I owe my victory to teamwork and Honesty –SABA Business leader (CEO) of the year says after winning
When Somalia Investor Magazine held the first Somali Annual Business awards [SABA] for businesses in January 2017, businesses waited with baited breath to know who among them would emerge finest. Business Chief Executives assembled at Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu to also find out who would emerge top among those who are in charge of the big businesses in the growing country. Anxiety was rife as many names were called out as nominees in the race to various categories including the best leader for a business.
After various names including some of the renowned heads of lucrative businesses in town Hass Petroleum’s Chief Executive Officer Abdulhakim Muse Omar was named the Somalia Annual Business award Business leader [CEO] of the year.
The soft spoken boss who later sat down with one of our writers said they were very excited to have the firm scoop top award in business leadership as the fuel firm has been keen in cultivating valuable leadership in business since inception.
Mr Omar who is leading the firm attributes successes of the firm including the award to teamwork and honesty in business in an environment hard to survive in due to its ‘unregulated’ nature.
“I dedicate this to my team really, it is due to the teamwork that we have that has seen us clinch this award. We have collectively worked together to be able to treat our competitors as partners because in business, the market is like a jungle where all animals have a share. Even lions which hunt so hard have to eat and leave a share for the hyenas and later the vultures. At the same time you cannot exist alone in the market just like it is in the jungle, we need each other,” the Hass boss said in an exclusive interview with The Somalia Investor Magazine.
The petroleum supplier which entered the market at a time when services were still basic have revolutionised the industry with its driving vision to serve frontiers.
SABA awards is the first award the firm has achieved in Somalia which now runs 10 petrol stations in Mogadishu alone. The SABA Chief Executive winner says the company has set its eyes on higher achievements in the coming years and is expecting to clinch many more awards as time goes by.
We have a very strategic and systematic way of planning and we have out in place mechanisms to realise these plans. This is what keeps us at the top. We are very happy and excited to be recognised and this ward really mean a lot to us as a company. It will go a long way in encouraging my team to work harder despite the challenges we are going through.
– Abdulhakim Muse Omar.
“We have a very strategic and systematic way of planning and we have out in place mechanisms to realise these plans. This is what keeps us at the top. We are very happy and excited to be recognised and this ward really mean a lot to us as a company. It will go a long way in encouraging my team to work harder despite the challenges we are going through,” Mr Omar said.
Part of what the CEO reveals as a transformation the firm plans to embark on include the diversification of its products as well as improvement of services.
Technology, he said will also drive the company’s future in retaining its top position in the fuel retail market as it keep sight of expansion plans in the economy that is expected to pick up from the pieces of a lengthy civil war. Hass petroleum has been at the fore front in transforming the retail petroleum sector in the country. The firm set base in the country when most of the filling stations used jericans instead of pumps to fuel cars. After introducing the metered pumps in their stations, many other players followed suit prompting Hass to think beyond the rest.
The manager said just like they came up with the new innovations and systems to bring change in the industry, the firm will strive to remain a market leaders in setting trends in the petroleum sector.
“We introduced lubricants in our station. We have check fuel services and we have also began stocking Liquefied Petroleum Gas apart from selling Petroleum and Diesel. Our fuel quality is also tested for international standards and our management system is modern in accounting where we have internal and external auditors for accountability. That is what sets us apart and that is what will set us apart going forward,” said the Hass boss.
He hopes that the business environment will continue to improve so that the petroleum sector will rapidly expand to be able to power the country’s economic engine in the path to recovery after years of stagnation.
There are various players taking part in the petroleum sector but the uptake has been erratic just as the supply has been as the economic ability of many people remain below the power to own a car and roads remain un attractive to use hence scaling down consumption.
Petroleum products make one of the most essential commodity in the country where electricity is generated by diesel-run machines.