Francis Olabode Johnson, President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria ( PENGASSAN) has died.
Comrade Johnson died at midnight, after a brief illness in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
A source who confirmed the news on Friday said that the PENGASSAN President complained of having a headache before he gave up the ghost.
“He (Johnson) died at midnight in Port Harcourt after he complained of a sudden headache,” he said.
“We tried to battle his life but before we knew it what happened, he had given up the ghost”.
Different people from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Lagos also confirmed the death of the PENGASSAN President as they expressed great shock.
“Yes, I just confirmed his death now. I am in great shock. I will be meeting with the TUC president soon” one them said.
Mr Johnson was first elected as the President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on June 30, 2014.
He was later re-elected in 2017 at the association’s fifth Triennial Delegates Conference, TDC, held in Abuja after defeating two other contestants; Mohammed Saleh and Emmanuel Eze.
Johnson, an employee of the NNPC was re-elected for a second term of 3 years that will have terminated in 2020.
Johnson led the members of PENGASSAN against the privatization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and led the struggle for the reform of the Nigerian oil sector.