Name: Professor Usman Adamu Izge [B. Agric., M. Sc. (ABU), PhD (FUTY), FCAI]
Tel: +2348030636782, +2348080622566
Professor Usman Adamu Izge, was born at the then General Hospital Maiduguri on 16th December, 1966. He attended Izge ‘A’ Primary School from 1972 to 1978 and Mafoni Primary School in Maiduguri from 1978 to 1980. From there he proceeded to Government Secondary School Jakusko in Yobe State from 1980 to 1982 and then Government Science Secondary School Gashua also in Yobe State from 1982 to 1985 where he was the Assistant Head Boy in 1984 and Head Boy in 1985.
He was admitted into the School of Basic Studies (SBS), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from August 1985 to June, 1986 and then to Faculty of Agriculture also at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1986. He graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Agriculture Degree in Crop Science and subsequently did his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as a class room teacher at Government College Wamba, Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State from October 1990 to September, 1991. On completion of NYSC he was appointed as Assistant Lecturer in December 1991 at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri, where he taught courses in agriculture up to January, 1994.
In the same year 1994, he was appointed as Graduate Assistant in the then Department of Crop Science and now Department of Crop Production, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maiduguri on 17th January. He proceeded for Postgraduate Degree also in the same year 1994 to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, where he graduated with a Masters’ of Science Degree in Genetics and Crop Breeding in 1998. After completion of his Masters Degree, he returned to Maiduguri and was promoted to Assistant Lecturer in the same year, 1998. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Lecturer II in 2000 and to Lecturer I in 2002.
He enrolled for his PhD Degree at the then Federal University of Technology, now Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola in 2004 and graduated in 2007 with a PhD Degree in Genetics and Crop Breeding. Upon returning to Maiduguri after obtaining his PhD Degree, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer in October, 2007 and to Associate Professor in October, 2009 and to Professor in October, 2012 all by the University of Maiduguri Governing Council.
Professor Izge was a member, Faculty of Agriculture University of Maiduguri Research Committee, secretary, Standing Committee on Examination Malpractice, member, National Agricultural and Land Development (NALDA) feasibility studies, member, Farm Management Committee. He was also a Departmental Examination Officer and a Faculty Year Coordinator. He was a Member University of Maiduguri Biotechnology and Technical Implementation Committee, member Board of Journal of Arid Agriculture, elected member from University of Maiduguri Congregation on Campus Tenant Committee, elected member from University of Maiduguri Congregation on Campus Motoring Committee. He was a member, Curriculum Review Committee, saddled with the review of curriculum for the Faculty of Agriculture in Federal University Kashere. At the State level, Professor Izge was a member, Borno State Government Agricultural Transformation Team from 2012 to 2015.
He was the Chairman, Strategic Planning Drafting Committee, Federal University Dutse, Chairman, Administrative Investigative Committee, Chairman, Teaching and Learning Committee, Chairman, War Against Grade Sorting, Chairman, Junior Staff Disciplinary Committee, Chairman, University Health Policy Committee, Chairman, University Farm, Chairman, Academic Brief Review Committee, Chairman, Student Disciplinary Committee, Chairman, House Allocation Committee, Member, Finance and General Purpose Committee on Council, and Member, Appointment and Promotion Committee also on Council. He is Chairman, Committee on the review of scheme of service for Academic Staff, Chairman, review of conditions of service for junior and senior non-teaching staff. Professor Izge is also the Chairman, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee on TetFund Projects, and Chairman, Sevicom Committee. He is a Member, Procurement Planning Committee, Member, of Committee of Board of Consultancy Services and Member, Federal University Dutse Security Committee.
At National level, Professor Izge was a State Facilitator, national immunization baseline coverage survey in charge of Nasarawa State in 2001. He was a member on a National Study for the Rehabilitation of Public Irrigation Scheme. A facilitator, National Population and Housing Census. Member, National Experts on Climate Change that was charged with the preparation of Nigeria 2nd National Communication on Green House Gases, Vulnerability and Adaptability. He was the Team Leader, North eastern Nigeria, Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project, sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation. He has been a visiting Professor in the Department of Crop Production, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi since 2013 and have been external examiner in several other Universities. He was also a visiting lecturer in Nasarawa State University, Shabu-Lafia Campus from 2008-2010. Professor Izge supervised several postgraduate students both at M. Sc and PhD.
He was the Head of Department, Department of Crop Production, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maiduguri from 2010 to 2012 and then proceeded on sabbatical leave in 2012 to Federal University Dutse in Jigawa State, where he is on leave of absence at the moment.
Professor Izge was the pioneer Head of Crop Science Department, Federal University Dutse. He was Dean of Student Affairs, Federal University Dutse and was the Editor-in-Chief, Dutse Journal of Agriculture and Food Security (DUJAFS). He was also the Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance of the University. Presently, Professor Izge is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Central Administration, Federal University Dutse.
He has received several awards among which are, the Best Maize Technology Development and Dissemination Team Award, by Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation in 2007 and 2010. The distinguished award of honour by the Farm Management Association of Nigeria (FAMAN). Fellow Award by Corporate Affairs Institute. Award of Excellence by National Association of Agricultural Students. Award of Honour as 1st PhD holder in Izge Community by Izge Student Association, Award of Honour as 1st Professor in Izge Community and Gwoza West also by Izge Student Association.
Professor Izge is a member of Genetic Society of Nigeria (GSN), Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN), Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN) and several other professional bodies. He has published widely and has to his credit more than 45 publications including books and articles that appears in national and international reputable journals.
Professor Izge has visited several countries in Europe. He has also visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and several countries in Africa and Asia. Professor Izge can simply be described as honest, hard working and level headed individual. He minds his business. He is happily married. By the grace of God Almighty, Professor Izge has been blessed with a number of fast growing, healthy and amiable children.