Thursday, 26 November 2015

Dangote Group’s Joseph Makoju, Akon Lighting Africa and the AfDB big winners at West African Power Industry Awards in Lagos

Dangote Group’s Joseph Makoju, Akon Lighting Africa and the AfDB big winners at West African Power Industry Awards in Lagos200 top power professionals gathered for 2nd edition of coveted awards

Joseph Makoju, Honorary Advisor for the Dangote Group, was honoured with the  Lifetime Achievement Regional Award during the sold-out gala dinner at the West African Power Industry Awards in Lagos on Tuesday evening. Akon Lighting Africa scored a double nod of approval from the industry with two awards, namely Best Renewable Energy Project and CSR Initiative of the Year. The African Development Bank walked away with the Power Transaction of the Year accolade for its OMVG Energy Project.

Some 200 top power professionals gathered for the second edition of the coveted awards evening to cheer on and celebrate well-known industry pioneers and companies in seven different awards categories. The awards form part of the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) which is taking place this week at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos.

The full list of winners and runners-up in the West African Power Industry Awards 2015 are:
Lifetime Achievement - Regional Award, West Africa
Winner: 
Joseph Makoju, Honorary Advisor, Dangote Group, Nigeria
 
Joseph Makoju has been honorary adviser to the President and chief executive of the Dangote Group since 2009. Before joining the Dangote Group, he worked in several world-class organisations including Shell-BP; Blue Circle (UK) and WAPCO which he headed as managing director and chief executive for about a decade before taking up an appointment as managing director and chief executive of National Electric Power Authority. Mr Makoju served as special adviser (electric power) to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria under two separate administrations. He was pioneer chairman of the board of the West African Power Pool for eight years and today remains an honorary member of the board. Mr Makoju holds a number of awards including a national honour from the Federal Republic of Nigeria - Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR) and a national honour from the Republic of Niger - Grand Commander of the Special Order of Merit (GCSO).
Finalists:
  • Abubakar Sani Sambo, Chairman, Nigerian Member Committee, World Energy Council, Nigeria        
  • Henry Paul Batchi Baldeh, Senior Vice President + Head of Power, Africa Finance Corporation, Nigeria
  • Kandeh Yumkella, CEO, SE4All initiative, Sierra Leone     
  • Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Ghana     
  • Oladele Amoda,  Eko Electricity Distribution, Managing Director + CEO, Nigeria
  • Reuben Okeke, Director General, NAPTIN, Nigeria. Read More...

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