Nigerian Senate mourns Rose Oko


The Senate on Tuesday held a valedictory session in honour of late Senator Rose Oko.

Oko represented Cross River North and died on March 23, 2020.

The session followed a motion by Senate Majority Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya (APC Kebbi -North).

NAN reports that Senators dressed in white and back attires took turns to pay tributes to the deceased.

Yahaya said the Senate could not hold the event earlier because of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the annual National Assembly vacation.


“Rose Oko was very knowledgeable, a dependable ally to me in our committee responsibility. She will be remembered for her brilliance, Yahaya said.

Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP Abia) expressed sadness that Oko was the fourth senator to have died since the inauguration of the ninth Senate.

He said her demise was an opportunity for everyone to reflect on their mortality.

Sabi Abdullahi (APC Niger) advocated the naming of the headquarters of the Diaspora Commission after her.

He recalled Oko’s contributions as Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) in the eighth Senate.

Oluremi Tinubu (APC Lagos) described Oko as a brave woman who lived a significant life.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, noted that the deceased impacted positively in her state and national level.

He assured that the Senate would continue to liaise with the family for the funeral slated for November.

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