The executive chairman/chief executive officer of BUA Group, Abdulsamad Rabiu, has been shortlisted as a nominee for the Africa CEO of the year Awards scheduled to hold in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, today.
LEADERSHIP learnt that Abdulsamad Rabiu was nominated based on his outstanding performance track record in the economic/industrial development of the continent across key sectors of the Africa economy such as agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure, among others.
Other individuals nominated alongside BUA’s Abdulsamad Rabiu are the founder and chairman of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia; CEO, Equity Bank, James Mwangi; CEO, Telcar Cocoa, Kate Kanyi Tometi Fotso; founder and chairman, Econet Group, Strive Masiyiwa; managing director, Saham Finances Nadia Fettah; and CEO, Attijariwafa Bank, Mohamed El-Kettani.
According to a statement from BUA Group, within the year under review, the Group commissioned its $1billion ultra-modern cement plant line 1 and 2 in Obu-Okpella in Edo State, completed the construction of its Sokoto Cement expansion, concluded the construction of its BUA Rice Mill in Kano State, and completed its BUA Sugar Plant in Port Harcourt.
According to the organizer, the Africa CEO of the Year Award recognises the leaders, companies and investors whose strategies and performance have contributed most to the momentum of Africa’s growth over the past year. More than 200 companies, investors and CEOs have been nominated over the last five years, embodying the vitality of Africa’s economy.
Also, according to the organisers, Abdulsamad Rabiu will be one of the main speakers at the opening plenary session tagged, “Tech Revolutions: Widening Gap or Leapfrog Opportunity?” on March 26, who would address issues associated with technological disruption, job creation and the adoption of policy for education, infrastructure and governance for Africa.
The 2018 edition is organised by Jeune Afrique Media Group, Rainbow Unlimited and co-hosted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) with BUA as a Gold Sponsor of the Forum.