Nigeria’s Chantelle Abdul, has been adjudged the Outstanding Woman in Power, in West Africa.
Abdul is the CEO of MOJEC Meter Company & MOJEC Power – a key player in Nigeria’s power industry.
At the third edition of the West African Power Industry Awards took place at this year’s West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC) during a gala dinner where industry pioneers and projects were recognised and celebrated in eight different categories.
Ms Abdul clinched the award ahead of six other Africans that made the final list. They are Bahijjatu Hadiza Abubakar, National Coordinator of the Renewable Energy Programme, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria; Damilola Ogunbiyi, General Manager, Lagos State Electricity Board, Nigeria; Eunice Biritwum, CEO, CENIT Energy Limited, Ghana; H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, Founder, Abze Solar S.A., Burkina Faso; and Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director: Africa Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Ivory Coast.
WAPIC Power Industry Awards celebrates the triumphs and successes of West Africa’s power sector and its players brought together about 200 of West Africa’s most renowned power industry professionals. It is the leading event and platform to recognise, reward and celebrate the success of West Africa’s power sector during 2016/17.The awards according to the WAPIC aims to recognise, reward, promote and encourage outstanding leaders, organisations and projects who are exemplifying inspiration, vision, innovation, leadership and transformation in the power industry.
Under Ms Abdul’s leadership in the Post power sector privatization era, Mojec’s footprint and market share grew from 20% to 80%, with eight out of the 11 utilities in the country as clients.
She built a nationwide network of Engineers and installers across her 8 Distribution client zones with a manpower capacity of over 3000 men that saw the deployment of MOJEC’s Smart meters into hundreds of thousands of Nigerian homes.
Today, MOJEC is not only the leading meter manufacturer and installer under the Government led metering initiative, Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) to the electricity Distribution companies(DISCOs) but is also the leading large meter roll out partner to major utilities in the Country.
A consummate business woman, key power sector stakeholder and serial entrepreneur whose experience and reach despite her young age, traverses the globe-from the America to Africa and Asia, Ms Abdul, as Managing Director and Chief Executive of Mojec International holdings presides over a portfolio of companies that are leaders in their respective industries namely: Mojec Power, Mojec Meter Company, Mojec Real Estate, Agriculture and the firm’s latest venture: “Innov8” – The African Innovations Fund.
One of her first achievements as the CEO of MOJEC International, was to raise millions of dollars to build Nigeria’s largest state of the art Smart Meter assembly facility with an installed capacity of over a million meters annually and a monthly capacity of 100,000meters monthly. Speaking to newsmen recently, Ms Abdul said her aim is to position Mojec to be one of the few indigenous companies floated on the New York Stock Exchange. To do so, she has set out to build a strong indigenous company with a global outlook. As a starter, she expanded the firm’s portfolio from Meter manufacturing to Power generation, transmission and distribution services. Under Ms Abdul’s leadership in the Post power sector privatisation era, the firm’s footprint and market share grew from 20% to 80%, with eight out of the 11 utilities in the country as clients. She built a Nationwide network of Engineers and installers across her 8 Distribution client zones with a manpower capacity of over 3000 men that saw the deployment of
The Special Recognition Award went to Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Ghana while the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) took away the coveted Excellence in Power Transmission or Distribution Award.
WAPIC, a flagship, regional conference and exhibition, is taking place in Lagos from 23-24 November with an exciting interactive programme that reflects the dynamic energy landscape of the region and will once again attract some 2000 power professionals, high-level experts and industry stalwarts during the 13th edition of the event.
WAPIC 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. Other flagship events in Spintelligent’s power portfolio on the continent are African Utility Week, the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), iPAD Rwanda Energy Infrastructure Forum and iPAD Cameroon Energy & Infrastructure Forum.