- Education and Qualification
Abubakar Sadiq is 57 years old, an indigene of Kano State, and a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained his first, second and third degrees. He obtained Post Graduate Diplomas in International Institute for Soils & Water Management, Agric Research Organization (ARO), Tel-aviv, Israel; International Centre for Tropical Agricultural and Development (CIRAD), Montpellier, France; and Institute for Agric Development, Tsukuba and Tokyo International Centers, Japan, MANAGE Institute, Hyderabad, India, AFRACA, Nairobi, Kenya, respectively. He attended several local and international professional short courses in various countries relevant to his triple responsibilities of teaching & student supervision, conduct of basic & applied research and packaging & promotion of relevant agricultural innovations to targeted end users.
- Working Experience
He joined the service of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1988 as assistant lecturer and extension specialist and posted to NAERLS but attached to Institute for Agricultural Research and Department of Agric & Bio-resource Engineering, respectively. He was appointed to professorial rank in Agricultural & Bio-resource Engineering in 2005 academic session. He has been involved in the conduct of applied research, promotion of improved technologies and practices, development/production of extension support materials, provision of support services, capacity building of diverse clients including field extension staff and managers, farmers, etc nationwide. He has committed himself to teaching and supervision of both undergraduates and postgraduate students not only in ABU Zaria but also in Bayero University Kano, University of Ilorin, ATBU, University of Uyo, University of Maiduguri, Kaduna Polytechnic, etc. He led several FAO, WB and missions to develop policy and strategic documents on Irrigation and Drainage for Nigeria and West African Sub region.
- Administrative Experience
Professor Abubakar administrative experience include serving as HOD of Agric & Bio-resource Department and of Agric Engineering & Irrigation Research Program in NAERLS (1996-2000); Officer-in-Charge of Agric. Extension Service Delivery for North-West Agro-Ecological Zone (2000-2004); Deputy Director of NAERLS (2004-2008), Executive Director of NAERLS (2008-2012) responsibility to the Hon. Minister of Agriculture on agricultural extension service delivery for the whole nation. He chaired and served on many committees at University, Institute and Departmental levels. He represented Congregation in the ABU, Zaria Senate (1999-2003) and served as a member of Governing Boards of IAR, NAPRI, DAC and NAERLS (2008-2012). He was Chairman of Agric & Vet Complex (2010-2012) comprising of Faculties of Agric, Vet Medicine, IAR, NAPRI, NAERLS, Vet Teaching Hospital and 3 Colleges of Agriculture of Kaduna, Samaru and Kabba. He saved as a member of ABU Governing Council (2009-2014) where he chaired and served in a number of committees including Senior Staff Appointment & Promotion, ICT & Computing Service; Investigation Panels and Ad-hoc Committees on Financial Control, University Budget Performance, etc. He was a member of ABU Strategic Planning Review & Monitoring and Physical Planning & Development Committees. He was appointed as the team leader on Agribusiness in ARDP who are engaging the North Western States on promoting Economic Development Agenda (2012-Date). He was appointed the pioneer Vice Chancellor of Alvan Ikoku University of Education, Owerri (May – August 2015). He was appointed as Chairman and led the Committee that developed the strategic plan of the newly established Federal University, Gusau (2016-12017). He was appointed as the Dean of School of Postgraduate Studies in ABU, Zaria (2017-Date).
- Academic Duties, Mentoring and Outputs
He supervised and mentored several students both internally and externally: 12 PhD, 15 M.Sc and 30 B.Engn student theses. He had internally examined 8 PhDs, 12 MSc theses, externally examined 9 PhD and 17 MSc theses; assessed 6 candidates for professorial positions. Most of the students produced high quality publications from the research projects l supervised and published in highly rated journals. Engr. Professor Abubakar have to his credit as output of his 27 years of academic career 194 publications including 29 journals, 2 edited book, 7 book chapters, 23 edited proceedings, 33 conference papers, 12 extension bulletins, 6 extension guides, 37 training workshop papers, 20 research reports, 16 technical reports, 9 edited training manuals. He has produced more than 45 radio, 20 TV programmes, 10 video documentaries and 12 slides shows on various aspects of agriculture in English and local languages which were aired/televised in both public and private stations across the country.
- Project/Programs Implementation
Professor Abubakar led and participated in winning several research/development projects grants, which were successfully implemented using the platform of ABU, Zaria. To date, Abubakar was involved in more than 21 projects sponsored by development partners like FAO, WB, ATI, IFAD, USAID, DFID, French Embassy in Nigeria, other donors, multi and bi-lateral collaborations, Government interventions covering areas like irrigated agriculture, irrigation system management, water supply and sanitation, water lifting devices, labour saving devices, agric mechanization, ground water pollution and land use, dry agriculture, water harvesting, irrigated soil management, etc.
- Professional Bodies Activities
Professor Abubakar is an active member and fellow of many professional bodies, among which are American Society of Agric & Bio-Res Engineers (ASABE), International Committee on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) Nig. Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Inst. of Agric Engineers (NIAE), International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO), Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON), etc. He is a registered and practicing Engineer with Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN). He was the National Chairman of Nig. Inst. of Agric Engineers (NIAE) between 2008 and 2012 and was a member the National Executive Committee of NIAE. He had served NSE in various capacities for over 2 decades including member and chairman of several Boards and Committees. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of Technical Transactions and Journal of Nig. Society of Engineers (NSE) under whose leadership the journal was transformed to an online publication and won TETFUND Sponsorship, where I converted the journal to an online publication at www.nsetransactions.org. He served as Chairman of the technical committee for NSE annual conference (2012-2018). He represented NSE at the development of National Integrated Infrastructural Master Plan (NIIMP): Strategies for Implementation in 2015. He was recently appointed as a member of COREN Council and Chairman of Education and Training Standing Committee of the Council.
- Community Services:
I am the Chairman of Board of Trustees, COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE (COMEIN) since 1998 to date, an NGO based in Kano involve in rural development in the areas of agriculture, irrigation management, rural water supply, and strengthening of community-based organizations. I am a member of board of Directors of WOMEN GENDER DEVELOPERS (WOGEND), an NGO based in Kano involve in the rehabilitation of child-girl abuse/trafficking and reintegration into the immediate society with a sustainable means of livelihood. Member of several community based organizations and self-help groups, religious organizations, community schools, etc in the Zaria, Kaduna and Kano, respectively.
- Grant attracted for Research & Development and Physical Projects
Participated in securing several research-based, development-based and promotion-based collaboration projects sponsored by multi-lateral, bi-lateral, donors like WB, FAO, IFAD, WAPP, etc, which were successfully implemented. The nature of the projects spans diverse fields of agricultural development, water resources and environmental management, economic and social development, youth empowerment and capacity development of institutions, etc. also led in the establishment of several strategic physical structures within ABU main campus during my tenure as Executive Director of NAERLS. The NAERLS SUITES AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, the printing press, the cafeteria complex and maintenance unit and the surfacing of the entire unit with ashfalt and the construction of the exist road of 750m length were amongst the few.
Professor Abubakar is proficient in ICT with the following skills: i) Microsoft Words, Excel, Access, SPSS, Powerpoint Programmes, ii) GIS Applications, iii) Autocard, iv) Audio and Video programme editing soft ware, v) ACCESS/SPSS, vi) On-line e-payment softwares.
- Outreach Activities
He also maintained a personal website at www.szabubakar.com here all my papers, lectures, books, presentations, monographs, etc are hoisted and shared on request.
Professor Abubakar main interest is to improve the living standard of rural people through sustained provision of knowledge, skill development and economic empowerment for effective participation in our national life. Assist them to over-come weaknesses that usually limit their capacities and capabilities; in order to attain their potentials, explore new opportunities and have full access to resources and information. I am very fun of world history, culture, economy and politics at all levels.
Engr. Abubakar Saqid Zubair is a Professor of Agric. & Bio-resource Engineering with specialization in Irrigation System design, development and management. He is a staff in ABU, Zaria since 1988. He is currently the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is happily married with children.
School of Postgraduate Studies
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna, Kaduna State.