By Victor Okoye
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem and the Vice President of the Silverbird Group, Guy Murray-Bruce were amongst 28 other recipients of the maiden edition of Nigeria most respected CEO’s Awards.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the award ceremony which held in Abuja on Saturday saw 30 personalities receive awards in different categories as the most respected CEOs in various sectors of the economy.
Baroness Paulette Kporo, CEO, The Nigeria Business Executive Ltd. told NAN that the awards were conceptualised to identify and publicly recognise the CEOs in each sector of business and industry who were the most highly regarded and appreciated by various stakeholders.
“We realised a vacuum in the reward system in the corporate community of the country.
“We then reckoned that there were many Chief Executive Officers in Nigeria who had achieved alot in the various sectors in which they operated but who were not well celebrated,” she said.
She explained that the winners in each category were chosen by the general public, adding that selection process was very comprehensive.
A cross section of the awardees who spoke to NAN on the side line of the event expressed joy at being recognised as the best amongst an elite group of other outstanding CEOs in the country.
Patience Madlion, CEO, Shedrack Madlion’s Foundation, said her zeal to become the best in her field was borne out of the passion of her late husband.
“Shedrack Madlion was my husband. I unfortunately lost him in 2018 to kidnappers on Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.
“While he was alive, he was the voice of Agriculture. He championed the course of replacing aging farmers with young farmers.
“So, when he passed, I felt I should take up the challenge and I have been able to empower over 22,000 women across the world through my NGO,” she said.
Halifa Rabiu, CEO, Halba Plastic and Recycling Company Ltd., said it was a great and exciting feeling for young CEOs like he to be recognised.
“It is good to know that there are people who see and appreciate our little contribution to the growth and development of the country.
“I work really hard and have plans to take this recycling business to the next level in Nigeria.
“We plan to export Nigeria’s waste abroad, both to the U.S. as well as other European countries in the near future,” he said.
Obinna Onungwa, CEO, Cargoworth Alliance Logistics Ltd., said the award was testament to his hard work in the industry, stressing that his watchword was perseverance and integrity.
“We are into freight forwarding, cargo and logistics and so we don’t take lightly the trust our customers bestow on us to deliver.
“The business can be quite challenging although and most times it is the government policies that affect the industry.
“But we are coping and hopeful that the economy will keep improving so that our business can continue to grow,” he said.
LIST OF AWARDEES:
Freight Forwarding and Logistics – Dada Aigbe, CEO, Confidence Cargo Ltd.
Real Estate (Commercial) – Amb. Lawrence Oloche, CEO, Promise Land Estate
Travel and Tour – Olugbenga Adebayo, CEO, Gadeshire Travel and Tours Ltd.
Commercial Cleaning Services – Olayiwola Olayinka, CEO, Pleasant Cleaning Services Ltd.
Consultancy (Human Resource) – Joel Ejiofor, CEO, Norado Consulting
Pharmaceuticals – Pharm (Mrs) Nnadumijie-Nwosu Leoni, CEO, Eudora Pharmacy
Non-profit – Patience Madlion, CEO, Shedrack Madlion’s Foundation
Catering Services – Akanimoh Etuk, CEO, Yummies Delight
Information and Communication Technology – Mohammed Olantunji, CEO, Starnet Technologies
Construction (Building) – Ifeanyi Samson, CEO, Sam Mog Nig. Ltd.
Plastic Recycling – Halifa Rabiu, CEO, Halba Plastic and Recycling Company Ltd.
Telecommunication – Adedokun Johnson, CEO, Changes Concept Mega Ventures Ltd.
Photography – Korede Olabanji, CEO, Photonimi Photography Company Nig. Ltd.
Consultancy (Engineering) – Egnr. Abiodun Amusa, CEO, Palmone Engineering Ltd.
Real Estate (Luxury) – Amb. Dr. Julius Oyedemi, CEO, Pwan Plus Business Concerns
Consultancy (Legal) – Barr. Tracy Akpana, CEO, Legal Lex T.E.A and Associates
Maritime – Gendon Oboso, CEO, Obadon Maritime Ltd.
Insurance Health – Dr. Kolawole Owoka, CEO, United Healthcare International Ltd.
Real Estate (Private) – Dr Victor Onukwugha, CEO, Bauhaus International Ltd.
University (Public) – Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, V. C. University of Ilorin
Stationaries – Muideen Ibrahim, CEO, Bamib Resources Ltd.
Industrial Goods – Chief Saleh Nabil, CEO, M. Saleh and Co. Ltd.
Manufacturing (Ceramics) – Bhaskar Rao, CEO, West African Ceramics Ltd.
Restaurant – Dr. Tola Awosika, CEO, 355 Group
Import and Export – Obinna Onungwa, CEO, Cargo worth Alliance Logistics Ltd.
Aviation Educational Institutions – Oladayo Gideon, CEO, Aeroport College of Education
Postal/Courier Services – Adelana Olamilekan, CEO, Zenith Carex International Ltd.
Cosmetic Dermatology – Prof. Dr Patience Johnson, CEO, Derma Contour Aesthetic and Beauty Clinic
Cinema – Guy Murray-Bruce, Vice President, Silverbird Group. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)