by Victor Ahiuma-Young
MEMBERS of the Petro-leum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, in Addax Petroleum, have elected Chris Ogiemwonyi Jnr. as chairman for the second term of three years.
Ogiemwonyi Jnr., who emerged unopposed, was elected chairman through consensus by delegates during the Branch’s 5th Triennial Delegates’ Conference in Lagos.
Other members of the Branch Executive Council, BEC are, Simon Ononekwu, Gerald Agwu, Temidoyo Diabo and Ken Olubo, who emerged vice-chairman, secretary, assistant secretary and treasurer, respectively.
Arodiwe Kenechukwu, financial secretary; Abiola Oyebola, industrial relations officer; Assumpta Uzoma, branch women-in-PENGASSAN; and Bode Odedeyi, internal auditor, were also elected during the conference.
In his acceptance speech, Ogiemwonyi Jnr. urged the new BE C to be prepared for an era of discipline and commitment to serve the branch, adding that they should be prepared to work as a team in confronting challenges ahead.
Earlier, PENGASSAN President, Francis Olabode Johnson, called for collaborations between the management and the branch executive for attainment of organisational growth and industrial peace.
According to him: “Hence, we require openness and transparency to build trust and confidence in one another. Management should endeavour to take the union along in making business decisions that will impact on the employees’ welfare. As unionists, the Branch Executive Council should also sacrifice their individual interest for the corporate interest.
“For the incoming leaders, the work may appear tedious and the road ahead may appear long and hard but I am sure you are amply endowed with all the key ingredients of success; and we pray that the Almighty Lord will grant them the zeal to serve for the betterment of the branch, our members, the company, the industry and the association as a whole.”