Joseph Oyeyani Makoju was born on 13 July 1948 in Okene, Kogi State Nigeria. Makoju was a Harford award winner of Government College, Kaduna and also a J. F. Kennedy Essays Award winner of Federal Government College Warri Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 1972 with First Class Honours earning BSc in Mechanical Engineering; and M.Phil. Mechanical Engineering in 1974 from the same University. Attended National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS, Kuru, Jos (mni) 1989 to 1990. He also held an honorary Doctor of Science degree in Engineering from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
Makoju served as Special Adviser (Electric Power) to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria under two separate administrations. He was Honorary Adviser on Electric Power to the President/Commander-in-Chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria (effect from 20 May 2008). He was also the Special Adviser to the President/Chief Executive, Dangote Group, the Chairman, Cement Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, as well as West African Power Pool Executive Board. Makoju recently retired as the Group Managing Director/CEO of the Dangote Cement PLC; a position he has held since April 2018.
Prior to that, he was the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the erstwhile National Electric Power Authority (NEPA)/Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN); Nigeria's national electricity utility. He was selected and invited for this job by the government on the basis of his track record in the private sector. And, for almost a decade, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the West African Portland Cement Company, at that time Nigeria's largest cement manufacturing company. After his tenure as the Managing Director/Chief Executive of NEPA, Makoju was appointed consecutively as Special Adviser to three presidents of Nigeria.
Late Engr. Joseph Makoju was a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) and the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. He was a member of the British Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Nigerian Institute of Management and of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (mni). He was the Chairman of the Cement Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (CMAN) 1992 – 2000. He was the Vice-President of Nigeria's Employers Consultative Association (NECA) (1998–2000). Between May 1994 and May 1999, he was the President of the Chemical and Non-Metallic Employers Federation (CANMPEF), the largest employers Federation in the manufacturing sector.
Makoju was a National Council member of the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria. He was also a member of the National Economic Revival Council, a think tank for advising the government on economic policy and a member of the African Regional Board of the London School of Economics.
In parallel to his effort and contribution to the advancement of the country, Makoju was in October 2000 honoured with the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) award, and in 2011 with Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) – both Nigerian national awards. He was also honoured with the National Grand Commander of the Special Order of Merit from the Republic of Niger. He also held an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi. He died on 11 April 2022 at the aged of 73 years (13 July 1948 – 11 April 2022).
It is against this background that the Management of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL) under the dynamic leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi is inviting members of the University Community and the General Public to the FIRST MEMORIAL LECTURE in Honour of this Iconic Personality on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 (tomorrow) at the College of Health Sciences Auditorium (Adankolo Campus) at 2:00pm. THEME: "CHALLENGES OF ELECTRIC POWER SECTOR REFORM IN NIGERIA: THE WAY FORWARD"
Guest Lecturer: Ambassador Godknows Boladei Igali, Chairman and Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure
The event, which is the first of its kind, will attract the presence of illustrious personalities within and outside Kogi State.