The former Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement Plc, Engr. Joseph Makoju has passed on.
ebirareporters.com confirmed that Makoju, who was the Oyeyani of Ebira Land passed on in his Abuja home on Monday morning.
A family member who spoke with our correspondent said that the deceased was hale and hearty, and had returned from a trip on the eve of his demise.
Engr Makoju retired from Dangote Cement on January 31st, 2020 after 45 years of transformational leadership.
He held a B. Sc (First Class) honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nottingham, UK and an M.Phil. in Mechanical Engineering from the same university. He was also an alumnus (mni) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State.
Makoju was Honorary Adviser to the President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, from 2009 to 2018. He was also Chief Operating Officer, Dangote Cement.
He has worked in several world-class organisations including Shell-BP; Blue Circle (UK), and WAPCO which he headed as Managing Director/CE for about a decade before taking up an appointment as Managing Director/CE of the National Electric Power Authority (now Power Holding Company of Nigeria).
He had also served as Special Adviser (Electric Power) to Nigerian Presidents under two separate Administrations. He was pioneer Chairman of the Board of the West African Power Pool for eight years and remains today an Honorary Member of the board. He is also Chairman of the Cement Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (CMAN).
Engr. Makoju belonged to several professional bodies including the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Institute of Management and British Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
He held a number of awards including a national honour from the Federal Republic of Nigeria – Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR) and a national honour from the Republic of Niger-Grand Commander of the Special Order of Merit (GCSO).