Ministers Visit Late James Ocholi’s Residence

OcholiMinisters of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Wednesday paid a condolence visit to the family of their late colleague, Mr James Ocholi, at his Abuja residence, after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

The delegation, led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, assured the children that the Presidency would support the family of the late Mr Ocholi.

Also at the residence to sympathise with the family was a notable politician in Kogi State, James Faleke, who said that the late minister’s death was a great loss to Nigeria, especially to Kogi State.

Friends of the deceased described him as an upright and brave man who made a great impact within a short period of time.

The visit came after the Federal Government announced automatic employment at the Federal Ministry of Justice for Aaron, the eldest son of the late Minister.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, revealed this to the Ocholi family when he paid them a visit to convey his and President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolence message.

He also told the family that Aaron’s other siblings would enjoy scholarships for their educational pursuits, courtesy of the Federal Government which had pledged to cushion the effect of the loss of their parents.

FG Employs Ocholi’s Son, Gives Others Scholarship

OcholiAs part of efforts to support the children left behind by the late Minister of State for Labour, Mr James Ocholi (SAN), the Federal Government has announced automatic employment at the Federal Ministry of Justice for Aaron, his eldest son.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, revealed this to the Ocholi family when he paid a visit to his Kado Estate residence at about 3:00pm on Tuesday, to convey his and President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolence message.

He also disclosed that Aaron’s other siblings would enjoy scholarships for their educational pursuits, courtesy of the Federal Government who has pledged to cushion the effect of the loss of their parents.

The Minister added that the Senior Advocate was a very critical part of the change effort of the Federal Government.

He said that President Buhari personally mandated him to inform the family of the late Minister that his administration would do all within its power to ensure he is not missed.

Mr Malami consoled them that death was a necessary end that was bound to happen, adding that God in his infinite mercy had a reason for allowing them to depart the way they did.

“I am here to convey Mr President’s condolence message and he has asked me to personally inform you that you have been given automatic employment in the Federal Ministry of Justice. The employment letter is in process and you can resume work after now”, he told Ocholi’s eldest son.

“Your father was a very hardworking and conscientious member of the Federal Executive Council who was very passionate and worked hard for the realisation of the change agenda of this government.

“Indeed, it is a sad moment for all of us and the vacuum which his death has created is not only for the family, but the leadership as well. He was a great pillar in the struggle which brought this administration to power. He played a major role in the merger process,” the AGF said.

Mr Malami also recalled that as far back as the days of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Ocholi was one of those who stood strong behind President Buhari and was one of those who took part in the judicial struggle afterward in an effort to claim the presidential mandate at the election tribunal up to the Supreme Court at that time.

He prayed that his departed soul rests in peace.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment died in a road accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday, March 6, along with his wife and son.

The deceased and his family were returning from a private visit in Kaduna.

President Buhari Mourns Ocholi

OcholiPresident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sadness at the death of Barrister James Ocholi (SAN), who together with his wife and son were killed in a car crash in Abuja on March 6, 2016. 

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari described the Minister of State for Labour’s death as untimely, regretting that Nigeria has lost a key component of the CHANGE agenda.

“Barrister Ocholi was an accomplished and patriotic Nigerian, who was keen to accept the call to service at a time his country needed him,” President Buhari said, adding that in the few months he had been in office, the Minister of State had already begun to distinguish himself through his commitment and dedication to his portfolio.

President Buhari also condoled with the government and people of Kogi State, whom he described as having lost a distinguished and irreplaceable son. He prayed that God would comfort them and grant them the grace to bear the loss.

“The entire country mourns the loss of this great man, who has sadly left us when we need him most,” he said.

President Buhari has also sent the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir, to formally convey the news to members of the deceased family as well as parishioners in his place of worship.

Ocholi has had a long record of political association with President Buhari.

Deputy Labour Minister, James Ocholi Dies In Auto Crash

James Ocholi

The Kogi State Government has confirmed the tragic death of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr James Ocholi, in a road accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

According to a statement from Kogi State government, the Governor, Yahaya Bello, expressed shock at the incident.

Governor Bello described Ocholi as a pragmatic, dynamic, humane and brilliant Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who is known around the world for his dexterous approach to legal and political issues.

The Governor said that the Minister was one of the most unswerving constitutional lawyers in the country.

Governor Yahaya prayed for the repose of his soul. Three days of mourning will be observed in Kogi State from March 7 to 9.

Narrating how the incident occurred, the spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar, told our correspondent that the accident occurred while the family were returning from a private visit in Kaduna at Rijiana village along the expressway on Sunday afternoon.

He confirmed that while the Minister and his son died on the spot of the incident, his wife died few minutes after, at Doka General Hospital, about 60 kilometres to Kaduna, having sustained severe injuries.

According to an eyewitness, the Minister’s Sport Utility Vehicle had a burst tyre before somersaulting several times.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has described Mr Ocholi’s death as a great loss to Nigeria, his family and the Nigerian Bar Association.

Mr James Ocholi was appointed Minister by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2015.

Senator Tinubu Congratulates Nigerian Workers

Senator TinubuSenator Oluremi Tinubu has joined in felicitating with Nigerian workers as they mark the Workers Day, appreciating the “immense contributions” they have made to national growth.

In a statement on May 1, the Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, said that Nigerian workers have formed a formidable force in the growth of Nigeria with their commitment to duty and “they must be proud of their contributions”.

The statement reads; “As a nation we must continue to acknowledge and celebrate their selfless service and their overall contributions to the development of Nigeria.

“As the nation shares and rejoices with you for the hard work, patience and patriotism on May 1st of every year, it is my resolve as member of the 7th Senate and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity to work to ensure that the Nigerian Worker is adequately remunerated and his welfare maintained.

“I will continue to advocate for adequate protection of the Nigerian Worker against industrial hazards.

“In spite the of threats and dangers workers face in the discharge of their national duties and the erroneous security challenges that has crippled our economy over the years due to bad leadership, our workers have remained dedicated and undaunted to the position of government and senate.

“As we celebrate, I congratulate Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), they deserve commendation for uniting and giving a sense of direction to Nigerian Workers . Indeed, the labour of our heroes past has been uplifted.”

Senator Tinubu noted that the 7th Senate had passed into law, legislation intended to encourage, protect and improve the welfare of workers as well as sustaining their standards.

The National Minimum Wage Act and the Nigerian Workers Safety Bills were among the legislation, which she hoped would be sustained as Nigerians usher in a new era of democratic dispensation.