The National President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, (PENGASSAN), Comrade Festus Osifo has emerged as the new President of the Trade Union Congress, (TUC).
The election that produced Osifo held on Tuesday, July 19th at the International Conference Centre, Abuja during the 12th Triennial National Delegate Conference of TUC.
Announcing the results, the returning officer, Comrade Shehu Mohammed said that a total of 728 delegates participated in the election with Osifo pulling 688 votes to defeat his opponent, Comrade Oyikan Olasanoye who had 18 votes. Twenty two votes were declared invalid.
Osifo who assumed office as President of PENGASSAN in August 28, 2020 had previously served amongst others, as PENGASSAN Producers Forum Chairman, between 2016 to 2018.
The Edo born unionist is a first class graduate of the University of Portsmouth. He’s also an alumnus of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI).
He holds a Master degree in Petroleum Engineering from Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
The new TUC President is a member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) and Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
In his acceptance speech, Comrade Osifo vowed to fight for the welfare of the masses as well as the protection of the interest of every Nigerian worker. He commanded the past leaders of the Congress for laying a solid foundation on which the body thrives and vowed to sustain the vision. Osifo promised to carry everyone along in his quest for a greater TUC while also pledging to initiate a platform to placate all agrieved comrades .