New Dawn, PENGASSAN President, Comrade Festus Osifo emphases

The President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Comrade
Festus Osifo on Tuesday 8th of September, 2020 at the National Secretariat, Lagos proclaimed a new dawn for staff of the Association.

Comrade Festus in a welcoming session with the staff of the Association said he recognizes their competency displayed over the years, and he’s committed in providing a happier environment for more productivity. According to him, his zeal for advocating for people, led him into active unionism. He urged the staff to be rest assured as he would put smiles on their faces.

Comrade Festus also made an emphasis on training which he acknowledged as key to developing the staff and thereby increasing productivity. Digitalizing work processes he said is also part of the way to reduce overhead cost and increase delivery speed. The President also said that he believes in staff bonding retreats which will help the development of staff. He urged the staff to be steadfast and committed to their jobs as professionals and maintain healthier relationships amongst themselves.

In his contribution, the Lagos Zonal Chairman, Comrade Simon Onovae encouraged the staff of the Association to support the President and create a happy environment for the Association to thrive.

The General Secretary, Comrade Lumumba Okugbawa thanked the President as he stated that the Association has competent hands capable to move it forward. Present at the meeting were other Central Working Committee Members, the Lagos Zonal Secretary, Comrade Owan David, the Deputy General Secretary (DGS) Industrial Relations, Comrade Ngozi Okagbue and Deputy General Secretary (DGS) Finance and Administration, Comrade Ben Nwangwu.

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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.