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Ex-PHCN MD, Makoju dies at 73

A former Managing Director of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Engineer Joseph Makoju, is dead.

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

The 73-year-old was also a Special Adviser to the President/Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote.

The Nottingham University-trained engineer also served as Special Adviser (Electric Power) to President Goodluck Jonathan under two separate administrations.

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

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

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

After his tenure as the managing director/chief executive officer of NEPA, Makoju was appointed consecutively as Special Adviser to three presidents of Nigeria.

He was a Harford award winner of Government College, Kaduna, and also a J. F. Kennedy Essays Award winner of Federal Government College, Warri.

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