Name: Professor Fatima Batul Mukhtar

Vice-Chancellor Central Administration, Federal University Dutse, Nigeria

The Vice Chancellor

Professor Fatima Batul Mukhtar was born in Kano city of Nigeria on 23rd May, 1963. She attended Shahuci Primary School from 1969 to 1973 and Shekara Girls Primary School from 1973 to 1975. She attended Government Girls College Dala from 1975 to 1980 for her Secondary School Education. She later joined School of Basic Studies in the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for one year IJMB Program from 1980 to 1981. She was accordingly admitted into the Faculty of Science in the same University in 1981. She later graduated in 1984 with Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Botany. Upon completion of her first degree, she was posted to the Kano State Ministry of Agriculture where she served for her one year mandatory youth service scheme (N.Y.S.C.) from 1984 to 1985. She pursued her Postgraduate Degree in the famous Bayero University Kano where she was awarded a Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Botany (Plant physiology) in 1994 and was immediately employed as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences by the same University.

She was promoted to Lecturer II in 1997 and Lecturer I in 2000. While she was still a Lecturer I, she concluded her Doctoral Degree in the same University and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Botany (Plant physiology) in 2001.She was promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader and later Professor in 2003, 2007 and 2010 respectively. She was also a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences Northwest University, Kano (On leave of absence from Bayero University, Kano.) in 2013 to 2016.

Professor Fatima Batul Mukhtar has held many responsibilities in the University from level coordinator, Head of Department, Dean, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor before becoming a substantive Vice-Chancellor for the Federal University Dutse in March, 2016.

  1. New York Academy of Science, USA ID No., 00498066
  2. Third World Organization for Women in Science
  3. Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology M- 147
  4. Botanical Society of Nigeria
  5. Science Association of Nigeria
  6. Botanical Society of America (BSA)
  7. Association of Plant Biologists, USA
  1. Muslim Sisters Organization of Nigeria (MSO)
  2. Federation of Muslim Women Associations in Nigeria
  3. Women Farmers Association in Nigeria (WOFAN)
  4. Bayero University Female Forum

Professor Fatima Batul Mukhtar is a Botany Editor in Biological and Environmental Sciences Journal for the Tropics from 2004 to date, Editor in Journal of Agricultural Technology (JAT) from 2002 to date, Editor in Hikima Journal of the School of Art and Social Sciences, Jigawa State College of Education, Gumel from 2005 to date and also Editor in International Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences from 2009 to date. She was a member – Accreditation Panel – National Board of Technical Education. She was an External Examiner at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto between 2008 and 2011, External Examiner at NDA Kaduna from 2013 to date. She has supervised more than 140 undergraduate projects, more than 20 M.Sc. Theses and more than 5 Ph.D. students. Prof Fatima has published many articles in both local and international reputable journals. Founder of the Kano Botanic Garden, she is happily married and blessed with five children.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor Central Administration, Federal University Dutse, Nigeria

DVC Admin

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.

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