The United States Government, on Friday presented its Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) to Andela, an international information technology firm.

Presenting the Award in Lagos, the new U. S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Stuart Symington, said that the award was in recognition of the organisation’s efforts at improving Nigerian lives.

Symington said that the U. S. had closely been following how Andela had been creating employment opportunities, transforming lives and the economy in Nigeria.

“Of all businesses in the world today, there are businesses doing their best, not just to make money, but to positively change lives.

“And, this is exactly what Andela has been doing secretly in Nigeria.

“Andela has been generating employment opportunities, affecting lives and Nigeria’s economy.

“In the Small and Medium size category, Andela became the global winner of the U. S. Secretary of State Award for Excellence. And, we are very happy to present this Award to you. Congratulations to Andela,’’ he said.

Symington, who enjoined the organisation to sustain its activities in Nigeria, said that his government was impressed with how it was connecting Nigerians with Information Technology

The Country Director of Andela in Nigeria, Mr Seni Sulyman, who commended the U. S. government for the award, said that it was the team of Andela’s office in Nigeria, that gave the office the global recognition.

Sulyman commended the staff for their commitment, dedication to duty and hard work, since the Nigerian Office of Andela was opened.

The country director also commended the U. S. Government for following what the Nigerian office of Andela had been doing, to make Nigerians harness the benefits of information technology.

He urged the staff to see the Award as a call for them to re-dedicate themselves to their duties, and keep the organisation flying, both locally and internationally.