Mele Kyari, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has been bestowed with the African Leadership Commendation Award by the African Leadership Magazine.
Kyari bagged the award at the 5th US-Africa Investment Forum and the African Business Leadership Awards 2020, which was held virtually.
Speaking at the ceremony, Kyari commended the African Leadership Magazine for recognising the little effort of his management team to reposition the petroleum corporation to deliver value to the Nigerian people.
Kyari, a former group general manager, crude oil marketing division of the NNPC, described the award as a challenge to do more and reposition the petroleum industry on the path of sustainable growth.
“For the little effort we are putting to deliver value to the Nigerian people to be recognised is worth minding, this has also thrown a new challenge at us, telling us that we need to do more, that this company can deliver more value to its shareholders and, ultimately, the Nigerian people will recognise that this company is serving them,’’ said Kyari.
Other award recipients at the ceremony include Ahmed Shide, minister of finance and economic cooperation of Ethiopia; and Ernest Kwamina Yedu Addison, governor of Bank of Ghana, the country’s central bank; Olugbenga Agboola, CEO, Flutterwave; Segun Ogunsanya, CEO, Airtel Nigeria; Funke Opeke, founder, MainOne, among others.
The African Leadership Award was established by the African Leadership magazine to reward exceptional corporate leadership and contributions to the development of Africa and the remarkable accomplishments that leaders have achieved on the continent.