Elected Executive Members as at 2017

PRESIDENT – Prof Victor O. Chude

Prof Victor Okechukwu Chude holds a doctoral and Master of Science degrees in Soil Science from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan and a B.Sc in Plant/Soil Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Prof. Chude has diverse working experience having meritoriously served as a Senior Research Fellow in Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Professor at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Consultant to NPFS/FAO over the last 35 years. Within his short stay in the University system (1988-2002), Prof Chude impacted on research outputs with several completed research projects with local and international research collaborators like IFDC, IITA, in the use of Sokoto Rock Phosphate and plant nutrition of Boron micronutrient.
He has also published numerous papers in many scientific journals, Proceedings and Chapters in books of international standing spread across the United State of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Belgium, India, Pakistan, The Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Trinidad, Japan and Nigeria. Over 150 publications, over 80 of which are in Journal publications in the areas of soil fertility, plant nutrition, fertilizer formulation and assessment are credited to him. Besides his research work, he has also supervised and co-supervised 13 PhD, 13 M.Sc and several B.Sc student theses.

Prof. V. O. Chude could be reached via his email:


Prof. O. O. Agbede could be contacted via his email:

TREASURER – Prof. B. A. Raji
Prof Bashiru Ademola RAJI holds a doctoral degree in Soil Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a postgraduate diploma in Soil Survey using remote sensing from the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Science, Enschede, The Netherlands. He has his background in Geology having obtained B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in the field. Prof Raji specialization area is soil genesis, classification, soil survey and land use planning with an affinity for environmental impact assessment of natural resources utilization. He has over 25 years of enviable teaching, research and consulting experience in his field.

Prof B.A. Raji is a devoted and committed teacher who has taught a number of courses in Soil Science and Geology at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and University of Calabar, Calabar and Uthmano Danfodio University, Sokoto on visiting appointment. Besides his research work, he has also supervised and co-supervised 5 PhD, 11 M.Sc and 20 B.Sc student theses.

Currently, Prof Raji is the Dean of Students Affairs Division of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, He was the Head, Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, and the Director, Directorate of Academic Planning and Monitoring of the University between 2006 and 2008. He also served as the Assistant Dean (Postgraduate) for the Faculty of Agriculture between 2003 and 2005. Prior to these, he has severally acted for the Fibre Research Programme Leader, IAR-ABU from 1996 –2002.


Prof. B. A. Raji could be contacted via his email:

SECRETARY GENERAL – Prof. J. A. Adediran
Prof. J. A. Adediranis a Research Professor in the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training of the ObafemiAwolowo University. He is a seasoned scientist with 25years experience in soil fertility/nutrient resources management, has published 62 Journal Articles and 13Conference Proceedings both nationally and internationallyand attended over 25 Scientific Conferences and Workshops.
He holds PhD degree in Soil Fertility in 1987 and accomplished postdoctoral studies in agricultural research management strategies in 1988. Since 1989, he works in the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) of the ObafemiAwolowo University. He was Coordinator of Central Laboratory Services (1993-1995), Head of Soil Fertility Unit (1995-1996), acting Head of the Soil and Water Management Programme (1997-1999), was on Sabbatical Leave on Research Fellowship to University of Fort Hare, South Africa (2000-2001) and Head of Land and Water Resources Management Programme (2003-2006), Deputy Director of the Institute (April, 2006 – March, 2010), Head, Publication Unit and Editor-In-Chief, Moor Journal of Agriculture in the Institute (2010-2013), Executive Director in the Institute (2013 to date) and has being a standing member of Faculty Board and Senate in the Obafemi Awolowo University.
Prof. J. A. Adediran could be contacted via his email:


Prof. D. O. Asawalam could be contacted via his email:

EDITOR IN CHIEF – Prof. S. O. Ojeniyi
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BUSINESS MANAGER – Prof. A. A. Olayinka
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CHAIRMAN, AWARD – Prof. T. A. Okusami
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EX OFFICIO – Chief Charles Ezendu
Chief Charles Ezendu is a Soil Chesmist who obtained his B.Sc in Chemistry from the University from Dayton University, Dayton, Ohio, USA in 1968 and his Masters in Soil Chemistry from the Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in 1970. He has attended and Chaired numerous conferences and workshops both in Nigeria and abroad such as Visit to National Conservation Centre USA in June 15, 2003 which held in 3 different states in the country and also The II World Congress on Conservation Agriculture Promoted by the Brazillian Federation of No-Tillage on Crop Residue and by the Confederation of American Associations for Sustainable Agriculture in Foz Do Iguacu, Parana, Brazil.


Chief Ezendu worked as a Research Chemist in the Soil and Water Quality Laboratory in Procter and Gamble Co. Cincinnati,,, Ohio, U.S.A from 1970 to 1976. He returned home to Nigeria afterwards and joined the Civil Service. From 1983 to 1991, he served as the Head, Soil Fertility Division, Kaduna. Consequently, from 1993 – 2001, he served as the Deputy Director, Land Resources Department, and was later appointed as the Director, Agric. Land Resources Department from January 2001 to April, 2004. Presently, he is a Soil Fertility Consultant for National Programme for Food Security and FADAMA.

Chief Charles Ezendu could be contacted via his email: