FG offers employment, scholarship to late Ocholi’s children

Timothy Choji, Abuja

PRESIDENT BUHARI AND MINISTERS PAID TRIBUTES TO LATE OCHOLI 7A&B. 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. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE/STATE HOUSE. MARCH 9 2016

The Nigerian government has offered automatic employment to two of the four children of the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr James Ocholi.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal announced this during a valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council in honour of the late Minister.

He said the other two children will be offered scholarships to enable them conclude their studies.

It was a sober mood at Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, as it was a valedictory session in honour of the departed Minister of state for Labour and Employment, Mr James Ocholi, who died on Sunday alongside his wife Blessing, and Son, Joshua.

Addressing the Council, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal said President Buhari had since directed that two of the four children left behind by the late Ocholi, who are graduates, be employed immediately while the remaining two, who are still schooling be offered scholarship.

“The late James left behind four children, two are university graduates and they are the first and second born,  the fourth is in Covenant University part one, the fifth is in secondary school, while the third is the one that died with him in that accident. The President has graciously approved that we secure employment for the graduates among them and then provide scholarship for the remaining two,” he said

Funeral Rites

He announced that burial arrangements have been concluded in collaboration with the late Minister’s family, as directed by President Buhari.

“As soon a s we got his directive, we set up a burial committee comprising 13 people, drawn from government, the family of the deceased and his church. After series of meetings, the burial rites will hold from 16th-18th of March, 2016. On the 16th, there will be a service of songs at the International Conference Centre Abuja by 7:00 Pm, the corpses will leave Abuja on Thursday 17th, a wake keep will be held in their hometown in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi state by 6:00 Pm same day, while the internment will hold by 12:00 Pm on Friday 18th,” Mr Lawal explained.

The Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps Boboye Oyeyemi presented an interim report on the accident that claimed the lives of the Minister, saying excessive speeding, lack of the use of seat belt by rear occupants of the vehicle and tyre burst were responsible for death of the three.

President Buhari later signed the condolence register, as the Ministers took turns to pay tributes to their departed colleague.