In a notice sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) today, Dangote Cement Plc has announced the retirement of its current Managing Director, Mr Onne Van Weijde at the end of 2017. Van Weijde will be returning to his home country on completion of his term, but will be appointed a non executive director effective 1st January 2018. Mr Jospeh Oyeyani Makoju has been appointed Acting Managing Director of Dangote Cement Plc.
Joseph Oyeyani Makoju was born on 13 July 1948 in Okene, Kogi State Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Nottingham, in 1972 with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering, and an M.Phil. Mechanical Engineering in 1974. Makoju also served two consecutive administrations as Special Adviser (Power) and had a brief stint as the MD of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). Makoju has 37 years experience in the cement and energy industry, including nearly a decade as the MD/CEO of Lafarge Cement Plc.
Joseph Makoju was appointed Special Adviser to the Group CEO/President Dangote Group in October 2009. He joined the board of Dangote Cement Plc on the 2nd of December, 2010.