Dangote wins employers’ lifetime achievement award

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Alhaji Aliko Dangote, president, Dangote Industries Ltd. (DIL), has bagged a lifetime achievement award by the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), the umbrella body of employers in the Organised Private Sector.

DIL’s Group Chief Branding and Communications Officer, Mr Anthony Chiejina, said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

According to the statement, DIL was also named “Best Company in the Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Sector” at the 2021 Employers Annual Excellence Award.

NECA president, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, said Dangote was recognised for his huge contributions to nation-building and economic development through his various investments and the attendant job creation opportunities.

Adeniyi, describing the business magnate as a torch-bearer in the private sector, commended his investments in sectors capable of improving the nation’s economic wellbeing and transition from importer to net exporter.

He explained that the employers excellence award was meant to celebrate outstanding contributions of enterprise to national development.

He added that the award was geared towards promoting and encouraging best practices in corporate performance, people management and industrial relations practices by employers in Nigeria.

“The annual award provides a platform for identifying, ranking and celebrating the resilience, doggedness and outstanding performance of employers in Nigeria.

“It is to recognise and publicly award enterprises that have exhibited excellence in leadership, governance, innovation, corporate performance and human resource management, amongst others.

“This annual event equally provides feedback to participating employers on their status regarding attainment of best practices in corporate performance, people management and industrial relations,” he added.

Dangote Group’s Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development and Capital Projects, Mr Devakumar Edwin, described NECA as an organisation that promoted leadership, good governance, innovation, productivity and corporate performance.

These qualities, he said, made the award to be cherished by both Dangote and the company.

“NECA continues to remain a partner in progress, rewarding deserving companies for their contributions to national development.

“The Dangote Group will continue to contribute its quota to nation building and promote responsible business in all sectors of its operations,” he said.

Dangote Group has presence in 10 African countries, providing employment for thousands of young Nigerians and Africans.