By Ignatius Okorocha
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has received with shock the news of the death of Senator Rose Oko, who until her death, was the Chairperson, Senate Committee on Trade and Investment.
Senator Oko, who represented Cross River North Senatorial District at the Senate, died on Monday at a medical facility in the United Kingdom where she was receiving treatment.
In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media),Ola Awoniyi Lawan commiserated with the deceased Senator’s family and the loved ones she left behind.
The Senate President also condoled with the people and government of Cross River State over this loss.
Lawan said Senator Oko’s death was a great loss to the Senate and also to Nigerian women in politics.
The Senate President said that the late Senator will be greatly missed by her Distinguished colleagues in the Ninth Assembly.
He prayed that the Almighty God will comfort her family and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
Similarly, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has said Senator Rose Oko was a gentle amazon who used all within her to serve her people and the nation.
According to Senator Omo-Agege, the demise of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Trade and Investment, is a great loss to her constituents, the people of the South-South geo-political zone and the nation at large.
“In June 2015, Senator Oko became the first female Senator to represent Cross Rivers North senatorial district and in 2019, she was re-elected by her constituents.
“Before her elevation to the Senate, she represented Yala/Ogoja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives in the 7th National Assembly.
“As Chairman of Senate Committee on Trade and Investment and in her capacity as Senator representing Cross Rivers North senatorial district, Senator Rose Okoh diligently strove for the betterment of the lot of our people.
“Coming so soon after the exit of Senators Benjamin Uwajumogu and Longjan Ignatius Datong, who represented Imo North and Plateau South Senatorial District respectively, this is really a great shock.
“We pray that light perpetual shines on her gentle soul and that God comforts all those she left behind,” he stated.