Gershome Bassey's Profile

Gershom Henry Bassey (born March 18, 1962 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian politician and businessman. He is the senator representing Cross River South Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate. He is a senator of the 8th and 9th National Assembly in Nigeria respectively.

Personal life and education

Gershom Bassey (born March 18, 1962) in Lagos, Nigeria, hails from Calabar South local government area of Cross River State. He is married to Chioma Gershom-Bassey with children. Bassey attended Corona School Apapa, Lagos for his primary school then moved on to Federal Government College, Sokoto where he obtained his West African School Certificate in 1977. In 1979, he received his A-Level certificate from Greylands College, Isles of Wight, United Kingdom. He also studied Engineering Production and Economics at University of Wales, Cardiff where he graduated with a BSc in 1984. In 1986, he received an MSc in Construction Management from Brunel University London.

He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers (NICE) and has received an award of recognition from the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).


Bassey started his political career when he was appointed Chairman, Cross River State Water Board in 1999. He also served as the Chairman of the Strategic Policy Committee in Cross River State. In 2014, Bassey declared his interest for the seat of the senate for Calabar South senatorial district. In 2015, he was elected Senator for Calabar South senatorial district. He was also appointed the Vice Chairman of the Senate committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream).

In 2017, Ripples Nigeria made a publication of a list of "Bench Warmer" senators and Senator Bassey was number five on the list.

In the run up to the 2019 elections during the People's Democratic Party primaries, Bassey reportedly had a confrontation with his opponent Ntufam Ekpo Okon which eventually led to a fight and postponement of the primaries by the Cross River State Senatorial Primary Election Committee. It was also reported that supporters of Ntufam Ekpo Okon attacked the motorcade of Bassey. Following the attack on Bassey, Ntufam Okon was disqualified by the Cross River State Senatorial Primary Election Committee and Bassey emerged the winner.

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