Nigeria has lost one of their finest energy personalities, Engr. Joe Makoju.
Energy Joe Makoju died on Monday.
Until his death, Engr Joe Makoju held positions such as the Managing Director of NITEL, CEO of PHCN, Managing Director, National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), Group Managing Director Dangote Cement Group, President of Cement Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Special Advisor to President Goodluck Jonathan on Electric Power, Board Member of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Member of Presidential Ad-hoc Committee on Review of Electricity Tariff.
He was an active participant in the power sector pre & post-privatisation.
He was also a director at Geregu Power Plc.
He was a Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (FNSE).
In a tribute, the Association of Power Generation Companies said: “We remember him as a man who had in-depth knowledge of the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and contributed his bit to ensure its development.
“He was the MD/CEO at a very crucial & critical time in the life of the sector. He worked tirelessly with men of candour and zeal.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends and pray for the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” Dr Joy Ogaji, Executive Secretary of the Association of Power Generation Companies, said.
On their part, the Board and Management of Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL) noted that the late Engr. Makoju was an icon whose professional life is worthy of celebration even posthumously, because of his noteworthy contributions to the Engineering Society, Nigeria’s Power Sector, other walks of commercial endeavour, and Nigeria as a whole.
“May the Almighty God have mercy on his soul and grant him eternal peace.
“We hope that you accept our assurances of prayers that you and your family would have the fortitude to bear the loss,” Eng. Kola Balogun Chairman, MEMMCOL, said.