to make the change for the people.
Bassey Albert Akpan, the quintessential leader chosen by the people, ordained by God to serve to leave a legacy for generations.
Accordingly as it has been rightly stated “True success is measured by succession” and a legacy that does not in any way include or feel the need to carry the people along has no eternal value.
That is why leadership is critical and the transformational leadership of Bassey Albert Akpan remains a landmark as he has touched the people’s lives with God’s guidance as he walks the path of glory.
The various inter-ministerial projects which Bassey Albert Akpan supervised across the various wards and senatorial districts in Akwa Ibom may have unknowingly prepared the path for this great hero to walk with giant strides in the new task of governance ahead of him.
His in-depth knowledge of the renovations and construction of school blocks across the state further widens his vision for a sustained, effective and qualitative free education for our children who remain the bedrock of our society.
His supervision of quality health care projects in the various wards overseeing the quality of equipment procured further highlights his commitment to ensure a healthy Akwa Ibom State and provide more facilities to support the existing structures.
The expansive rural electrification projects during his time in charge of the Inter-ministerial portfolio changed the perception in households in the rural areas as today, most of these electrification projects have been connected to the national grid in his leadership.
Bassey Albert’s conscientious strive to ensure that the rural areas have quality water supply through the execution of the various water projects remains another milestone in the implementation of his Principal’s vision for a greater Akwa Ibom State.
As such, when Bassey Albert Akpan, became the revelation of the Governor Akpabio’s administration, the world beyond the people of the state began to take notice of him, they identified in him the sterling qualities of an exemplary leader, they shared his ideologies for sustained development and today, that vision, that hope which the people of Akwa Ibom State conceptualized has now materialized into being a massive movement where all hands have come on deck in making God’s will prevail as in past succession plots in Akwa Ibom State.
What will happen in 2015 at the general elections will not be different because just as the people of Akwa Ibom State overwhelmingly nominated Godswill Obot Akpabio as their flag-bearer that fateful day at Ibom Hall in 2006 despite the previous days of challenges and intimidation, God has once again risen to prevail and given the people a happy choice for them to rejoice at his marvelous works.
The joy of the people of Akwa Ibom State lies in the new revelation, the happiness greatly sought for by the people of Akwa Ibom State lies in Bassey Albert Akpan, a name overwhelmingly known and endorsed across the land and even among the toddlers who sing his name like nursery rhymes as OBA leads his people into the new renaissance of a whole new story.
Bassey Albert’s astute leadership qualities continues to break new grounds daily even more outside government as ethnic barriers continue to identify with him as detribalized and the next face of Akwa Ibom State.
His recent award by the apex-socio cultural organization in Annang land as the Iberedem (Pillar) Nto Annang is another record breaker to his growing and intimidating popularity.
That award remains a significant milestone as Bassey Albert continues to receive widespread endorsements and mobilization on the glorious road to the Hill top mansion in 2015.
Bassey Albert Akpan has made the difference in leadership, he has made an impact in governance, he remains a leading light in the new generation of national leaders, he represents what the people of Akwa Ibom wish, he has become the hope of the masses, he has become the torch bearer to lift a new generation into prominence and he represents that twinkle star that leads Akwa Ibom State on the new horizon.
Bassey Albert’s presence on the political terrain continues to build more bridges of unity across the state. His vision into the next chapter of Akwa Ibom State would chart new policies to create better working opportunities for our teeming youths especially as the industrialization quest finally dawns on the doorsteps of the state.
Bassey Albert Akpan represents a leader who has been groomed by his Principal over the years and his long term experience gives him a head start and strong advantage in this race to victory.
Today, the leadership we seek as a people in Akwa Ibom State bears the hallmark of humility, loyalty and a mass appeal to the people and the resolute confidence of the people to look up into the horizon where Bassey Albert Akpan, the lone star that twinkles brightest, brings a smile of acceptance on the people that a true hero, a true successor who will command the respect of the people he would lead remains the obvious candidate and flag-bearer for Akwa Ibom State and eventual winner at the 2015 general elections.
Just like the shepherds followed the stars that led them to Bethlehem to herald the birth of Jesus, the sign of change for the people of Akwa Ibom State has been bestowed on Bassey Albert Akpan, a wise leader who speaks the truth, a great leader who has embraced the vision and a leader who has great love for his people and he is greatly cherished by the people. You are the next Akwa Ibom mandate. We believe in you our hero.