Gladys Makoju presenting Lifetime Award to Kola Adesina, Executive Director Sahara Group and Board Chairman Ikeja Electric; Flanked by other power sector stakeholder’s executives, during the 2022 inaugural edition of Nigeria Power Sector Awards at International Conference Centre, last week Wednesday, 23rd November, 2022 in Abuja.
As part of its efforts to recognize giant strides made in bridging the gap in power supply and boosting the economy, the Nigeria Power Sector has awarded individuals and industries for their remarkable and noticeable achievements made in the sector.
The 2022 inaugural edition of Nigeria Power Awards took place at International Conference Centre, Abuja on Wednesday.
The NPS Awards is said to be an initiative to publicly recognize and honor both public and private sector organizations and individuals who have contributed to the growth, innovation, and progress in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI. This strategic initiative is to also showcase the progress made across the industry as to inspire more growth as well as change the narrative of the Nigerian power sector.
Speaking during the fireside chat at the event, the Chief Executive Officer, Ikeja Electric, Folakemi Soetan, stressed the importance of exhibiting an authentic lifestyle to attract those who would want to help to attain greater heights.
Ikeja Electric is an affiliate of Sahara Power Group, the largest privately owned vertically integrated utility group in Sub-Saharan Africa which operates the Egbin Power Plant (largest power generation station) and Ikeja Electric.
While speaking on gender diversity in the workspace and admitting to the fact that men have been her biggest collaborator, the first female CEO in Ikeja Electric, advised women to set themselves apart by exhibiting professionalism and extending the gesture of collaboration with men to achieve the gender inclusion being clamored for. “It is all about having the value, the right attitude, and believing it is possible,” she added.
She further stressed that Ikeja Electric is on a transformation journey, while so much has been done, we are not there yet but have been very deliberate to come up with initiatives that will help take us to where we will like to be.”
Aligning her views with that of the Executive Director, Sahara Group, and Board Chairman of Ikeja Electric, Kola Adesina, also a recipient of the Power Sector Lifetime Achievement Award, she stated that the company will not relent until there is light in Nigeria.
Ikeja Electric remains the proud winner of this year’s Industry Awards on the “Most Gender Diversity Utility Company and Best Electricity Distribution Company” in Nigeria.
Also, the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure, Ahmed Rufai Zakari who received the Leadership and Excellence Award in the Power Sector, expressed appreciation for having recognized what his team is doing under the PMB administration. He said the award aid to highlight positive things happening within the industry even though there has been a lot of misinformation and discouraging comments in the power sector.
Also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, is the Former Minister of Power/Founder Geometric Power Group, Barth Nnaji, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele and a post-humorous award to the late Joseph Makoju.
Other individual award recipients are, the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu who bagged the Trailblazer Award, Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Industry and organizations awarded also include the Best Independent Power (Captive Generation) which goes to Ossiomo IPP Edo State; Best Metering Company which was awarded to Mojec International LTD; Transaction of the Year (Transmission) was awarded to Niger Delta Power Holding Company LTD; Mini Grid Developer of the Year to Havenhill Synergy; Bank/Financial Institution of the Year was awarded to Fidelity Bank PlC; Most Impactful International Agency was awarded to USAID/Power Africa; Best State Government in the Power Sector was awarded to Oyo State Government; Gas Supply Company of the Year goes to Axxela Limited; Transaction Company of the Year (Distribution) goes to Olaniwun Ajayi LP/KONEXA ECOF amongst others.