Dr. ‘Layi Fatona, the Managing Director of Niger Delta Exploration & Production Plc (NDEP), Nigeria’s leading publicly owned Independent Oil and Gas Company, has been announced as one of the Finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, West Africa 2011, Master Category.
At a black tie Awards dinner in Lagos held on the 4th November 2011, Dr ‘Layi Fatona, was selected as one of the last 5 Finalists for the West Africa region, after a rigorous evaluation process undertaken by independent judges.
The Awards considered wide ranging company criteria, including the financial performance and investments of each nominated Company, each individual’s entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction, innovation and personal integrity. Each company’s impact on its stakeholders, community and its international reach was also considered.
Dr. ‘Layi Fatona, MD, NDEP Plc said, ‘It is a great honor and privilege to be nominated as a Finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur Awards, and I accept this recognition on behalf of the shareholders, staff, Management and Board of NDEP Plc, who have made the Company what it is today.’
‘As this is the first time the Awards have been held in the West African region, it is encouraging that so many viable businesses have been nominated, as seen in both the Master and Emerging Categories. Congratulations also to the overall Winner of the Master Category, Mr. Aig Imoukhuede, Group CEO of Access Bank, who will go on to represent Nigeria at the Global Stage of the Awards.’