Governor Otu commiserates Ambassador Asuquo, late Umanah’s family

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Cross River State Governor, Senator Bassey Edet Otu on Sunday commiserated with families of two stalwarts of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State.

The Governor made his first condolence visit to the home of Etubom Nya Asuquo, a former National Assembly member who was also a Nigerian Ambassador to Uganda.

Etubom Asuquo lost his eldest son, Eyoma Nya Eyoma Asuquo who died at the age of 50 and was laid to rest earlier in the week.

Governor Otu, accompanied by his wife, Rev. Eyoanwan during the visit noted that losing a child at whatever age is a painful event and very unfortunate.

He assured Etubom Asuquo that he places high regard on him for numerous things he has done in the politics of the state and the country, therefore at moments of grief and otherwise, he ought to be by his side.

He prayed that God give Ambassador Asuquo, his bereaved wife; Chief Mrs. Andem Esu Asuquo, and the rest members of the family the fortitude to bear the loss of a grown-up son who left in his prime.

The Governor also stopped over at the residence of the late Chief Eteyen Umanah where he was received by the widow, Dr. Eme Usen Umanah, their four children, and other relatives.

Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River State, 4th from left, flanked by his right is Dr. Eme Usen Umanah, wife of Late Chief Eteyen Umanah, and the four children during the Governor’s condolence visit to the family

Otu recalled the sacrifices late Umanah made for the APC as an Ex-offio member in the state executive of the party until the day of his death.

In a solemn moment the Governor led a prayer for the family and regretted that the late Chief Umanah could not stay longer to enjoy the benefits of an administration he worked assiduously to bring to power in the State.

He maintained that his administration and the ruling party (APC) in the state will not forget the late Chief Umanah and his family.

Responding, the wife of the late Chief Umanah, Dr. Eme Usen Umanah, thanked the Governor for all the support her family has received from his government and the ruling party throughout the funeral proceedings.

She maintained that in many ways, her late husband was honoured and given a befitting burial.

The Governor was accompanied on the visit to the late Umanah’s family by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Emmanuel Ironbar, and some other aides in his government.