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Former NUPENG Gen-Sec Frank Kokori dies on 80th birthday

Renowned elderstatesman and former General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Chief Frank Kokori, has died after a prolonged illness.

The veteran unionist who had made a distress call from his sickbed, breathed his last at about 1.30am in the early hours of Thursday, December 7, 2023, precisely marking his 80th birthday.

His demise, described as ‘leaving a void in the trade union community,’ was announced around 2.30am by his personal assistant, Atawada Barry Oke.

He notes that the respected labour leader’s health had deteriorated earlier in the week, rendering him unable to engage with those around him, ultimately requiring life support.

The passing of the octogenarian comes just one month after he lamented his neglect and abandonment on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from his hospital bed.

Despise his significant contributions to the democratic progress of the nation, the late Kokori had expressed his grievances about the lack of attention to his deteriorating health.

He was described as a man who left an indelible mark on the Trade Union movement, with his death noted as marking the end of an era.

Joke Kujenya
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