By Mary Bassey, House Of Assembly Correspondent
The Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly, Rt. Honorable Elvert Ayambem has felicitated with Cross Riverians and Nigerians in general on the 63rd independence celebration.
He acknowledged the effort of every Nigerian, especially the forefathers who in one way or the other paid the supreme sacrifice for the independence of the nation as well as keeping it united.
“I write to felicitate with Nigerians, especially the Leader of our party, His Excellency, Sen. Prince Otu, and all well-meaning Cross Riverians on the occasion of our nation’s 63rd Independence Celebration.
“It is true that the Independence we now enjoy was fought for and handed over by illustrious Nigerians, whose spirit of selflessness and ideals of faith in this nation led them to even pay the ultimate price,” he said.
In a statement he issued, the Speaker noted that though the nation has witnessed some challenges, the 63rd Independence affords all another moment to ponder on the sacrifices and labor of the hero’s past.
“It is also true that we have advanced and progressed in our journey through nationhood and the occasion of our Independence affords us another moment to ponder on the sacrifices and labor of our heroes’ past.
“Let me seize this moment to call on the Federal Government to remember the contribution of distinguished Cross Riverians like the late. Okoi Arikpo who served amongst many other portfolios as Minister of Foreign Affairs under the General Yakubu Gowon administration and with his dedication led at a time when the nation fought to stay as one indivisible entity. It is our belief that his strides are worthy of national recognition and immortalization.
“On behalf of the Legislature let me once again wish us all a wonderful Independence Day commemoration.”