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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 landuse planning with an affinity for environmental impact assessment of natural resources utilization.

He has over 30 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, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, 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.


Prof Raji is a senior soil scientist of repute. He has published numerous papers in many scientific journals of international standing spread across the United State of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Belgium, India, Pakistan, The Netherlands, and Nigeria. He has to his credit over 90 publications, over 50 of which are in Journal publications in the areas of characterization and management of marginal land resources for sustainable agricultural production, and groundwater quality evaluation for irrigation. Prof Raji has also been a key speaker at National and International seminars and conferences, among which is the International Conference on Desertification, 2002 at Cape Town, the 18th World Congress of Soil Science, 2006 at Philadelphia, USA, 4th Sino-African Agricultural Education Workshop in Beijing, China August 2007, All African Soil Science Society Conference and the Soil Science Society of Nigeria Conferences.


Currently, Prof Raji is the Vice Chancellor of Fountain University, Osogbo. He was Coordinator of the Department of Forest Resources Management of the University of Ilorin while on visiting appointment between 2010 and 2012. He completed his tenure as the Dean of Students 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. He has and is participating, actively in many University based committees among which is the University Senate representative on the Governing Board of National Agricultural Extension Research Liaison Services, ABU, Zaria between 2003 and 2005.



Aside from Prof Raji’s academic and research activities, he has also served as consultant to government (Federal and State-NALDA, FME, FMARD), private sector and International organization (World Bank) in a number of soil survey, Land degradation evaluation, soil and water quality assessment and soil testing projects. He was the State coordinator for the Monthly/Quarterly Technology Review Meeting (MTRM/QTRM) for Zamfara State (2000-2004) having been an active member of the Core Team for Katsina State (1996-2000) through the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR-ABU). Prof Raji has served diligently as the chairman, Soil Science Departmental Research Planning Committee (1996-2002); Secretary, Soil Science Departmental Postgraduate Committee (1996-2002); Secretary, Soil Science Departmental Analytical Committee (1996-2000); Managing Editor, Nigerian Journal of Soil research (1999-2006); Associate Editor, Nigerian Journal of Soil and Environmental Research (2007-Date), Assistant Secretary, Soil Science Society of Nigeria (1999-2003); Treasurer, Soil Science Society of Nigeria (2003-Date).


Prof B.A. Raji is a Life member and Fellow of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN), Life member of Science Association of Nigeria (SAN), Fellow of Corporate Administration of Nigeria and African Academy of Science and an active corporate member of the following learned societies: Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS), Indian Soil Science Society (ISSS) (Financially inactive now), Nigerian Society of Remote Sensing (NSRS), All African Soil Science Society (AASSS) and has been the National Treasurer of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) since 2004.  He has also served as reviewer to several scientific Journals; Nigerian Journal of Soil Research, Journal of Arid Agriculture, SPECTRUM, Journal of Agriculture and Environment, Current Science, Samaru Journal of Agricultural Research, and Science Forum.




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