The President, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, Francis Johnson, is dead.
Johnson, it was learnt, died in the wee hours of Friday.
The deceased, who became President of the union in 2014, was said to have passed on after an ailment.
The General Secretary of PENGASSAN , Okugbawa Lumumba, confirmed the development and said members of the union were on their way to pay a condolence visit to the family, adding that a statement would be issued later.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari says he received with deep sadness notification on the passing away of the President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Francis Johnson on Friday.
The President joined PENGASSAN and all labour unions in the country in mourning the visionary leader, whose good nature, understanding and forthrightness helped in improving the welfare of workers, and contributed immensely to the stability witnessed in the oil sector.
President Buhari affirmed that Johnson’s broadmindedness and generosity of spirit by always putting the nation first before all pecuniary gains shaped ease of relationship and smooth operations in the oil sector between employers and workers, recognising his wise and considerate positions in all negotiations.
The President believed the labour leader’s demise is a collective loss to the family, labour movement and the entire nation, urging all loved ones to find solace in the legacy of sacrifice, diligence and patriotism he left behind, especially in speaking up for the voiceless and underprivileged.
President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God will accept the soul of the departed, and comfort the family.