May 13, 2022
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Makoju, ex-PHCN MD, dies at 73

By on April 12, 2022 0

The former managing director of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, engineer Joseph Makoju, has died.

Makoju, who also served as an adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, died Monday at a private hospital in Abuja.

The 73-year-old was also a special adviser to Dangote Group Chairman/CEO Aliko Dangote.

The University of Nottingham-educated engineer also served as special adviser (electricity) to President Goodluck Jonathan under two separate administrations.

He served as Chairman of the Cement Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, as well as the West African Power Pool Executive Board.

Makoju recently retired as Group Managing Director/CEO of Dangote Cement Plc; a position he had held since April 2018.

Born on 13 July 1948 in Okene, Kogi State, Makoju graduated from the University of Nottingham, UK in 1972 with first class honours, earning a BSc in Mechanical Engineering; and M.Phil. Mechanical Engineering in 1974 from the same university.

After his tenure as Chief Executive Officer/Chief Executive Officer of NEPA, Makoju was consecutively appointed Special Advisor to three Presidents of Nigeria.

He was a Harford Prize winner from Government College, Kaduna, and also a JF Kennedy Essays Prize winner from Federal Government College, Warri.

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