PENGASSAN tasks Kyari on subsidy, vandalism, others

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), has charged the new Group Managing Director (GMD} of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Mele Kyari, to urgently tackle challenges confronting the oil and gas industry.
The oil workers identified the challenges to include: pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft, inadequate infrastructure, pricing uncertainties and the contentious fuel subsidy issues among others, which must be discharged very fast.
PENGASSAN, in a congratulatory message, and signed by its General Secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa, described Kyari’s appointment as well-deserved and a recognition of his 27 years contributions and exemplary service to the NNPC Group, the nation’s oil and gas sector, and the growing economy that is majorly dependent on the industry.    
“Your appointment did not come to our association as a surprise, because it is a testament to your hard work, dedication to duty and exemplary leadership quality. Our Association having watched your steady and impactful progression over the years welcome this great honour, higher responsibilities and challenges vested with this new appointment.”

The workers also commended his predecessor, Dr Maikanti Baru, for his contributions to the growth of the industry, saying that history will remember him for his good works that brought stability to the industry in terms of industrial relations management, and free flow of refined products.

PENGASSAN also described its partnership with Baru as legendary, for which they will forever remain grateful, and wished him the best of luck in his future endeavours.


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.