Delivering value in the real estate industry is our focus
Recent studies have shown that Nigeria has about 17 million housing deficit, so when Marcopolo Group Limited was established about fifteen years ago, the primary focus of the organisation is to help in bridging this gap by providing accommodation for the low, medium and high net worth individuals and corporations. The vision of the organisation is to be among the leading Real Estate development companies globally providing prompt and efficient delivery of cost effective housing for all classes of people in the society.
The organisation prides itself as Nigeria’s fast emerging Hospitality and Real Estate Development Company to beat in the coming years as the organisation has several offsprings including – Marcopolo Properties Limited and Marcopolo Hotel and Suites, a three star facility located at the highbrow area of Chevron Drive, in the Lekki area of Lagos.
One of the remarkable and unique projects of the Marcopolo Properties is the Cruz Garden Estates; an architectural and aesthetic masterpiece located in the high brow area of Lekki in Lagos. The garden provides breathtaking serenity, class and is tastefully designed to give value for money. The organisation believes that their business model revolves around the partnerships they have with their clienteles and doing their utmost best, at every step along the value chain, to create innovative solutions that surpass their expectations. The Cruz Garden Estates is in its Ninth phase in different areas of Lagos State to take care of the increasing accommodation needs of different classes of people in the metropolis. On the other hand, Marcopolo Hotels and Suites is being upgraded to meet international standards and give best in quality service as well as meet customers’ expectation while giving value for money. The hotel recently won an award from Jumia Travels as one of the best hospitality facility in the sub region.
An encounter with Chief Dr. Frank Okafor, (Ezeuzu), the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Marcopolo Group reveals a man imbued with deep humility, but beneath the humble disposition is a radiance and depth of knowledge which leaves no one in doubt of his intellectual and business acumen. Dr. Okafor reveals the unique factors that stand the organisation out of the competition. “At the forefront of innovation, we explore and uncover new and exciting solutions using technologies to add to our vast portfolios. At Marcopolo Properties we customize orders to suit specific construction requirements from clients”. He reiterated that that to succeed in anything you do, you must first of all articulate your vision. With dedication, trust and perseverance, success is always assured. He however stated that even though he started with importation of sundry goods, a second look at the economy revealed that the best way to make an impact by creating jobs for our teeming youths is through manufacturing as youth empowerment is a cause that is very dear to his heart.
On the secrets of the firm’s success, Onwa Ojoto states that “I believe that human capital development is the best strategy for business success. He emphasized that “We constantly train and retrain our human resource for the global challenge ahead. It has not been easy but Marcopolo employees are totally committed to be the innovation partner of choice in offering customers superior and sustainable solutions in the industry”.
Dr. Okafor believes that for any meaningful economic development to occur in the country the government should look inwards, by partnering with indigenous people to revive the economy of the country rather than spending huge and scarce resources to look for foreign investors. They should believe and work with tested and trusted indigenous professionals who are passionate about developing the country first because nobody can develop our country more than us. He reiterated that when things are working well, you don’t need to look for investors as they will come themselves. “The government should work with serious minded Nigerians as they say ‘charity begins at home’. They should try as much as possible to provide infrastructure like energy, roads, water and security to allow for robust indigenous participation in the economy”.
What else can be written about Chief Dr. Frank Okafor, a open-minded man; a professional to the core; an excellent family man; a man with a vision and a philanthropist. These qualities developed over time have been observed and recognised with respect by people who have encountered him. No wonder, different corporate organizations and societies are jumping over themselves to bestow an award on this gentleman. He said “Each time I’m called upon to receive an award or title, I feel so much honoured because it shows that people recognize our hard work and zeal to make the society a better place.
These recognitions humble me and make me work harder towards the development of the society” On his driving force, Ikenga Idemili who runs a foundation to empower the youths as well as the widows in Ojoto admits that his inspiration comes from God. “I realized that I came to this world with nothing and I will leave with nothing, hence the desire to give back to the society”. The philanthropist gave account of his success saying that he made it through the dint of hard work, perseverance, vision, honesty and fear of God and urged the youths to imbibe those virtues so that together, we can make Nigeria a better place for all.