PENGASSAN commissions E- Library/Event Centre in Rivers State


* Immortalised the centre after the immediate past president, late Comrade Francis Olubolade – Johnson

By Gladys Nweke

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has commissioned N1.5billion e -Library and multipurpose centre in Rumuodumanya in Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers State.

The event centre was immortalised after the immediate past national president of the union, the late Comrade Francis Olabode-Johnson, has halls, ultramodern e-library, auditorium, facility for catering services.

Commissioning the centre in Port Harcourt, the National President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Nduka Ohaeri, said the e-learning centre was the vision of late Francis Olabode-Johnson, and would be used to keep history of oil and gas development in the country.

Ohaeri also disclosed that plans are underway for the union to set up an LPG plant in Rivers State as a means of creating jobs for the public and also to generate revenue for the union, as the union’s only source of revenue has been check-off dues from members.

The library is principally going to be looking at oil and gas development in Nigeria. It is not enough people read in history that oil was first discovered in Olobiri. So we are going to put documents, where people will come in to read about oil and gas, as well as the policies that have guided this God-given resources.

The e-learning centre will be a reference for research, it will also provide history and documents on PENGASSAN as one of the foremost union in Nigeria, our achievements, prospects and challenges.

Also speaking, the Port Harcourt Zonal Chairman of PENGASSAN, Azubuike Azubuike, disclosed that the multipurpose centre and e-library was not only for members of the union, but was open to members of the public.

This is our own way of contributing to societal development and again as a way of immortalizing our late leader, and to also encouraged the living that the good things they have done for the society will not be in vain.

The e-library and multipurpose centre is open for all members of the public to subscribe, we are not creating any class, because class is what brings about inequality in the society, and inequality is what brings about crime, which is what PENGASSAN wouldn’t want to do.


Also speaking, the chairman of Obio/Akpor Local government area of Rivers, Prince Solomon Ekeh, commended PENGASSAN for the level of development sited  in Obio/Akpor, saying that he was the one who gave approval free of charge before the building was done in his tenure and it was completed in his tenure and overwhelmed by the kind of investment done in the local government by PENGASSAN and encouraged them to collaborate with the national health insurance scheme  the local government would take charge and it’s free for all as he promised to partner with PENGASSAN, and we are happy for the magnificent edifice sited here, even the proposed LPG plant in Eneka that’s sited in Obio/ Akpor which we need more of this, the chairman noted.


Meanwhile, the widow of the immediate past PENGASSAN President, Mrs. Adeswa Olabode-Johnson, expressed her joy for the union for immortalizing her late husband by naming the centre after him and for keeping his dreams alive.


I’m happy and I thank God for PENGASSAN to fulfil my husband’s dream and for keeping his dreams alive. I appreciate the President and all members of the union, they have been so great and faithful to my family, I thank them for being there for my  family, she said.