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Former NUPENG Secretary General Frank Kokori Dies at 80

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Former NUPENG Secretary General Frank Kokori Dies at 80

Chief Frank Kokori, the former General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), passed away in the early hours of Thursday, December 7, 2023, at a private hospital in Warri. His death, at the age of 80, coincided with his birthday.

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A Month-Long Battle with Illness

Kokori was battling a kidney-related ailment and had been hospitalized for a month prior to his death. His personal assistant, Atawada Barry Oke, informed the press that his condition worsened on Monday, leading to Kokori being placed on life support and unable to communicate with those around him.

Public Distress Call: A Plea for Recognition

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Before his death, Kokori made a public distress call on November 9, 2023. He expressed feeling neglected and abandoned despite his significant contributions to Nigeria's democratic development. This plea for recognition highlighted the difficulties faced by individuals who have served their country but feel forgotten in their time of need.

Condolences and Visits by Dignitaries

Several dignitaries, including Delta State Governor Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and former Deputy President of the Senate Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, visited Kokori during his illness. Their visits underscored Kokori's influence and the respect he commanded in political and union circles. As the nation mourns his loss, tributes continue to pour in, acknowledging his impactful contributions to the nation's growth and development.

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