Francis Johnson, president of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), is reportedly dead.
According to report by The Cable, Johnson died in the early hours of Friday, May 31.
Okugbawa Lukman, general secretary of the union, was unavailable for comment as of the time this report was filed. Lukman neither answered calls nor responded to the text message sent to him.
Sahara Reporters reports that different people from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Lagos have confirmed the death of the PENGASSAN president as they expressed great shock.
"Yes, I just confirmed his death now. I am in great shock. I will be meeting with the TUC president soon" one of them said.
Johnson was first elected president of the association in June 2014 and reelected for another term of 3 years in 2017. He was reelected at he association's fifth Triennial Delegates Conference, TDC, held in Abuja after defeating two other contestants; Mohammed Saleh and Emmanuel Eze.
Johnson, an employee of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had led the members of PENGASSAN against the privatisation of the NNPC and led the struggle for the reform of the Nigerian oil sector.
In another report by Legit.ng, PENGASSAN had urged President Buhari to appoint a substantive minister for the petroleum sector in his second term.
It will be recalled that in the last four years, President Buhari had combined his position with that of petroleum minister, while Ibe Kachukwu, was appointed minister of state for petroleum.
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