By Anthony Okafor
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has joined the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, to mourn the death of its President, Comrade Francis Johnson, describing him as an exemplary officer, who was also diligent in his job.
A statement by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, which was contained in a letter to the wife of the labour leader, Mrs. Adesawa Johnson, also stated that the late PENGASSAN president was humble and respectful, adding that he was equally a team player of record.
Baru said, “Johnson was a gold standard of a productive and resourceful employee who at all times was a pride of an employer. The NNPC family would, for a long time to come, sorely miss his fecundity.
“It is regrettable that the Corporation, and indeed the Nigerian petroleum industry, lost him at this critical point in the transformation of the sector. Although Comrade Johnson died at a highly productive age, a painful occurrence no doubt, yet, the milestones he achieved almost assuage our grief and sense of unquantifiable loss, enabling us to consider his transition as a celebration of a life well-spent in the service of God and humanity.
“We pray the Almighty to give succor to Mrs. Johnson, the immediate family of the deceased, PENGASSAN and all the grieving loved ones over his demise.”
Petroleum ministry mourns
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, MPR also condoled with the PENGASSAN over the demise of its National President.
In a statement in Abuja, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, said the ministry would greatly miss Johnson, especially for his immense contributions towards the growth of the Nigerian petroleum industry.
She said, “The ministry expresses deep sympathy and condoles with the National Executive Council, NEC, and the National Working Committee NWC of PENGASSAN over the sad death of its National President, Mr. Francis Olabode Johnson, whose death occurred in the early hours of Friday, 31st May, 2019.
“Mr. Johnson-led PENGASSAN and the Ministry enjoyed a very cordial relationship with the entire rank and file of PENGASSAN for the growth of the oil and gas sector in particular and the advancement of the nation in general.
“The Ministry will greatly miss his cool head, calm disposition and great grasp of the trends and understanding of policy directions of government. Our sympathies also go to the wife and children of Mr. Johnson and pray to God to grant him and the rest of the Johnson Family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss, Amen.”