Lafarge Africa Plc has celebrated and rewarded its trade partners at a grand Customer Awards ceremony to demonstrate its appreciation for the contributions of its distributors across the country to the success and growth of its business in 2015.
While welcoming the over one hundred customers from across Nigeria to the event held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Sales Director, Lafarge Africa Plc Mr. Sam Ndionyenma explained that the Key Distribution Scheme, a strong route to market distribution system which has been vital in expanding the company’s distribution footprint would be rolled out nationwide.
He congratulated the distributors for delivering the quality Lafarge Africa demands of its partners.
According to him, “building materials are as good as the quality of their delivery channels, they must arrive at the users’ sites in the quality they left our plants”.
Commending the dedication of the customers further, he said “You have given us the confidence to expand into new technical segments. We are starting three Readymix plants this year in addition to the 8 we have built since 2005”.
In her address at the occasion, the CEO Cement, Lafarge Africa Plc, Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo, stated that the importance of this year’s event is underscored by the fact that although the customer awards started in 2005, this is the first pan-Nigeria awards ceremony, covering its operations in the North (AshakaCem), the South (Unicem) and South West (WAPCO).
She stressed “This is the first time we are able to bring all our key customers across the country together to celebrate your contribution to the growth and success of your company
Adebayo said that: “Actualizing Lafarge Africa’s vision has led us to an increased focus on customer transformation through value adding experiences and partnership. We are dedicated to being the first choice innovative solutions provider by developing value-added products and solutions to fulfil the growing needs for housing and infrastructure and, building better cities. We are also ensuring a deep understanding of how our products are used and the value they create and engaging with our customers to develop products and solutions tailored to their needs”.
Adebajo thanked the distributors for helping to sustain the availability of the products all over Nigeria, while maintaining the company’s culture of safety. According to her: “safety is our number one priority. We are very happy that you have enthusiastically bought into this culture as is evident in how you have taken on our requirement to keep your trucks in good condition and the consistency with which your drivers are trained on safe driving”.
In his key note address, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Lafarge Africa Plc., Mr. Mobolaji Balogun, reiterated that the reason behind the annual awards was to express the company’s gratitude to the distributors for their support for the growth of the business in Nigeria.
He stated that Cement Company has a strong heritage of over 50 years in Nigeria with the distributors’ consistent contributions to meeting expectations of outstanding quality and safety that generations of Nigerian professionals and end users have of her products and services. “We deem it important to continually recognize and energize the existing partnership between us as an organization and you as our customers by acknowledging and valuing your distinctive impact on the company’s performance. It is imperative to note that your continued dedication and partnership are paramount for the past, present and future successes of our company”
At the end of the event, several dealers went home with numerous prizes including cars, which were given out based on performance. The top performance award of 2016 Kia Sportage was presented to Mabos Ayok Inv. Co. Ltd; Day-Kings Solutions Ent.; Raheed Ishola Ventures ltd; Batoframog E Ent and Kpaksbuddy Nig. Ltd.
While Rosent Invest Ltd and Ubotex Nig. Ltd each received 2016 Honda CRV as Special Recognition Award for WAPCO Operations and UNICEM Operations respectively; Maiyaki General Merchant Ltd was presented with 2016 Kia Sportage as Special Recognition Award for Ashaka Operations.
In the same vein, Temitope Oil Nigeria Ltd, Ebony D Great Ent; Jolly Friends; Ibukun Oluwa Ent., U Meakasons, John-Jeff Nig. Ltd, Rose Sej Business Ent Ltd, and Adamu Mohammed Aba received the Regional Champions Award of an all-expense paid trip to Cape Town, South Africa for their efforts.
Other distributors, corporate partners and outstanding sales staff of the company, also won various electronic gadgets such as LED TVs, Generators, Tablets and Cash Awards as well as corporate products.
Responding on behalf of the awardees, the star winner, MD Kpaksbuddy Nig. Ltd, Mr. Enobong Ukpanah who won a Kia car expressed his gratitude to God and the management of the company for recognizing the contributions of the dealers to their business, noting that the quality of their brands of cement made it possible for him and the other winners to achieve the impressive sales target for the year. He assured that the trade partners would continue to support the company to help it achieve it business goal in the country.