It was indeed a gathering of the cream de la cream in the academia, politics and business sectors at the 33rd Convocation of the prestigious University of Porthacourt on 3rd of December, 2022, as a business guru and philanthropist, Chief Dr. Sir Daniel Chukwudozie, Chairman of Dozzy Group of Companies received PHd from the school.
The epoch making event would go down well in history of Eastern Nigeria and the Niger Delta and would be remembered for a long time to come as the prestigious university of Port saw substance and conferred an honorary Doctorate Degree to Chief Dr. Sir Daniel Chukwudozie, Chairman of Dozzy Group of Companies alongside other prominent Nigerians during the just concluded 33rd Combined Convocation held at the Convocation Arena of the University in Porthacourt, last week.
Recently, Chief Daniel Chukwudozie was conferred with National Honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by President Muhammadu Buhari at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Other recipients of the Honourary Doctorate Degree at Uniport included Professor Nimi Briggs (many time Vice Chancellor and erudite scholar of many parts) and Dr. Richard Young, reel estate mogul and MD CEO Lekki gardens. Over a thousand personages received their PhD awards in various fields.
It is worthy of note that before this weekend’s honour by Uniport, over six universities both within and outside the country have considered it worthy and appropriate to honour Dr. Dan Chukwudozie for ingenuity and excellence in business.
Dr. Chukwudozie was born on January 2, 1957, in Okija, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. He joined the business world after graduating from high school. He spent several years of commercial tutelage before he established his own business as an importer.
From a humble beginning, Chukwudozie rose to the pinnacle of success in business. He made honesty, industry and dedication to duty his watchword.
Chukwudozie has played a dominant role in business. No hour, no day is lost for him in his business world. It is not therefore surprising that he bestrides the business arena like a colossus, sitting atop a substantial conglomerate of more than 12 efficiently structured and managed companies within the Dozzy Group of Companies, with headquarters in Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra State, with branches across Nigeria. Notable among them are Dozzy Oil and Gas Limited, Dozzy Plastic Industries Limited, Dozz-Guttroff Gas Limited, Dozztephan Industry Limited, Ever Oil and Kingcrown Oil and Gas Limited.
Others are Tempogate Oil and Energy Company Limited, Dozzy Nigeria Limited, Specialty Oil Company Nigeria Limited, Dozzy Integrated Power Limited, Dozzy Maritime and Oil Services Limited, Sungreen Oil and Gas Limited, Dozzy Industries Limited and Dozzy Marine Services Limited.
Also among the products and services provided by the Dozzy Group are real estate development, importation of base stock and other related products, production of hair attachments, importation and sale of LPG and accessories, haulage, and many others.
Chukwudozie is an enigma with an uncommon zeal for philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, with billions of naira sunk into the empowerment of youths, as well as in community development projects across the country. He is respected nationally and internationally, hence, a plethora of recognitions from far and near. They include the international Socrates Award, the African Leader Award of the Year 2015, by the Proven Integrity Communications Network, Togo; Best Enterprise of the Year 2015 (awarded to Dozzy Oil and Gas Limited) by the Europe Business Assembly, Oxford, England, and Best Manager of the year 2015 by the Europe Business Assembly, Commerce, France, UNIZIK Business School Award For Excellence.
Other recognitions are Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) by the European-American University, Ghana; Award as Major Contributor to Education Rights to Children by the UN Headquarters, New York.
He received Award as one of the 50 Nigerian distinguished entrepreneurs by This Day Newspaper (2012), distinguished Knight of the Order of St. Christopher, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion and Honorary Life Vice President, Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ONICCIMA). He equally coveted The Sun Manufacturer of the year 2018 award and New Telegraph Businessman of the year 2018 award.
Sir Chukwudozie is married to Lady Ada Chukwudozie, a Chemical Engineer and business magnate, as well as a management strategist. She is also the current Chairman of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria- South East Region. The marriage is blessed with children. Both of them are well grounded in the Christian faith.
Chief Daniel who spoke with correspondents shortly after the event, thanked God and the university management for finding him worthy of the honour and promised to do more for humanity in the service of God whom he considers the source of his greatness/strength.