A man who will be best described as Mr. Empowerment has retired from Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHC). He is no other person than Alhaji Yakubu Lawal.
Last Friday, his colleagues at NDPHC had orgainsed an in-house send- forth ceremony for him. The event had in attendance the top management staff of NDPHC to honour the energy reporting guru. This coincided with his birthday.
Before, he joined NDPHC, he was Special Adviser on Communication and Media, to the Minister of Power under President Yar’Adua. It was from there, he joined NDPHC in 2010. He left a track record of excellent performance there, which is believed to have been instrumental to his employment by NDPHC.
Under his reign as the firm’s spokesperson, NDPHC enjoyed robust and accurate reportage of its activities from all spheres of the media-print, electronic and online.
Yakubu brought to bear professionalism in the discharge of his duties as the spokesman as he enjoyed tremendous support of energy editors, and editors across the country’s media landscape.
This is due to his unconditional love for everybody who come across him. Alhaji Hakubu Lawal has empowered so many people right from his days in the Guardian till date.
He is a man with large heart, who seeks the happiness of others. He is so caring.
He still plays active role in Association of Energy Correspondents of Nigeria, NAEC. Alhaji Lawal is a mentor to members and patron to the association. He commands lots of respect because he is caring.
A graduate of Economics from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. He is a veteran in energy reporting and covered the beat for decades.
Prior to his appointment as the Special Adviser on Communication and Media, to the Minister of Power under President Yar’Adua, then to NDPHC, Lawal had worked for The PUNCH, Guardian among other Nigeria’s top newspapers.
He has travelled to some of the major countries of the World on journalism voyage to cover global energy groups and institutions which included the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC); Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), World Petroleum Congress (WPC); among others.
“A cross-section of Nigeria’s energy journalists referred to him as the father of modern energy reporting in Nigeria; a leader; an effervescent and unassuming benefactor; a mentor; a teacher; among others. Despite all these, he remains an epitome of humility whose career is full of lessons for many.”
Energy Frontier wrote: “Yakubu Lawal has written his name in gold for his sterling performance at the NDPHC and particularly for his contribution to the development of energy journalism in Nigeria. Asides feeding the new generation of energy reporters from his decades of professionalism and journalism experience, he demonstrated how media relations should be done when he crossed to that stratum of communication practice. And, this sufficiently helped placed the NDPHC on a higher pedestal in terms of media relations…