Breaking News: Popular Senator, Rose Oko dies in the UK


The representative representing Cross River North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Rose Oko, has been confirmed dead in the UK.



According to the Nation Reports, Mrs Oko died at a medical facility in the United Kingdom on Monday, March 23rd, 2020.

The 63-year-old, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was first elected to the Senate in 2015 and re-elected last year.

She was also a member of the House of Representatives between 2011 and 2015.

Oko is the third member of the 9th Senate to have died since inauguration in June 2019, following the deaths of Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu (Imo South – APC) in December 2019, and Senator Ignatius Datong Longjan (Plateau South – APC) in February 2020.

Rose Oko started her career in the Nigerian Youth Service Corps as a tutor in Edgerly Memorial Girls Secondary School, Calabar in 1981. Between 1982 and 1983 she taught at St. Patricks College, Calabar and in the same year moved to become a lecturer at the Cross River School of Basic Studies Akampka. She held this position till 1984 when she moved to the University of Calabar to become an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics until 1986 when she was promoted to become Lecturer in the same department.

Before her death

In 1989 at the age of 33, she was recognized for her years of service and started her career as a public servant when she was appointed as Commissioner of Education, Cross River State; a position she held till 1991. In that same period, she served as for Chairperson Better Life Programme, Cross River Chapter from 1990–1991. (Wikipedia)

In 1993 she was appointed Director-General, National Defence & Security Council, Cabinet Secretariat under the military presidency. She held this position simultaneously with the National Commissioner, National Electoral Commission (NEC) now known as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Between 1993 and 1994 she was appointed Director-General, Provisional Ruling Council again under the then Military Presidency. In 1995 she was appointed (NCFR) now known as National Commission For Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons. In 2002 she retired. (Wikipedia)

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