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Chemster CEO, receives Lagos State man of the year award

By Guardian Nigeria
16 November 2021   |   2:40 am
The Centre for Policy Development and Political Studies (CEPODEPS) has conferred the Lagos State Man of the Year Award (LASMAYA) on the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chemstar Group

Aderemi Awode

The Centre for Policy Development and Political Studies (CEPODEPS) has conferred the Lagos State Man of the Year Award (LASMAYA) on the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chemstar Group, manufacturer of Finecoat and Shield Paints, Dr. Emmanuel Aderemi Awode.

Awode emerged winner having won with massive votes of 6,150 (more than 50 per cent of valid votes cast) to beat nine other nominees for the ninth edition of the award this year.

Speaking at the conferment ceremony held at Agidingbi, Ikeja at the weekend, the Director-General of the group and Chief Organiser, LASMAYA, Dr Aderemi Ifaolepin, said it was noble to acknowledge and reward excellence in Nigeria where cynicism prevailed in many quarters, as well as appreciate those who have made positive changes in the society.

Ifaolepin said the award aims to identify, recognise and project outstanding personal achievements in the private and public sectors, excellent performances, selfless service to humanity and the state, exemplary leadership qualities as well as consistent high moral standard and integrity.

He said Awode has recorded superlative personal achievements, as well as his ideals and aspirations, which are people-oriented.

Ifaolepin noted that when hard work, transparency and integrity are celebrated, corruption and bad performances are driven away, adding that recognising people that have done well will inspire others to work hard.

On his part, the Rector, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Prof. Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi, lauded the Chemster Group Chairman, saying he has an exemplary character and has distinguished himself, especially in his service to humanity through several Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

According to the rector, Awode has been providing job opportunities to the best graduating students in the chemistry department of the institution for over a decade, as well as donating a chemistry laboratory and borehole to the school.

On his part, Awode expressed gratitude for receiving the awards, stating that it is a recognition of his modest contribution to his immediate environment.

He said the award is a further challenge to support more humanitarian ideas and engage more hands in gainful employment, especially as his company has provided jobs to over 1, 000 Nigerians.

Awode, however, challenged everyone to help humanity, adding that governments all over the world cannot eliminate the infrastructural gaps alone.

“The society needs men and women of wealth and wisdom to change the poverty narrative of the country to a very pleasant condition. Giving is not because you have too much or surplus, but simply a culture of ensuring that we make an impact on the underprivileged,” he said.

Awode further promised to rededicate his life to greater advancement of humanity and quality.