A top rate scientist whose academic life and contibutions to the society are marked by excellence, Prof. Abdullahi Bala was born on March 27, 1967 in Suleja, Niger State.
He is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with a First Class Honours in Agriculture. 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 PhD in Soil Microbiology.
He worked with Africare Nigeria, an international as Associate Policy Analyst at the Independent Policy Group, 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.
His administrative experience in the Federal University of Technology, Minna is very wide as he has served in more than 60 committees, chairing close to half of them. He was Director, Centre for Preliminary and Extra-Mural Studies, Head of Department, Soil Science, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics and Administration and currently the Vice- Chancellor of the 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, Soil Science Society of Nigeria.