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.
Next, We shall Track and Consider the Bills one after the other and what these bills seeks to achieve when passed.
By Ogar Wodah, A Comrade in the Struggle.