The Senate on Tuesday paid commendatory tributes to Late Senator Rose Okoji Oko, who was a member of the 8th and 9th sessions of the Senate before her demise on Monday, March 23, 2020 at a London hospital.
At a special valedictory session in honor of the late Senator Oko, who represented Cross River North senatorial district of Cross River State between 2015 and 2020, Senators took turns to pay tributes to their deceased colleague.
Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan, pointed out that Oko, who according to him lived a very impactful life while alive, and was one of the eight female members of the 9th Senate, who are capable and competent to lead Nigeria.
Personally, describing her as the rose of the nation because of her embodiment of strength and character and her role in education, national unity and development.
Oko was one of the four Senators, who died in the current 9th session of the Senate, adding that she brought well-researched Motions to the floor of the Senate, which were all welcomed.
The Senate Deputy Chief Whip Sen. Aliyu Abdullahi
Niger North Senatorial District opined that because of her contributions to nation building as chairman of the Senate Committee on Diaspora and her role in the establishment of the National Diaspora Commission, advocated for the headquarters to be named after the deceased lawmaker.
He said, “The National Diaspora Commission, which is now an Act, was passed in the last Assembly under her Chairmanship.
“She spearheaded meetings with International Diaspora bodies all over the world; she had an agreement with them on how the Commission would be, and how Nigerians in Diaspora can contribute to national development.”
“I think we should consider naming the Headquarters of the National Diaspora Commission after her,” Abdullahi added.
Similarly The Senate Minority Leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe, yesterday called on the federal government to name the headquarters of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) after the late ranking Senator Rose Oko
The session was witnessed by personalities including a former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, former Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River, former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, and Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen.