…As PENGASSAN president dies***
The Oyo State Government says it has proscribed the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and taken over the control of all motor parks in the state.
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Ibadan, Chief Bisi Ilaka, disclosed this on Friday during a news conference at the Executive Chambers of the governor’s office in Ibadan.
According to Ilaka, the state government took the decision after deliberation with stakeholders.
He said all motor parks in the state had been taken over by the state government with immediate effect.
He added ”all activities of the union remain illegal henceforth and we urge the people of the state to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation.
The chief of staff assured the residents of the state of adequate protection of their lives and property.
Ilaka said that the security task force in every community had been charged to take control of the area and maintain peace and order.
The newsmen report that two factions of the union have been at loggerheads since Wednesday, after the inauguration of Gov. Seyi Makinde.
The factions have been disturbing public peace over leadership of the union in the state.
In the meantime, the President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Mr Francis Johnson is dead.
Mr Lumumba Okugbawa, the Association General Secretary and Mr Frank Esanubi, Deputy President, confirmed the death in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
“On behalf of the National Executive Council (NEC), Central Working Committee (CWC), members and staff of PENGASSAN, we announce the untimely and painful death of Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson.
“Johnson, President PENGASSAN passed on in the early hours of Friday, 31st May 2019 at the National Hospital Abuja, after a brief illness.
“Late Johnson, until his passing on was a staff of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and was on the final lap of his eventful and transformational six years tenure as President PENGASSAN,” he said.
Johnson was elected as president in June 2014 and re-elected in 2017.
Olabode said the late Johnson would be remembered by his comrades, co-workers, family and friends for being thoughtful, humorous, compassionate and transparent.
He said the deceased touched the lives of so many and was the very embodiment of strength, patience, and perseverance.
He added that these attributes had propelled him to develop a deep connection with nature, zest for life and the total transformation of PENGASSAN National Secretariat and initiating the e-library and Events Resources Centres in all of our Zonal offices.
“His joyous laughter and giving spirit will forever be ingrained in our memories.
“Burial rites will be communicated to the general public as soon as we receive information from the family,” he said.