MRS SARAH RENG OCHEKPE, born on 4th October, 1961, a Plateau state indigene from Barkin ladi LGA, is a wife, a mother and a religious devotee. She is an astute administrator, an educationist, and a grassroot politician.
MRS OCHEKPE studied and trained as a political scientist from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. She further studied Public Administration at Masters level from the University of Jos. MRS OCHEKPE also had the opportunity of studying education at post-graduate level at the same ABU as well as the Scottish Vocational Certificate from the Aberdeen College of Commerce, Scotland. She holds Certificate in Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Lagos.
In her academic and public service career, MRS OCHEKPE served as an Education Officer, Government Teachers' College, Foron, Plateau State from 1985 to 1986; Director of MAMSER, Plateau State from 1992 to 1993, Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Plateau State. She was also the Executive Director, Admin and Finance, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Headquarters, Abuja, from 2001 to 2004; State Adviser, Plateau State, Universal Basic Education Project Nigeria, British Council, Nigeria, from 2004 to 2006; Policy Adviser, Coalition of Civil Society on Education for All from 2006 to 2007. As a result of her sterling quality and unblemished records in public service, MRS OCHEKPE was appointed by Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State to serve as the Executive Chairman of the Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), from 2007 to 2011, when she was also appointed by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as the Honourable Minister of Water Resources.
MRS OCHEKPE has attended several courses, conferences, seminars and workshops at both national and international levels. She has also published several articles and presented several papers.
MRS OCHEKPE has won many awards such as an Award of Excellence in recognition of her efforts at transforming and uplifting the standard of education in Plateau State. She was also awarded the Life Membership of the National Council of Women Society (NCWS).
MRS OCHEKPE served as member of several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as well as other committees such as Better Life Action Committee, Inter- Ministerial Logistic committee (NEC, INEC, NECON). She also served on Ad-Hoc Assignments/Projects at all levels of government (local, state and federal).
MRS OCHEKPE has served as a member of the Board of Directors of many governmental organizations as well as on many government administrative panels, and high-powered committees.
In community service, she initiated and undertook the N1.3 Million community project, that is, the construction/rehabilitation of the 600m drainage at Miango Junction in Jos metropolis in 1994. She was a Board member of NACWYCA as well as pioneer PTA President of Canaan High School, Jos. She has been a board member of AFRI Foundation since 2005. MRS OCHEKPE also initiated the renovation of a block of 5 classrooms at LEA Vatt-Foron in Plateau State, the construction of deep wells and boreholes in the Kakpwis Federal Ward, Barkin-Ladi LGA.
MRS OCHEKPE is widely travelled. She has visited several African countries like Ghana, Benin, Senegal, Kenya, Mozambique, Chad, Sierra-Leon, and South Africa. She has also visited non-African countries like England, the United States of America (USA), Sweden the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, United Arab Emirate (UAE), China and Israel.
Politically, she has been in grassroots politics in Plateau State since the eighties. She was a pioneer member of PDP in Plateau State and still a staunch and active member of PDP at both state and national levels.
In recognition of her viable contributions,MRS OCHEKPE has been crowned by the Otukpo Traditional Council as the "Ocha'aya Ko'Otukpo" (The Queen of Otukpo). She was crown by the Calabar Traditional Council of Cross-River as the "Obong awan ono mong" (the Queen who gives water). In addition, the Berom women of Abuja crowned her as "Dai-lo Berom" of Abuja (Patron of Berom Women in Abuja.
Her hobbies are supporting orphans and widows, Farming, Reading, Travelling, and community service.
Finally, and to crown it all, MRS OCHEKPE is currently holding an appointment as the Honourable Minister of Water Resources.