Last Saturday, Lome, the capital city of Togo hosted some prominent Nigerians when they accompanied the Chief Executive Officer of Marcopolo Group of Companies, Chief Frank Okafor, to receive a honourary doctorate degree bestowed on him by European-American University. Okafor was conferred with a Doctor of Science (D.Sc Hons) in Housing Development and Corporate Governance following his outstanding leadership achievements and contributions to housing development.
A statement by the institution management said Okafor was conferred with the honourary doctorate degree in recognition of his outstanding leadership achievements and contributions to Housing Development and Corporate Governance, which was highly recommended by those who recommended him for the award. He was among few Nigerians and professionals across the world, who were honoured with a honourary doctorate degrees in Lome, the capital of Togo by the Senate and Management Board of the European American University Commonwealth of Dominica.
Having distinguished himself in real estate sector in Nigeria, the honourary doctorate degree bestowed on Okafor is a testimony of the impact he had made in the society since the birth of Marcopolo Group of Companies about 15 years ago. Okafor, since he ventured into real estate and hospitality businesses has proved to the world that he is a man to be reckoned with in the sector. He has done a lot in the real estate and hospitality business to make life comfortable for people in different parts of Nigeria, where his company has built several estates and first-class hotel. Okafor, who is heavily involved in the day-to-day running of his companies with support from capable, reliable and committed staff, has thrived where many people failed, having used his business acumen and skills to redefine real estate and hospitality business in Nigeria. Marcopolo Properties Nigeria limited has over the years provided Real Estate services and delivered quality properties to its numerous clients within Nigeria, especially in Lagos at different locations.
The honour coming from a foreign university has shown clearly that Okafor’s recognition to real estate and hospitality business goes beyond the shores of Nigeria.
Speaking after receiving the honourary doctorate degree, Okafor commended the authority of European-American University Commonwealth of Dominica for deeming it fit to bestow the honour on him and promised not to let down the institution and those who nominated him for the award. The Marcopolo Group of Companies boss also promised not to relent in his contribution to housing development, adding that he will do his best through his company to provide suitable and affordable housing for people to reduce housing deficit in the society, especially in Nigeria.
Okafor, who has created thousands direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians also promised that through his companies Marcopolo Hotel and Suites and Marcopolo Properties, that he will continue to create more jobs in order to help reduce the high level of unemployed in Nigeria. Apart from providing shelter and employment, Okafor who is also a philanthropist has done several philanthropic jobs to alleviate poverty in his state Anambra and beyond.