OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Tuesday held a valedictory session in honor of the late Senator Rose Oko, who at the time of her death, represented Cross Rivers North state.
Oko, 63, died in March this year at a medical facility in the United Kingdom.
She was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade and Investment.
During plenary, the Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, moved a motion for the suspension of senate rules to allow family members of the deceased and dignitaries into the red chamber.
Dignitaries who were on attendance include: Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, a former Senate President, Pius Anyim, a former governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, and the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi.
Senators dressed in black and white and some spoke highly of the deceased.
Yahaya described her as very knowledgeable, saying “she was a dependable ally to me in our committee responsibility.”
Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, said her death should serve as an opportunity for lawmakers to reflect on their mortality.
Deputy chief whip, Sabi Abdullahi, in his contribution urged that the Nigeria Diaspora Commission be used as instrument to immortalize her based on her contributions as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organisations in the 8th Senate.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu described Oko as a brave woman who came, saw, and conquered.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks noted that her death was a great loss to the country.
After several contributions, senators observed a minute silence for the deceased.
Read our stewardship report of her tenure in the 8th senate.
In 2018, we spotlighted her on the occasion of that year’s International Women’s Day.
Before her death, she placed third on a ranking of female senators with the highest number of bills sponsored in the first year of the 9th assembly. She had 8 bills to her credit.