Two pro-South East socio-cultural and civil rights groups, the Eastern Union and Igbo Think Tank Movement Worldwide and Oriental Platform have honoured Austin Oguejiofor, the Onwa Enugwu Ukwu n’Umunri and Group Chairman, First Rotech Group.
Oguejiofor, a Real Estate guru, whose award was presented in Abuja last week, was honoured as the Nigerian Businessman of Integrity and Patriotism.
Speaking at the occasion, Charles Anike, National President of Eastern Union, whose organisation speaks for the people of old Eastern Region, said the award was long overdue, adding that Oguejiofor’s conglomerate had diversified into transportation, oil and gas, and agriculture through his numerous companies.
Anike said: “Chief Oguejiofor is a shining star and one who has contributed a lot to the development of the real estate sector in Nigeria by providing jobs for the youths and empowering others in his philanthropic drive. We are proud to be associated with him, and for his forthrightness, integrity and honesty in his areas of business.
Dr. Ken Anozie, Coordinating Secretary of the Igbo Think Tank Movement Worldwide, who represented the group in the Diaspora, stated that Oguejiofor contributions to Igboland and Nigeria in general cannot be quantified, even as he appreciated his efforts in giving back to the people as well as boosting the nation’s image wherever he finds himself across the globe.
Oguejiofor, in his response, thanked the groups for recognising his efforts at uplifting the downtrodden and promised to do more, even as he charged Nigerians youths to be dedicated in their chosen fields of endeavours so that they can reap the benefits associated with hard work.
He used the occasion to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for his second term electoral victory, even as he wished him well in the next four years of his administration.
He charged Nigerians to keep their supporting the government, noting that the administration has been working very hard to improve the lot of the people, even as he lauded the efforts to improve the economy through well articulated developmental projects and policies.