By crossriverwatch admin
Media practitioners and friends of the pen profession in Cross River State on Thursday September 17, 2014, (7.00am-9.00am) gathered at the Ernest Etim Bassey’s Center, Calabar in a night of tributes in honor of the late prolific writer and former Calabar correspondent of Thisday Newspaper as well as CrossRiverWatch Reporter, Mr. Jude Okwe.
Journalists from all walks of life, some members of the Cross River State Executive Council, politicians, members of Okwe’s family, friends and members of the public all turned out en mass to pay their respect to late Okwe.
Among the members of the State Executive Council who attended the Tribute Night include the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Patrick Ugbe, The Special Adviser, Budget, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Acting Chairman, State Internal Revenue Service, Ntufam Dr. Peter Akpa Oti, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Mr. Freedom Ejom, The Director General, Jedy Agba Campaign Organization, Dr. Sandy Honor.
Others include Hon. Bassey Ibor, John Omori, Director in the Ministry of Information, Mr. Denis Utang, Barr. Andrew Ashong, Retired Director, Mr Oqua Itu, representative of Thisday Newspaper where Late Okwe last worked, Prof Francis Unimna Angrey of UNICAL, among others.
Tributes were received from several dignitaries including the Commissioner for Information, Chief Akin Ricketts represented by the Permanent Secretary in that Ministry, other tributes were from his last place of work, Thisday Newspaper, The SA Budget, Dr. Peter Oti, Dr Sandy Honor, Mr. Oqua Itu,
The Chairman of Obudu LGA, Mr. Emmanuel Ugbe, came in late but delivered a short tribute in honor of Jude Okwe, and described him as the ambitious one who wrote so well and that Obudu and Cross River State have lost s rare gem.
The Commissioner for Works, Barrister Legor Idagbo was also delivered a tribute in honor of the late writer who hailed from Okirisang village, Obang in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State.
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