Senator Rose Okoji Oko, the representative of Cross River North federal constituency is 60 years old. She earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Calabar and has a Doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Port Harcourt.
She has always been in public service, first as a lecturer in the department of Language and Linguistics in the University of Calabar and then as a public servant when she was appointed as the Commissioner of Education in Cross River State from 1989 to 1992. She transitioned into politics in 1999 when she was part of the team to introduce the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Cross River State. After she retired from public service between 2002 and 2004, she registered and introduced the National Democratic Party (NDP) to Cross River State and served as the Deputy Chair South, Board of Trustees, NDP. She contested as a senate candidate in the 2003 election but lost to a PDP candidate. In 2007, she ran as a gubernatorial candidate for Cross River State but she lost to the PDP candidate. In the same year, she reenlisted as a member of PDP and in the 2011 democratic elections contested to represent her constituency in the Federal House of Representatives and won. She was re-elected in 2015.
Rose Okoji Oko is passionate about education. Her goal as a Senator is to enhance legislation in education, anti-corruption and the economy. It is clear from her profile that she is someone to watch for her tenacity and commitment to the political process.