Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde is a Nigerian Businessman, Politician and Philanthropist. He is the governor of Oyo State in South-western Nigeria. He is an Engineer and a subject matter expert on fluid and Gas Metering. He is the Group Managing Director of Makon Group Limited; an indigenous oil and gas company in Nigeria.
Seyi Makinde Biography
Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde was born on 25th December 1967 at Ibadan a town in Oyo state, Nigeria into the family of a renowned teacher who later resulted to been an accountant, late Pa Olatubosun Makinde and Madam Abigail Makinde of Aigbofa Compound in Oja’ba, Ibadan. He’s born third into the family.
Early Life & Education
Oluseyi Makinde enrolled at St Paul Primary School, Yemetu, Ibadan for his primary School education. His secondary education was at Bishop Phillips Academy, Monatan, Ibadan.
He gained obtained is Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), and served his national service (NYSC) with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria
Oluseyi Makinde was trained at Industrial Control Services in Houston, Texas on Safety Shutdown System; and Development of Analytical Competence for Managing Operations at Lagos Business School (now Pan-Atlantic University, He also had training in automation.
In 2002, he studied Fundamentals of Crude Sampling at Jiskoot Auto Control Training Centre, Kent, England. Also, in 2005, he studied Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.
Engr. Seyi Makinde is happily married to Tamunominini, blessed with three children.
Engr. Oluseyi makinde engaged as pupil engineer at Shell Petroleum development company right after his NYSC where he handled and partake in severy key projects between year 1990-1992, he started work with Rebold Internantional Limited as an engineer (Eket operation) in 1992 and served for five years (1992-1997), he got appointed as field Manager in 1995
He established his first business in 1997, Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited (METS), after working for five years (1992-1997) with various international oil and gas companies (IOCs), as the Engineering Manager. He is presently the Group Managing Director of Makon Group of Companies.
Engr. Oluseyi Makinde is a member of national and international professional bodies notably: Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Council for Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria(COREN), Oil and Gas Design Engineers of Nigeria (OGDEN), International Society of Automation (ISA), Institute of Measurement and Control UK; and American Measurement Institute (AMI)
Been at the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2007, he contested for Oyo South Senatorial seat which he lsots to the People’s Democartic Party (PDP) candidate ‘Kamoru Adedibu’. On his second attempt for the same seat at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2011, he lost the primary.
Engnr Makinde after the primary elections at the Peoples Democartic Party (PDP) December 2014, was denied of wthe governorship nomination ticket, he then defected to Social Democratic Party (SDP) where he was nominated and contested for the 2015 Oyo state gubernitorial electection and loosed to the then All progressive congress candidate ‘Late Gov. Abiola Ajimobi’.
In September 2017, the Caretaker National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi visited him in Ibadan and following extensive, deep and wide consultations with National Leaders, Oyo State leaders and elders of the Social Democratic Party, and cross sections of strategic partners within Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde returned to his former political party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He maintained that joining the PDP was not for personal gains but for the development of the State by finding lasting solutions to the array of problems facing the State.
On September 29, 2018, Makinde emerged as the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections for Oyo State, after polling 2772 votes at the primary election that took place at liberty stadium, Oke Ado in Ibadan.
On March 9, 2019, Makinde polled 515, 621 votes defeating his closest rival, Mr Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressive Party who polled 357,982 votes. The All Progressives Congress (APC), during the General elections. Seyi Makinde was elected into the Office of the Governor of Oyo State at the 2019 Gubernatorial elections for Oyo State which held on March 9th, 2019.
Seyi Makinde was sworned in on 29th May, 2019 as the 28th executive Governor of Oyo State, suaceeding the Late Gov. Abiola Ajimobi after his eight years as the Oyo State Governor.
Awards and recognitions
Nigerian Union of Journalists (Oyo State Council)-Laudable Contribution to Humanity Merit Award.
National Association of Oke-Ogun Students (Ibadan)-Merit Award.
Fiditi Grammar School (Oyo State)-Old Student Merit Award in appreciation to the commitment, dedication and service to the association and humanity.
Junior Chamber International (JCI) University of Calabar Chapter.-Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.
Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (Oyo State Chapter)-Gold Merit Award for immense and invaluable contribution to sports development.
Nigerian Association of Social Workers Merit Awards (Oyo State Chapter)-Philanthropic gestures and contribution to Social Care Delivery Services.
CCII National Merit Award.
Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (Ibadan) – awarded Seyi “Astute Politician of the Year 2018” for his resilience with which he had continued to assist the less privileged in the society.
Seyi Makinde publicly declared his asset which was worth over 48 Billion Naira. Therefore, it is safe to say that Governor Seyi Makinde is worth billions of naira.