The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), has described the death of its president,Francis Olabode Johnson, as untimely and painful.
The union, in a statement issued and signed on Friday morning by its deputy President and General Secretary, said Francis Johnson died in the early hours of Friday at National Hospital Abuja, after a brief illness.
The statement read: ” On behalf of the National Executive Council (NEC), Central Working Committee (CWC), members and staff of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), we announce the untimely and painful death of Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson, President PENGASSAN in the early hours of Friday 31st May 2019 at National Hospital Abuja, after a brief illness.
“Late Comrade F.O. Johnson until his passing on was a staff of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and was on his final lap of his eventful and transformational six years tenure as President PENGASSAN, having been elected to that position in June 2014 and re-elected in 2017.
“Comrade Johnson will 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 and was the very embodiment of strength, patience, and perseverance.
“These attributes propelled him to develop a deep connection with nature, zest for life and the total transformation of PENGASSAN National Secretariat and initiating the e-library and Events Resources Centres in all of our Zonal offices.
“His joyous laughter and giving spirit will forever be ingrained in our memories,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the union said burial rites will be communicated to the general public as soon as we receive information from the family.