NNPC chief mourns late PENGASSAN president

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, has commiserated with the family of Mr Francis Johnson the late President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

Johnson, a former staff member of NNPC, died in the wee hours of Friday May 31, after a brief illness.

Baru in a statement signed by the corporation’s spokesman, Mr Ndu Ughamadu in Abuja, on Thursday described Johnson, as an exemplary officer, diligent, humble and respectful.

He added that he was equally a team player of record.

“Johnson was a gold standard of a productive and resourceful employee who at all times was a pride of an employer.

“The NNPC family will, for a long time to come, surely miss his fecundity,” he said

Baru further said that the death of the comrade came as a rude shock to him and the entire industry.

“It is regrettable that the Corporation, and indeed the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, lost him at this critical point in the transformation of the Sector.

“Although Comrade Johnson died at a highly productive age, a painful occurrence no doubt, yet, the milestones he achieved almost assuage our grief and sense of unquantifiable loss.

This enables us to consider his transition as a celebration of a life well-spent in the service of God and humanity,” he noted.

He prayed the Almighty to give succour to Mrs Johnson, the immediate family of the deceased, PENGASSAN and all the grieving ones over his demise.


Comrade Ndukaku Ohaeri

Engr. Michael N. Ohaeri is an energetic and performance-driven leader reputed for his overtly process-ingrained personality with zero tolerance for short cuts and all forms of subversion. He is a motivated professional and certified Engineer, with over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry.

An experienced Central Working Committee (CWC) and National Executive Council (NEC) member of PENGASSAN, Comrade Engr. Ohaeri has served in many ad-hoc and special Committees of the Association including the highly revered Ethics and Grievance Disciplinary Committee (EGDC) of PENGASSAN.

His leadership style makes him a rallying point at both the Union and place of work, a balancing factor that provides a convergence between productivity and performance not just in PENGASSAN, but also in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

He brought far reaching reforms to the practice of Industrial Relations during his time as the National Industrial Relations Officer from June 2014 – August 2019. He is reputed to have the ability to maintain the delicate balance between Union Members expectations and the goals of Employers and/or Government.