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Profile of the late Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi

06 March 2016, 23:38Lekan Oladeinde

Abuja - The late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi was born November 26, 1960.

He was the second child in a family of six.

He attended Ochaja Secondary School,Agada, Kogi State.

He lost his mother at a tender age and became the breadwinner of the family.

Through hard work and diligence, he won a scholarship from the then Benue State government to study Law at the University of Jos.

He graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 1986 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar the same year.

Ocholi was a public counsel from 1987-1988 in the firm of D.D Peter Achimusi in Idah, Kogi State and there after left for a private practice.

Also read: PHOTOS: Scene of auto-crash involving late Minister Ocholi

In December 2007 he was conferred with the prestigious title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

He was the Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of the Abuja chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association.

In 2011, he was governorship aspirant in Kogi State on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Between 2013 and 2014, he was deputy national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In the 2015 presidential election, he was the Kogi State Coordinator of the Buhari/Osinbanjo Campaign Organisation.

In June 2015, he sought the APC gubernatorial ticket at the party’s primary election, losing to the late Abubakar Audu. 

He was compensated with a ministerial appointment in 2015.

During the ministerial screening by the Senate, Ocholi made such an impact on many Nigerians that they compared his session with that of former Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola.

He hails from Dekina Local Government area of Kogi State.

Watch Ocholi's screening as a minister below:

- News 24


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