The Advisor of the Dangote Group, Joseph Makoju, has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the just-concluded West African Power Industry Awards.
The event held in Lagos also saw Akon Lighting Africa scoring a double nod of approval from the industry with two awards, namely Best Renewable Energy Project and Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year.
The African Development Bank walked away with the Project Transaction of the Year accolade for its OMVG Energy Project in The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.
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 several categories. The awards formed part of the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC).
Makoju received the biggest accolade for his impact on the industry.
Before joining the Dangote Group, he worked in several organisations including Shell-BP; Blue Circle (UK) and WAPCO where he was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for about a decade before taking up an appointment as Managing Director and Chief Executive of National Electric Power Authority.
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 remains an honorary member of the board.
He holds a number of awards including a national honour from the Federal Republic and the Republic of Niger.
Makoju won the Lifetime Achievement ahead of 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 and CEO, and Reuben Okeke, Director General, NAPTIN Nigeria, were also nominated.
The West African Power Industry Convention is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.