By Abasifreke Effiong

Professor Ekaette Uduakabi Isong Etuk, daughter of former Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) Governor, Dr. Clement Isong, is dead.

The Late Professor Ekaette Etuk, was the first daughter of the Late Dr. Clement Isong , a former CBN governor whose image appears on the front side of One Thousand Naira note.

Clement Nyong Isong, CFR, was a Nigerian banker and politician who was governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (1967–1975) during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon. Isong was later elected Governor of Cross River State (1979–1983) in the second republic.

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The Late Etuk who was a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, taught at the University of Lagos, Calabar and Uyo. Etuk was Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Uyo, and served as Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Uyo, 2007 – 2010.

The Late Professor Etuk was appointed Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Akwa Ibom state, 2003 – 2007, under Governor Victor Attah.

The Late Professor Etuk leaves behind an aged mother, Her Excellency, Nne Isong, and siblings.

The wife of the Akwa Ibom state governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, on Tuesday paid a condolence visit to Nne Isong over the unfortunate demise of her daughter, Late Professor Ekaette Etuk, who was aged 58.

Daughter of former CBN governor, Clement Isong, is dead Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, wife of he Governor, Akwa Ibom state, consoling Her Excellency, Nne Isong, wife of the former CBN governor and one time governor of Cross Rover state, over the demise of her daughter, Prof. Ekaette Etuk.

The Governor’s wife who led a delegation of women on a visit to the family compound of the deceased at federal housing estate, Uyo, described the death of the academic icon who once served as a Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare as a tragic loss to the state.

The first lady said the departed Professor after a long battle with ill health, has only gone to rest with her creator having fought and won her race on earth.

“I am aware of the health challenge she had to live with over the years, I can only encourage you to be strong in this moment of grief because she left indelible prints on the sands of times. I urge you to take solace in the fact that she fought and won her race and at the appointed time has transited to be with the lord,” Mrs. Emmanuel said.

While extending the Governor’s condolences to the family, Mrs. Emmanuel said she was particularly touched by the demise having been taught by the Late Professor as a student in the university.

The Governor’s wife offered prayers for the repose of the departed Professor and her family.