ABALAKA, Prof Joseph Ahmadu

Born March 16, 1947

Odu Ofugo, Dekina, Benue State




Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Rita Asimawu (married 1969)
State of Origin: Kogi State
Father's Name
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
Mother's Status N/A
Number of Male Children 2
Number of Female Children 3
Profession Biochemist
Working Experience Laboratory Technician, Government Training School, Bukuru, Jos, January-September 1965 , Customs and Excise Officer, Board of Customs and Excise, Lagos, June-September 1967 , Quality Control Brewer, North Brewery Ltd Kano, 1971-72 , Science Master and Acting Principal, St. Thomas Secondary School, Kano, July-December 1972 , Graduate Assistant, Biochemistry Department, University of Wisconsin, 1973-74 , Graduate Assistant/Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin, 1975-77 , Assist, Director, Foreign Students Centre, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1975-77 , Lecturer in Biochemistry and Biology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1977-81 , Lecturer, Federal University of Technology, Minna , Assistant, Dean, Faculty of Science, 1978-81 , Acting Head, Department of Microbiology, 1981-82 , Senior Lecturer, 1981-86; , Head, Department of Microbiology, 1982- 87 , Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science, 1983-84; , Associate Professor, Biochemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1985-87 , Dean, 1985-87; , Professor/head, Biological Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Minna, 1988-90 , DG/CEO, standards organisation of Nigeria, 1990
Previous Appointments:

Member, American Society for Microbiology, since 1976;
Member, New York Academy of Sciences, 1978
Member, Benue State Public Accounts Committee, 1978-79;
Head, Department of Biochemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1981-87;
Member, World Health Organisation, Aflatoxin Sample Check Committee, 1983;
Member, Board of Directors, Benue Cement Company, since 1984;
Member, Governing Council, College of Educa tion, Ankpa, Benue State, 1984-87;
Dean, Faculty of Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1985-87;
Member, Science Panel, National Universities Commission Panel on Academic Standards of Universities,1986.
Member, Board of Directors, Jos Steel Rolling Company, 1987;

ICSA Scholar, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1967-71;
Federal Government Postgraduate Scholar, 1973-77.
Nigerian Institute of Food and Technology, 1976;
Nigerian Society for Microbiology,1976;
Aflatoxin Check Sample Committee;
New York Academy of Science, USA, since 1980;
Biochemical Society of Nigeria, 1982;
Association of Official Analytical Chemists, USA, 1982;
International Agency for Research on Cancer, Paris, 1983-88;
Representative, Benue State, Board of Directors, Benue Cement Company, Gboko, 1984-86, 1987-91;
Coordinator, British Council and Overseas Development Administration Programme on Rehabilitation of Equipment, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1986-87,
Board of Directors, Jos Steel Rolling Company Ltd 1987-89;
Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, since 1988;
Japanese Agricultural and Biochemical Associations,1988;
Chairman/Coordinator, United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission’s Committee for Africa, 1991-95;
American Society for Microbiology, 1995;
Vice Chairman, United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, 1995-97;
Fellow: Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology;

Odu Gboyaga Primary School, 1954-57; Alloma Primary School, 1958-59; Ochaja Secondary School, 1960-64; Federal School of Science, Lagos, 1965-67; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1967-71; University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, 1973-77

Stauffer Company, Graduate Research Award, Department of Microbiology, University of Wisconsin, USA, 1975-77;
Hatch’s Grant for Outstanding Graduate Research Programme, University of Wisconsin, 1976;
Best Foreign Research Student Assistant, University of Wisconsin, 1976;
Honorary Scientist of Egyptian Academy of Scientists, 1983

Co-author, The Role of Universities in National Economic Recovery,
Baraka Press and Publishers Limited, Kaduna, 1990;
Co-author, Immobilization of Whole Cells in Alcoholic Fermentation, Nigeria Food Journal;
Co-author, Raw Materials and Resource Utilization: Potential for Local Cereals and Tubers as Raw Materials for Brewing;
Minna Food Agricultural Journal;
and many other publications

Lawn tennis, Reading (political books), Ayo, Draught

December 29, 2008
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