March 9, 2016

FG grants automatic employment to children of late Ocholi, inaugurates 13-man burial committee

FG grants automatic employment to children of late Ocholi, inaugurates 13-man burial committee

CONDOLENCE—Daughter of late James Ocholi, Ale and son, Aaron Ocholi at the residence of the late Minister of State at Kado Estate, Abuja, yesterday. Top Right: Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige signing the condolence register for Late Ocholi. Below right: Sympathisers at the residence. Photos: Abayomi Adeshida

Abuja – The Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja announced automatic employment to two of the four children of the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr James Ocholi.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council in honour of the late Minister of State.

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

“The president also directed that we should find immediate employment for the children of late Ocholi who are of working age.

“He died and left behind four children, two of them are university graduates for whom we will find immediate employments in any parastatal or ministry of their choice.

“Again, the president has directed that the other two children, still of school age, be given scholarships up to university level, after which again they would be given employment in any agency or parastatal of their choice.’’

The SGF further said that the government had also inaugurated a 13-man burial committee, comprising ministers, his family members and his church members.

Lawal stated that burial arrangements had been concluded in collaboration with the late inister’s family, as directed by the President.

“As soon as 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 March 16 to18.

“On the March 16, there will be a service of songs at the International Conference Centre Abuja by 7:00 p.m. the corpses will leave Abuja on Thursday.

“A wake keep will be held in his hometown in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi by 6:00 p.m. same day while the internment will hold by 12:00 p.m. on Friday 18.”

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