PENGASSAN President, Comrade Ndukaku Michael Ohaeri urges Staff of the Association to be diligent

The President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Comrade Ndukaku Ohaeri on Wednesday 12th of August, 2020 at the National Secretariat, Lagos urged the Association’s staff to be diligent in carrying out their assigned responsibilities.

Comrade Ndukaku who spoke during a valedictory interaction with the staff said that the advice became necessary especially during this period of Covid-19 pandemic that has affected businesses and jobs globally. He therefore tasked the staff to work as professionals so as to add value to the system and be prepared to face the aftermath of the pandemic.

He informed them that within his short period in office he has been able to lay down structures for the Association and the incoming officers to work with, especially in the area of Management policies and investments like the construction of the Port Harcourt E-library and Event Resource Centre which will be used to immortalise the late President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson (FOJ). The edifice he disclosed will be an added source of revenue for the Association.

The General Secretary, Comrade Lumumba Okugbawa appreciated the President for his sincerity, financial prudence and humane disposition to issues that have impacted positively to the fortune of the Association. He also thanked all staff for the positive roles displayed at the last Zonal Delegates Conference held across the four zones of the Association and urged them to replicate same at the forthcoming 6th Triennial National Delegates Conference.

Staff who spoke at the meeting thanked the Management for their regular payment of their earnings during this period of a global pandemic. Present at the meeting were other Management personnel, 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.