How Ayade & others Snubbed the burial of the first signatory to present day Cross River State
July. 13, 2020
It can be recalled that late Senator Joseph Oqua Ansa was the first signatory to the present day Cross River State which saw the creation of a New Cross River State and Akwa ibom state created out of Cross River State in 1987.
In 1979 when Senator Ansa was the Senator representing Cross River Southern Senatorial district. At the helm of creating a new state, there was a struggle of the ogoja Senatorial district and Oron wanting to be part of the present day Cross River.
The ibibio's never wanted the creation of a new state and the life of Senator Ansa was threatened.
The ogoja Senatorial district wanted to be part of the calabar Senatorial district in order not for the state not to be landlocked and having no access to the coast, Senator Ansa went ahead to sign to ensure that the New Cross River State was created.
It is so sad that the Governor of Cross River State Senator Ben Ayade and the seating senator Gershom bassey didn't attend the burial of this great elderstateman neither did they give their support.
It is also a shocker that the presence of the Nigerian labour Congress (NLC) was not felt neither was their support, despite all the fight senator Ansa fought for workers in Nigeria and he moved the motion for 1st of May to be celebrated as workers day in Nigeria.
The Senate President and the entire national assembly failed to attend the burial neither was their support seen despite the fact that Senator Ansa moved the motion for "Senator for life" for every senator.
Senator Ansa holds a national award "Member of the order of the Niger" (MON) but the presence and support of the Presidency was not felt.
Senator Joseph Oqua Ansa remains a hero of Cross River State and Nigeria he deserved a state burial.
It was shocking that the Governor of Cross River State Senator Ben Ayade and his government disregarded the burial of this great elderstateman despite his struggle to the creation of the Present day Cross River State we enjoy today.
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