Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour, Ocholi dies in car crash

Helen Shok Jok, Nnenna Okoronkwo, Abuja

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi is dead.

The Minister died in a road accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday afternoon.

Until his death, Mr Ocholi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria was only last Friday negotiating a truce between government and the Joint Health Sectors Workers Union of Nigeria JOHESU who has threatened to embark on a nation wide industrial action beginning midnight of Thursday, 10th March.

Reacting in a telephone chat with Voice of Nigeria,  JOHESU President, Biobelemoye Josiah and the General Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, described the incident as unfortunate and regrettable, saying that the late Minister had shown the zeal to bring his wealth of experience to bear on labour issues especially social dialogue on workers welfare.

They prayed his soul and that of his wife and son who also died in the accident rest in peace.

According to eye witnesses, the minister’s car tire blew out which caused the car to somersault several times before crashing to a halt.

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The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has confirmed that the remains of the late Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, have been deposited at the morgue of the National Hospital, Abuja.

Bisi Kazeem, the spokesperson of FRSC, confirmed that the corpse of the minister was taken to the hospital along with two other casualties.

Mr. Kazeem explained that the deceased lost their lives in a crash that occurred at Kilometre 57, along Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday.

“The minister and two other occupants died eventually, while four people were injured,” he said.