In November, Suleco Company Limited bagged the Woman Contractor of the year 2014 in an event sponsored by Athi River Mining Cement (ARM). The winner walked away with KES 1,000,000 worth of cement in an event that saw key stakeholders from the construction, manufacturing, banking academic and financial industries attending. The nominees were selected from a cross section of nation-wide candidates who sent in their applications to the National Construction Authority (NCA).
“The government and other private sectors should train young people, especially women to take up bigger roles in the manufacturing industry. This will ensure that quality constructors receive recognition and support so as to encourage competition,” remarked ARM Cement’s Managing Director, Pradeep Paunrana.
Principal Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Marium El Maawy said that the Ministry will ensure that women play their rightful role in developing this great nation by empowering them to thrive in the lucrative construction industry and have an active voice in the business community. This in turn will boost their careers, give them power and control over their lives.
Last year, the event was held in August to acknowledge and empower women contractors as well as give them a platform to interact with their peers. The dinner was attended by over 300 women contractors.
Other nominees were as follows; Eunitech Engineering Ltd. was the 1st Runners up and received KES 500,000 worth of roofing material from Mabati Rolling Mills. Zueda Zee Enterprises were the 2nd Runners up who received KES. 250,000 worth of paint from Sadolin. Short listed candidates, Best Building Works contractor awards went to Riza works, Best Road Works contractor went to Namunyak Ltd. and Most Inspiring Contractor went to Power Eagle Enterprises.
ARM Cement sponsorship programmes are based on three pillars of education, health and the environment under the Rhino Cement Foundation.