Story by Seun Ibiyemi
For its phenomenal growth and impactful service delivery over the last decade, SIFAX Group, a group of companies with investment in Maritime, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Haulage & Logistics, Financial Services and Hospitality has won the Shipping Company of the Decade award. Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, the company’s Group Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, also won the Maritime Industry Living Legend awards.
The awards were conferred at the Season 2 of the Nigeria’s Maritime Industry Living Legends Awards which was held at the Lagos Travel Inn, Ikeja. The event was organized by the Maritime Media Limited.
Speaking at the occasion, MD/CEO of Maritime Media Limited, organisers of the event, Elder AsuBeks said SIFAX Group has distinguished itself as a force to reckon with in terms of quality service delivery and excellent customer relationship, which he noted, have set the company apart among its competitors.
He further said these excellent achievements coming from an indigenous company competing favourably against multinational maritime operators makes the awards more deserving, adding that SIFAX Group has proven beyond reasonable doubt that any competent and committed indigenous company can hold its own and excel, not minding the competition.
“As a veteran in the industry, I have watched keenly the growth of SIFAX Group in the last decade and I must say, they have made me a proud Nigerian. Dr. Taiwo Afolabi has transformed the company into a truly conglomerate business with varied interests in several sectors of the Nigeria’s economy. The company has also extended its business prowess to other countries of the world. Our company is proud to have chosen both SIFAX Group and its CEO as icons that have made significant impact in the maritime sector in the last ten years”, he said.
Receiving the award on behalf of the company and the SIFAX Group boss, Mr. Adewale Adetayo, General Manager, SIFAX Logistics Company Limited, thanked the organisers for honouring the company and its CEO.
He said, “We are the biggest winners here tonight and are so proud of this. I want to assure all stakeholders that we will continue to surpass our previous records and will go the extra mile to contribute our quota to the development of the nation’s maritime sector in particular and the economy in general.
Several dignitaries and stakeholders including Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency attended the award ceremony.