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Ocholi: One death too many



Ocholi: One death too many
Ocholi: One death too many

Late Barr. James Ocholi

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria was shocked and grief stricken to learn of the death of the Minister of State for Labour, Mr. James Ocholi (SAN), his wife and son in a ghastly auto crash along Abuja-Kaduna express way yesterday.  We feel particularly pained because he was a man we earnestly and patiently waited for in the Ministry of Labour and Employment because of his calm, mien nature, wide knowledge in legal matters.

This is too heavy for us to bear. As a consummate Christian and perfect gentleman he carried out his responsibilities since his appointment with due diligence. Ocholi’s death should serve as  a lesson to all, especially our clime where people take delight in forming cabals to sabotage government’s effort at fixing the country, raping and looting the treasury. It shouldn’t be Ocholi if we had our way. This is one death too many. Ocholi’s death shows the emptiness of life!

Presently, the labour movement and workers generally are passing through a phase, a painful phase that has claimed jobs in thousands in the last one year. Employers taking advantage of the economic situation have embarked on sacking spree. We had thought that with the presence of the likes of Comrade Ocholi, who is known around the world for his dexterity in legal matters in the ministry due process will be seriously considered; little did we know that death will snatch him away from us. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Ocholi’s contributions to the ministry since his appointment last year is been that of dedication and selfless service. He was a major part of the industrial peace we have so far enjoyed in the ministry which of course cannot be forgotten. Ocholi, had always played an active role in team building and social interaction within the labour movement. He had many friends and colleagues in the industry who will miss his wealth of knowledge.

The Congress wishes to passionately appeal to our leaders to always remember that the world is not our home. We are just passing through. And more importantly, we are accountable to our creator. The privilege to serve your country is not an avenue to loot the country dry as we have had it in the recent past. We shall miss our comrade Ocholi, dearly.


Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama

President, TUC                                                                       


Comrade (Barr.) Simeso Amachree   

Ag. Secretary General, TUC


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