The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, has announced on behalf of the President Buhari-led federal government that 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 18th.
The SGF who made the announcement on Wednesday at the valedictory meeting of the Federal Executive Council, said a committee set up by the government had met with the late minister’s family and picked March 16, 17 and 18 for the funeral rites, adding that a service of songs would hold on March 17 at the International Conference Centre Abuja by 7 pm.
He also said the body of Ocholi, his wife, Blessing, and son, Joshua, would depart the National Hospital Abuja on March 17, for his home town, Dekina, in Kogi state, adding that the wake-keeping slated for the same day in Dekina, would kick off from 6pm to the next day.
Lawal said internment would take place on March 18 by 12 noon in Dekina.
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.
He said two of four children left behind are university graduates, while one is a student of Covenant University, and the last child is a secondary school student in SS 1.
The SGF asked the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to work out modalities for the scholarship.