Prof Abdullahi Bala: 7th Substantive Vice-Chancellor Of FUTMINNA

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Abdullahi Bala is a renowned Nigerian academic, author and professor of soil science. The distinguished Abusite is the current and seventh substantive vice-chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Minna, a post he assumed in December 2017.

He is top rate scientist whose academic life and contibutions to the society are marked by excellence.

Prof. Abdullahi Bala
Prof. Abdullahi Bala

Prof. Abdullahi Bala was born on March 27, 1967, in Suleja, a local government area of Niger State, Nigeria. He began his academic pursuit at Dawaki Primary School Suleja. He proceeded to the Federal Government College, Minna, Niger State where he obtained the West African Senior School Certificate with flying colors.

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The young Abdullahi Bala was Admitted to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc degree) in Agriculture with a First Class Honours in 1989.

He won a Common Wealth Academic Staff Scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Soil Chemistry at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom and another Common Wealth Scholarship took him to Wye College, University of London, where he bagged a doctorate degree (PhD) in Soil Microbiology.

Bala has worked at a number of institutions including with Africare Nigeria (2004-2007) as Associate Policy Analyst at the Independent Policy Group, Abuja, A policy think tank for the then President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.

In that capacity, he conducted perspective and introspective studies for policy analysis into agriculture, water resources and environment, rural development, and science and technology. He had regular interactions and brainstorming with the President among other things.

Prof. Bala worked in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan as the International scientist based at the institutes sub-station in Kano. While there, he served as the Inoculant Delivery Specialist, West Africa Coordinator of N2Africa Project and Rhizobiology Thematic Leader for N2Africa Project in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

He has served as external assessor of professorial candidates in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto; Bayero University, Kano; University of Benin and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.

Bala assumed office as the seventh vice chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Minna on December 3, 2017. He was a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics (2012) of the institution.

Prof Bala has worked with the Federal University of Technology, Minna for a long period where he gained a very wide administrative experience serving in more than 60 committees and chairing close to half of them. He previously served as Director, Centre for Preliminary and Extra-Mural Studies and Head of Department, Soil Science, Federal University of Technology, Minna. Niger State.

He is a member of many professional bodies within and outside the country namely: International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN), and American Society for Agronomy (ASA) amongst others. He is a fellow at the Soil Science Society of Nigeria.

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