SPOTTED: Two years after his death, Ocholi still listed as FEC member by Nigerian Embassy



James Ocholi, former Minister of State for Labour, is still listed as a member of the Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the website of the Nigerian Embassy in the United States of America, even though he died two years ago.

Ocholi died in a ghastly motor accident along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway on March 6, 2016, alongside his wife, son and driver.

However, two years after the death of Ocholi, the Nigerian embassy in the US is yet to update the list of FEC on its website to reflect that Ocholi is now deceased and that Stephen Ocheni, also from Kogi State, was appointed to replace him as minister of state for labour.

    Ocheni was assigned the portfolio on August 17, 2017 by Yemi Osinbajo, who was at that time the Acting President.

    Could it be that Stephen Ocheni is yet to be recognised as a FEC member by the Nigerian Embassy in the US as is evident on its website?

    Meanwhile, Ocholi is not the only person who is no longer a FEC member, but is still listed as one. Amina Mohammed, former Minister of Environment, who left the federal cabinet since 2017, to take up an appointment as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, is still recognised as a minister on the website of the Nigerian Embassy in the US.


    Another candidate from Gombe State, Suleiman Hassan, was appointed as a replacement for Mohammed, but was deployed to the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing as the second Minister of State.


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