Prof. Okorafor Gibson Francis

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Prof. Okorafor Gibson Francis

Professor

Biography

Prof. G. F. Okorafor is a Professor of Project Management and a University of Bradford, the UK trained Project and National Development specialist. His areas of special interests are Human Resources Management, Strategic Management and Development Planning. He is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (FCIPM) and an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) of the United States of America. Prof. Okorafor is a very active member of the Nigerian Association of Project Management Professionals as well as other allied professional bodies.He is a consultant to some national organizations and has published widely in both national and international journals. He has authored some books in the field of project management. He is equally a public speaker and has delivered papers at both national and local conferences.

Prof Okorafor is both a novelist and a poet with a good number of finished works awaiting publication. He plays active parts in both religious and cultural organizations. Currently, he is an editorial board member of a zonal newspaper and a guest writer to a professional publication. He has instituted an annual prize to the best Project Management graduating student at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He is happily married with a contented family. Prof Okorafor is an avid lover of football games.

Academic and Professional Qualification

  • WASC Grade One, Nigeria Military School, Zaria – 1966 – 1972
  • B.Sc. Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka – 1974 -1978
  • M.Sc. Project Planning & National Development, University of Bradford, (U.K) – 1983 – 1984
  • Ph.D Project Management, Federal University of Technology, Owerri – 1997 – 2003

Honours

  • A British Council Scholar (1983/84) at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom for Master’s Programme in Project Planning and National Development.
  • UNIDO Award for Workshop on Industrial Investment Appraisal and Computer Model for Feasibility Analysis and Reporting at UNIDO, Vienna-Austria (April – May, 1990)

Membership of professional bodies

  • FCIPM(Fellow Chartered Institute of Personnel Mgt of Nigeria)
  • MBIM – Member, British Institute of Management
  • Member, AIESEC Alumni Association.
  • Member, Australian Institute of Project Management.
  • Member, Project Management Institute – U S A.
  • Editorial Member/ Adverts Manager, Sokoto Service-NYSC magazine (1978/79).
  • Internal Auditor, Nigeria National Union, UK and Northern Ireland (1983/84)
  • Consultant – Human Resources Management; Giblet Nigeria Ltd (1995 – Date).
  • Consultant – Micro Enterprises; Forward Africa (NGO) (1997 – Date).
  • Secretary, Literary and Debating Society, Nigerian Military School, (NMS) Zaria, 1971
  • President, Literary and Debating Society, NMS, Zaria (1972).

Publications

  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2011) “Monitoring and Public Sector Management”, PMforesight Vol. 1 No 4. pp. 17 & 34.
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (1998) “Inappropriate Development Policies: The Third World Countries Approach: Journal of Business & Finance; Vol.1, No. 2 pp.65 – 59
  • OKORAFOR G.F. & Nwezeaku N. C. (1998) “An Overview of International Trade and Balance of Payments Accounts: The Nigerian Experience”, Journal of Arts and Social Sciences, Vol.1, pp116-130.
  • Nwezeaku N. C., OKORAFOR G. F & Asiegbu B. C. (1998) Determination of Share Prices in Nigeria Capital Market and Theoretical Business Valuation”, Journal of Arts & Social Sciences, Vol. 1 No. 1 pp.42 – 54.
  • OKORAFOR G. F. & Nzotta S. M. (1999) “Bank Credit Administration, A Conceptual Framework,” Review of Arts and Social Sciences, Vol. 1 No. 1 pp. 99-108.
  • Asiegbu B. C. OKORAFOR G. F. (1999) “Crisis Management in the Nigeria Beverage Industry; Operations Management Perspective”, Journal of Project Management Technology; Vol. 2, No 1 pp 34 – 55.
  • Asiegbu B.C.& OKORAFOR G.F. (2000) ”Planning and Control of Turn-Around Maintenance Projects of Nigeria’s Oil Refineries Using PERT Technique,” Journal of Project Management Technology Vol. 3 No 1 pp. 120-136
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2000) “Project Catalyst for Business Growth and Development,” Journal of Business and Social Sciences Vol. 1 No 3 pp 1 – 9.
  • OKORAFOR G. F (2001) “Agro-Industrial Project for Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria” Journal of Business Studies, Vol. 1 No. 2 pp. 47 – 58.
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2001) “Project Failure/Abandonment: A Case Study of Senior Staff Housing Project of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri,’ The Journal of Business & Finance, Vol. No. 4 pp . 58 – 63.
  • OKORAFOR G.F. (2003) “Project Management Education and Nigeria’s Economic Development”, Journal of Business & Social Science (JBSS), Vol. 11, No 1 pp.32-41
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2004) “Benefit-Cost Analysis in Projects: A Theoretical Framework”, Review of Arts and Social Sciences Vol. IV No 1, pp 1-7
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2004) “The Public Sector Role in Road Project Abandonment /Failure in Nigeria, 1993-2002”, Inter-World Journal of Management & Development Studies’ Vol. 2 No. 1 pp. 15.
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2004) “Mentoring in the Higher Institutions: A Project for Survival,” THE JIBER; Vol. 8 No. 2 pp 213-227.
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2005) “Impact Analysis and Project Development: Principles and Procedures”, Inter-World Journal of Science & Technology, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 136 – 143.
  • OKORAFOR G. F. & Onyeador S. O. (2006) “Project Management and Public Sector Push in Nigeria (1994-2004)”, The Quantity Surveyor, Vol. 54, No 2, pp. 15 – 20.
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2007) “Technology in Project Management”, Nigeria Journal of Economic and Financial Research; Vol. 1 No. 3; pp. 169 – 177.4. OKORAFOR G. F (2007), “Post-Construction Environmental and Social Impact Analysis (ESIA) of Port-Harcourt – Enugu Highway on Local Economy”. IJARD, Vol. 9 No. 1; pp. 108 -116 (www.ajol.Info/journals/ijard)
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2008) “Project and Entrepreneurship in Nursing”, Journal of Research in National Development; Vol. 6 No. 2; pp. 21 – 28; (www.ajol.info/journal_index.php)
  • OKORAFOR G. F. & Ebiringa O. T. (2010) “Human Resource Management Practices in SMEs and Nigeria’s National Development”, IJCRB, Vol. 1 No. 10 pp. 23 – 41 (www.ijcrb.webs.com)
  • Ebiringa O. T. & OKORAFOR G. F. (2010) “A multifactor decision cluster model for performance appraisal in the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry”, IJCRB, Vol. 1 No. 9; pp. 232 – 246 (www.ijcrb.webs.com)
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (1997) “Project Management and Nigerian Economy”, Journal of Project Management Technology, Vol.1 pp 14 – 22.
  • Ebiringa O. T. & OKORAFOR G. F. (2010) “Automated Teller Machine and Electronic Payment System in Nigeria: A Synthesis of the Critical Success Factors”. IJCRB, Vol. 1 No. 10; pp. 114 – 129 (www.ijcrb.webs.com)
  • OKORAFOR G. F. & Nnanna Ukegbu (2010), “Post-Evaluation of Highway Effects on Local Economy: Factor Analysis Approach”, IJCRB, Vol. 1 No 11, pp. 234 – 248, (www.ijcrb.webs.com)
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2010) “Project Consulting and Stakeholders Management in Developing Economy”, IJCRB, Vol. 1 No. 9, pp. 144 – 151 (www.ijcrb.webs.com).
  • OKORAFOR G. F. & Adu, E. T. (2010) “Infrastructural Project Execution Drag and Integrated Development: Selected Cases in Nigeria”; IJCRB Vol. 2, No. 2 (pp. 557-569)
  • Oforegbunam T. E. & OKORAFOR G. F. (2010) “Effects of Human Capital Development on the Performance of Small & Medium Scale Enterprises in Southeastern Region of Nigeria”, Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, Vol. 12, No. 8 pp. 49 – 58.
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2010) “For a Project Management Culture in Nigeria”. PMforesight, Vol. 1. No. 3. pp. 17 & 51.
  • OKORAFOR G. F. (2011) “Project Procurement and External Impact”, PMforesight vol. 1. No. 5 pp. 35 & 36

Responsibilities

  • Clerical Officer, Ministry of Defence (Jan, 1974 – Sept. 1974)
  • Economist, Bank of the North Ltd, Sokoto (July. 1978 – July 1979)
  • Superintendent Collector of Customs – 1979 (Two months)
  • Part – time Lecturer in Economics, Extra Mural Unit, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri (1980 – 1982)
  • Planning Officer, Imo State of Nigeria Civil Service (1979 – June 1986)
  • Worked in the following Ministries of Finance & Economic Planning; Agricultural Works & Housing; Commerce and Industry; and Government House where I was the Economist in – charge of the Directive Monitoring Unit.
  • Deputy Head – Corporate Finance Department (Sept. 1986 Oct.1990)
  • Senior Manager/Head – Development Banking Division (Oct. 1990 – March. 1991). I was the founding head of the Division.
  • Senior Manger/Head – Lending Policy and Control Department (March. 1991 – September. 1991).
  • Senior Principal Manager/Head – Lending Policy and Control Division (October 1991 – October.1992). The Bank Chief Credit Officer.
  • Senior Principal Manager/Assistant Area Manger (October. 1992 – March. 1993)
  • Senior Principal Manager/Head – Training and Consultancy Dept. (March. 1993 – 31/3/95)

Working Experience

  • Professor/University SIWES Cordinator (Oct. 2010 – Date)
  • Asso. Prof./University SIWES Coordinator (Dec. 2009 – Oct. 2010)
  • Asso. Prof./Deputy Director; Centre for Continuing Education; FUTO (Jan. 2008 – Nov. 2009)
  • Senior Lecturer/Head of Dept. of Project Management Technology, FUTO(1/10/99 – 1/10/07)
  • Senior Lecturer; Dept. of Project Management Technology, FUTO,(1/10/99 – 1/10/07)
  • Lecturer 1, Dept. of Project Management Technology, FUTO (20/11/95 – 30/9/99)
  • Hall Director of Games, Zik’s Flats Hostel, University of Nigeria Nsukka (1975/76)
  • Welfare Officer, Isa Kaita Hall, UNN (1976/77)
  • Executive member, Economics Student Association of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1976/77).
  • Vice – President, International association of Economic and Business Students, AIESEC, UNN Chapter (1976/77)
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