IoD Nigeria holds its Annual Directors Dinner and Awards Night
The Institute of Directors Nigeria held the 2021 edition of its Annual Directors’ Dinner and Awards to round off its 2021 activities.
The event which took place on Wednesday 15th December, 2021 under strict compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines, was held at the Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
The event attracted the cream of the business society, icons of industries, top level policy makers in public and private sectors, directors & business leaders, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and Media Houses. The Annual Directors Dinner is an exclusive high-profile event held by the Institute to officially round up its activities for the year and it attracts a cross section of notable Business Leaders and Captains of Industry in both the Public and Private Sectors. It also provides an opportunity for our members to relax, interact, and networks with other directors and stakeholders in a relaxed setting.
Attendance at this event has always been of high and of good quality. The Chairman of the event, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Chairman Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) was represented by Mr. Ayanbanji Ojo. Head Strategy and Corporate Performance Management Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) while the Guest Speaker at the event was Mrs. Ifueko Omogui Okauru, OFR, Managing Partner, Compliance Professionals Plc .
Some distinguished personalities who were honoured with the IoD 2021 Annual award included: Dr. Nosike Agokei, F.IoD, Executive Chairman Planet Governance Advisory Limited, winner the IoD Nigeria Directors Development Award, Mr. Mitchell Elegbe, M.IoD, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Interswitch Plc was honoured with the Entrepreneurial Award, Ms, Benedikter C. Molokwu, DF.IoD, was awarded with the Olutoyin Olakunri Woman Director of the year Award, while Lafarge Africa Plc, won the Corporate Governance Award of the year 2021.
The President & Chairman of the Governing Council of the Institute, Dr. (Mrs.) Ije Jidema, F.IoD, in her welcome address at the event, noted that, “as the year gradually winds down, Directors and Business Leaders need to reflect on the opportunities and most especially the challenges of the outgoing year and share thoughts for better business and economic environment the coming year.
She added that, “2021 has been a challenging year for businesses and our country as a whole, particularly on account of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have exhibited our resilience as a nation despite the lingering challenges.”
She observed that the times we are in provide an opportunity for Nigeria as nation to critically analyse and re-think the business environment and adopt policy options and measures that can create a better business environment and expressed confidence that IoD Nigeria would engage more with all stakeholders in the organised private sector in 2022 in order to help provide the direction that will lead to the achievement of more public-private sector engagement on policy directions.