As part of plans to riddicule the good works been established by the tireless and amiable senate representing Cross River Northern Senatorial District, Rose Oko, a group known as the Cross River North Good Governance Forum, has embarked on a mischievous move to halt her re-election in 2019 general elections into the Upper Legislative Chambers.
The concern group, who was borne out of the desire to see a better representation from/for Cross River Northern Senatorial District, stated that Senator Rose Oko has achieve nothing to deserve a second chance in power based on some antecedent such as the none approval of many bills that she sponsored or co-sponsored at the floor of the Upper Chambers which never saw the light of the day.
There is no doubt that many of such group in Cross River State are merely attention seekers, trying to hug the headlines or perhaps, making themselves relevant in the society.
Though they tagged Senator Rose Oko’s re-election campaign as akin to taking Biblical Israel back to Egypt having already been redeemed from age-long bondage, however, the tone of their message shows clearly that they may have been sponsored by some politicians who are also seeking for that position in 2019.
Besides, this is democracy, where everybody has liberty to preach his or her gospel in order to be heard but then, no amount of preachings would dent her achievements, philanthropist nature and dream of gaining the massive votes of the people of Cross Riverians in 2019.
Led by the Coordinator and Supervisory Councillor for Health at the Abuja Municipality Area Council (AMAC), Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Hon Gabriel Bravo Oluohu also tagged Senator Oko as being worst in the 8th Assembly, in terms of exploitation, wickedness, and nepotism; a statement which typically shows the ‘mischievous act’ in their mode of criticism.
For the records, an independent report by Daily Trust revealed that Cross River State female senator representing northern senatorial district on the upper legislative chamber, Senator Rose Okoji Oko topped other senators in the state with seven bills to her record.
Senator Oko, who sponsored seven bills in the current 8th Senate is closely followed by Senator Owan Enoh representing central senatorial district with five bills, while Senator Gershom Basset of southern senatorial district sponsored one bill.
Taking into consideration a wide-range evaluation of the landmark achievements of Distinguished Senator Dr (Mrs) Rose Okoji Oko in the education sector presents a platform for one to appreciate the senator’s dedicated passion for quality education and her commitment to guarantee the future of children as leaders of tomorrow.
The senator’s unprecedented and enduring feats in the education sector has gone a long way to demonstrate the high premium she places on education as the bedrock of nation building as well as on the economic, political and socio-cultural development of the society.
Senator Oko has over the years reaffirmed her commitment and belief in qualitative, accessible, affordable and inclusive education in Nigeria, Cross Rivers State and Cross River Northern Senatorial District, which she currently represent at the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.
The several TETFUND Special Interventions she facilitated as Deputy chairman Education (Tertiary) in the house of representatives, such as; University of Calabar, CRUTECH Okuku, Ogoja, Obubra and college of Education Obudu as beneficiaries of these laudable projects, continue to speak volume.
It’s pertinent at this point to call on the public to take a critical look at the workings of the Senate taking into consideration, Bills, motions, Senate committees engagement, oversights and contributions on the hallow chamber because we have been duelling more lately on constituency projects, empowerment programmes and job facilitation.
Distinguished Sen. Rose Oko, Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora and NGOs, who is also the Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary) and member of other Senate standing committees have the underlisted Bills to her credit.
Some of these bills have been passed into law while some are in different stages of legislative processes;
1) A bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria, cap. c23, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 for the establishment of the financial crimes court under the constitution and for other matters related thereto -SB113
2. A bill for an act to establish the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, provide for the engagement of Nigerians in diaspora in the policies, projects and participation in the development of Nigeria and for the purpose of utilizing the human, capital and material resources of Nigerians in diaspora towards the overall socioeconomic, cultural and political development of Nigeria, and for other matters related thereto.
3. A Bill for An Act to provide for the mandatory inclusion of cassava to edible flour in the production of all flour in Nigeria and for other matters connected therewith -SB152
4. A bill for an act to amend the Central Bank of Nigeria Act no.7, 2007 to ensure transparency and accountability in the operations of the bank and subject the banks intervention advances to the approval of the National Assembly and for related matters. –SB64
5. A bill for an act to alter the provisions of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, cap. C23, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 to provide a timeframe for the appointment of ministers by the president and to ensure that portfolios are assigned to ministerial nominees with state of origin indicated prior to confirmation by the senate and for other matters related thereto-SB151
6. A Bill For An Act To Amend The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (Establishment, Etc) Act, 2011 To Align It With The 1999 Constitution Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Restore The Sovereignty Of The Naira As The National Currency,
Ensure Transparency Of Its Funding And Entrench Parliamentary Accountability And For Other Matters Connected Therewith–SB38.
7) National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment)Bill 2018.
8) National Planning Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
As a matter of fact, it would only be a waste of time for the concern group to propagate such stories about Senator Rose Oko knowing fully that Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has endorsed her for re-election in 2019.
To this end, it will be ideal for the Cross River North Good Governance Forum to join force with Sen. Oko’s campaign train in promoting and supporting her goal of retaining her seat as senate representing Cross River Northern Senatorial District at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019.