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TUC, PENGASSAN mourn as Johnson dies


President of PENGASSAN, Olabode Johnson

Members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) were yesterday thrown into mourning following the untimely and painful death of their national president, Francis Olabode Johnson.

Johnson died yesterday morning around 2am at the National hospital in Abuja after he complained of stomach troubles, in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, about 25 kilometres from the National hospital.

Until his passing, he was a staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and was on his final lap of his eventful and transformational six years tenure as president, having been elected in June 2014 and re-elected in 2017.

PENGASSAN said yesterday that Johnson would be remembered by his comrades, co-workers, family and friends for being thoughtful, humorous, compassionate and transparent as he touched the lives of so many. Johnson was also the third deputy president of TUC before his demise.

General Secretary, TUC, Musa-Lawal Ozidi said Johnson was a labour leader of note, a Christian and a father. Johnson’s last outing was a two-day workshop organized by the Warri zone of the union where he decried the unabated killing of children and women in Zamfara and Katsina states by bandits. He had charged government to recruit more qualified personnel into the various security agencies and encourage the deployment of modern technological equipment in crime fighting and preventions saying no amount of resources expanded in securing human lives is a waste.

Johnson commended the gas commercialization plan, which seeks to end gas flaring in the next three years. The framework known as the Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Programme (NGFCP), initiated by the Federal Government to monetize the volume of gas flared in Nigeria’s oil fields is expected to ensure that wasteful practice ceases to exist in the country from when it becomes operational.

PENGASSAN maintained that besides framework’s expected environmental impacts on the oil-bearing communities in the country, it will also add about N306 billion burnt yearly representing a total of 282.05 billion Standard Cubic Feet (SCF) translating to $846 million using the average 2018 price of natural gas of $3per 1000SCF lost through flaring into the nation’s economy.

Johnson would be remembered for steadying PENGASSAN and prevented major industrial crisis in the oil and gas sector and for fighting against casualization of oil and gas workers.

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