Late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, SAN, who died Sunday in a ghastly motor accident along Kaduna-Abuja road with his wife and son, will be buried next week.
The family is said to have proposed Wednesday – Friday next week for the burial of the late minister to the federal government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige when he visited the family of the deceased in Abuja yesterday. The dates are however subject to the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Online news report has it that the decision to bury the former minister without much delay is because Ocholi died at a young age and that only people that had lived old enough that their burials were delayed.
The minister’s death has been described as very pathetic and a blow to the family, friends and relations who are yet to come to terms with the tragedy. It was further gathered that the burial has to be done as soon as possible so that there will be time to plan for the future of the four surviving children as well as reduce their pain and agony.
It was also said that because the late minister was a devout Christian, delaying his body and that of the wife and second son would clash with the Easter activities. “It is only if it is a celebration of life for one that is old that we delay the remains. The minister did not die at the ripe age so there is no way we could continue to delay the burial. His death is pathetic to us,” a family member stated.
Barrister Ocholi died on Sunday with his wife and second son in a ghastly motor accident along Kaduna-Abuja road where he went to attend a church programme.
Meanwhile, more sympathizers were seen yesterday trooping his residence in Kado Estate, Abuja wearing mournful looks while security men, including the police have been having hectic day controling the traffic at the adjoining streets to his residence.
Reacting to the deaths, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige over the tragic death of the minister.
The Comrade Ayuba Wabba-led faction of NLC in separate condolence letters to President Buhari, governor Bello and Senator Ngige said that the deaths of Ocholi and members of his family were big loss to the organised labour in the country.
The letter to the president read in part:, “In the brief moment we have worked together, I found Mr Ocholi humble, lively and knowledgeable. I had no doubt in my mind he was an asset in government-labour relations and certainly, he was going to play a more critical role in the future.
“His death is therefore a big loss to all of us. Your Excellency, although the full details are yet to emerge, the death of Mr Ocholi brings to the fore two issues I consider critical. These are state of our roads and executive speed.
“The economic challenges at the moment notwithstanding, your intervention will help save more lives. Time has come no doubt for the Federal Road Safety Commission to work hand in hand with executive drivers and possibly, their principals on speed control.”
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the UPP, Chief Okorie in a statement in Abuja said that the members of the party were heartbroken over the death of three members of the Ocholi family who were returning to Abuja from a church programme in Kaduna.
According to the statement, “ Ocholi was an embodiment of patriotism and a politician’s politician. We are saddened that he died at a time he was in active service as a Minister of the Federal Republic. Our thoughts and prayers are with members of the Ocholi family. We pray to God Almighty to give them the fortitude to bear the loss of their loved ones.”

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  • amazing2012

    He should be dismissed !