Comrade Festus Osifo emerges as the PENGASSAN President

In the early hours of Friday 28th August, 2020, Comrade Osifo Festus of Total Nigeria PLC emerged as the 16th President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN). Comrade Festus Osifo defeated his sole challenger Comrade Roland Frederick of Shell Petroleum by 17 votes. A total of 384 delegates drawn from the Association branches nationwide participated in the 6th Triennial National Delegates Conference held at the NAF Conference Center Abuja.

Comrade Festus Osifo

Others elected are Duru Mathew as Deputy President, Victor Ononokpono as National Treasurer, Ngozi Chiwendu as Chairperson, Women in PENGASSAN, Charles Ogbowu as National Auditor 1, Kabiru Dan’Azumi as Financial Secretary, Kelechi Ugwulo of NALCO as the National Industrial Relations Officer and Bosun Olaniyi is the National Auditor 2. Comrade Anietie Udoh emerged unopposed as the National PRO. All the elected officials, including the Chairmen and Secretaries of the Zonal Councils elected at the Zonal Delegates Conference have been sworn in by the General Secretary of the Association, Comrade Lumumba Okugbawa.

Comrade Festus Osifo in his acceptance speech, promised to abide by the Association’s constitution in all his dealings, while fighting for the protection of members’ job and welfare. He thanked the delegates for electing men and women of character who he promised will not disappoint the confidence bestowed on themFestusComrade Osifo in his acceptance speech, promised to abide by the Association’s constitution in all his dealings, while fighting for the protection of members’ job and welfare. He thanked the delegates for electing men and women of character who he promised will not disappoint the confidence bestowed on them.

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President

Comrade Festus Osifo

Comrade Festus Osifo is a holder of a First-Class degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from University of Portsmouth UK. Prior to that, he attended Iyobosa Primary School and his secondary school education was at Immaculate Conception College (ICC) both in Benin City, Edo State. His brilliancy manifested as he emerged as the overall best graduating student (valedictorian) 2003/2004 session from the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun where he obtained HND in Mechanical Engineering with distinction. He is also a distinguished alumnus of the prestigious Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh, United Kingdom where he obtained a Masters’ of Science degree in (M.Sc.) Petroleum Engineering.

The new PENGASSAN President is currently an Executive MBA student at Lagos Business School of Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, where he is further developing himself in leadership and strategic management.

Comrade Osifo has attended numerous courses, seminars and conferences on Leadership, Industrial Relations, and Strategic Management in Nigeria and abroad among which are Advance Negotiation Strategies: Mastering the Art and Science of Negotiation: Harvard University, USA; Modern Trend in Conflict Resolution and Management; Washington DC, USA; Industrial Relations and Conflict Resolution; and Emerging Leader’s Forum; Washington DC, USA.

Comrade Osifo, is a member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in Nigeria and a Non-Executive Director at Heiwa Africa, an NGO that works in settling the internally displaced persons in Middle Belt and North Eastern part of Nigeria.

As a great lover of education, Festus founded “Save Our Children Education Initiative” (SOCEI), a nongovernmental organization that provides free and qualitative learning to primary and secondary students with special focus on school dropouts.

Festus currently represents Total E&P; Branch of PENGASSAN as a director on the board of Total E&P; Closed Pension Fund Administrator (CPFA). The new PENGASSAN President hobbies include football, Lawn Tennis, and unfathomable engineering intelligent activities.