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Ocholi’s Burial Fixed For March 18

Source: thewillnigeria.com

BEVERLY HILLS, March 09, (THEWILL) – Nigeria's late Minister of state for Labour, James Ocholi, who died on Sunday alongside his wife and son in a car accident, will be buried on March 18.

This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, during a tribute session organized in honour of the minister by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

Lawal revealed that the funeral rites of the deceased will hold between March 16 and March 18 starting with a service of songs which will hold on March 16 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

He also said the body of Mr. Ocholi, his wife, Blessing, and son, Joshua, would depart the National Hospital Abuja on March 17, for his home town, Dekina, in Kogi state where a Christian Wake will hold at 6pm.

Lawal said the burial will hold on March 18 by 12 noon at the Dekina hometown of the Ocholis in Kogi state.

The SGF said he is currently chairing a 13-member burial committee that is saddled with the responsibility of organising a befitting burial for the deceased.

Meanwhile, the SGF, also announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the children of the late minister who are university graduates be given immediate employment, while those in school should be given scholarship up to university level.

Two of four children left behind by Mr. Ocholi are university graduates, while one is a student of Covenant University, and the last child is a secondary school student in SS 1.

The accident, which claimed the lives of the three family members, occurred on Kaduna-Abuja road on Sunday.

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President Muhammadu Buhari signing the condolence register for the late Minister of State Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi during the FEC Meeting held at the Council Chamber in Abuja.

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SGF Engr Babachir David Lawal, Chief of Staff, Mallma Abba Kyari, HEAD OF Civil Service, Mrs Winifred Ita-Oyo and NSA Maj General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) for the late Minister of State Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi during the FEC Meeting held at the Council Chamber in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari minutes silence for the late Minister of State Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi during the FEC Meeting held at the Council Chamber in Abuja.

Secertary to the Federal Government (SGF) Engr Babachir David Lawal signing the condolence register for the late Minister of State Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi during the FEC Meeting held at the Council Chamber in Abuja.

Head of Civil Service Mrs Winifred Ita-Oyo signing the condolence register for the late Minister of State Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi during the FEC Meeting held at the Council Chamber in Abuja.

Chief of Staff Mallam Abba Kyari signing the condolence register for the late Minister of State Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi during the FEC Meeting held at the Council Chamber in Abuja.

Cross Section of Ministers minutes silence on the dead Minister of State Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi during FEC meeting held at the Council Chamber in Abuja.

Cross Section of Ministers ; Dr Kayode Fayemi, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, Mr Solomon Dalung, Mr Rotimi Ameachi, Senator Sadi Sirika ands Sulieman Adamu minutes silence on the dead Minister of State Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi held at the Council Chamber in Abuja

Minister of Interior, Lt General Abdulrhaman Dambazau reflecting on the dead Minister of State Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi held at the Council Chamber in Abuja.

Cross Section of Ministers minutes silence on the dead Minister of State Labour and Employment, Barrister James Ocholi during FEC meeting held at the Council Chamber in Abuja.

Story by David Oputah