By Nsa Gill, The Nation Newspaper
The Governors of Cross River and Plateau States, Prof. Ben Ayade and Simon Lalong as well as former governor Donald Duke and the Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi were among the dignitaries who attended the a valedictory session at the Cross River State House of Assembly in honour of Late Hon. Mike Ogar, a former speaker of the that legislature.
Speaker of Cross River Legislature, Hon. Eteng Williams presided over the session which also had representatives of the Conference of former Speakers of States Assemblies across the country.
Tributes where given by different persons such as the two governors in attendance, the Minister for Transport, former governor Donald Duke, Minister Rotimi Amaechi, Senator Sandy Onor and representatives of former speakers from various zones of the country.
Ayade described late Ogar as a detribalized and highly committed son of Cross River State who bestrode the political scene like a colossus. He said he is particularly pained like the family is because when he learnt that Mike was sick, he intervened for him to get the best medical treatment. And just when it seems he was recovering, news came of his death.
Plateau State governor Simon Lalong said he came to pay respect as the Chairman of former Speakers of State Assemblies even though he is presently a governor.
He acknowledged that during late Mike’s term in office as Speaker of Cross River Legislature, he was a very strong member of the Nigerian Speakers’ Forum and after office; he remained an active member of the Conference of Former Speakers of Houses of Assembly.
Former governor Duke who late Mike served at the same time as Speaker of the legislature had kind words to describe the relationship between the legislature and the Executive at the time.
“Our memories of Mike will always be that of joy and laughter; an infectious laughter that came from his heart.”
Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi joined many others to pay tribute and console the wife and children who were also in attendance for the special legislative valedictory session.
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