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FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, MINNA
SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2021
Keynote Speakers


Dr. H. A. Shaba
Dr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba was a Director, Strategic Space Applications Department (SSA), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) as well as HOD, Department of Geoinformatics & GIS Applications, Institute of Space Science and Engineering (ISSE) affiliate of Africa University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja.
Dr. Shaba has successfully overseen and implemented over 20 projects among which are:

  • Mapping the Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Cross River State, Nigeria (Sponsored by FAO)
  • Erosion Mapping and Monitoring with Space Technology in South-East and South-South Nigeria (Sponsor by World Bank via NEWMAP).
  • Monitoring deforestation and forest degradation in cross river state, Nigeria (Part of the implementation of the UN-NEDD program in Nigeria)
  • National Personnel Audit Geospatial Digital Database Development: Sponsor by UBEC
  • Geo-referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (Grid3) Project in Nigeria (NASRDA, eHealth Africa, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) USA and Novel T)
  • Engagement for harmonization of health facilities database (Phase 1: Geospatial Tracking System (GTS): (Ministry of health, National Primary Health Care Development Agency collaborating with National Space Research & Development Agency, eHealth Africa Foundation and Novel T).
  • Space Based Digital Farm Monitoring from space for 2020 dry season farming (CBN Anchor Borrower)

Dr. Shaba has also provided services to several National and International Committees/Panels throughout his tenure as director SSA, amongst are:

  • Member, Nigerian Delegation to United Nations Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS) from 2005 to date
  • Member, Joint Expert Group 8 (JEG8) on the implementation of an integrated AU-EU Joint Strategy under the 8th Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space, 2010 to date.
  • Member, Extended Coordinating Team of Global Monitoring of the Environment & Africa (GMES & Africa), 2010 to date
  • Executive Committee Member & GEO Principal for Nigeria, Group on Earth Observation (GEO), Geneva, Switzerland (2013-date)

Under his watch as Director, SSA the agency has encouraged and developed capacity building for staff that produced over one hundred and fifty (150) PGDs and M.Sc in various Geospatial Technology fields as well as over fifteen (15) Ph.Ds. in related courses.
Finally, Dr. Shaba is a member of several organizations and has been conferred with the award of honorary fellow by the following prestigious bodies;

  • Geoinformation Society of Nigeria (GEOSON)
  • Society of Professional Disaster Risk Managers of Nigeria (SOPDRIMN)
  • Nigerian Cartographic Association (NCA)



Dr. M. Alkali
Dr. Muhammad Alkali is a versatile scientist, instructor, and administrator with numerous published articles in academic and scholarly journals. Before he was appointed the Group Head, SIC, Dr Alkali bagged his Ph.D in Integrated Systems Engineering with a research bias in Spacecraft Power Systems from Kyushu Institute of Technology (KYUTECH/KIT), a prestigious University of Technology in Japan. While in Japan, he participated in the design and development of the Electrical Power System of the Arc Event Generator and Investigator Satellite (AEGIS), a scientific spacecraft also known as Horyu-IV which was successfully launched into orbit onboard the H-2A rocket in February 2016. He received his Masters degree in Personal, Mobile & Satellite Communications from the University of Bradford ,England. His tertiary education commenced with a Bachelor degree (second class- upper divission) in Physics/Electronics from the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State. Dr. Muhammad Alkali has had a colorful, impactful career spanning from Advanced Microcomputer Systems to Central Bank of Nigeria (NYSC) to SAGEM SA to the Abuja area office of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) to the the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and finally to the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) where he has served in various capacities over the years in Satellite Network Control and Applications. He was also a pivotal member of the AFRICARE-NIGERIA’s project (Independent Policy Group), a think-tank for the President of Nigeria (2002-2003).
Dr. Alkali has always aimed to have an expansive international and local repertoire of knowledge while keeping abreast with industry trends. This has led to his participation in the study visit on European Union Global Navigation Satellite System in Spain, his attendance at the Indian Institute for Public Administration (IIPA) New Delhi, where he trained in Global Strategic Leadership for Growth and Sustainable Development. He attended the Advanced Visioning and Leadership Programme on Managing Human Capital and Shaping Culture organized by TL First Group/Institute of Leadership and Management of UK. He also attended a practical project management course at CCLL, Cardiff University-United Kingdom. When he joined NIGCOMSAT, he was among the 50 Scientists/Engineers trained at the China Academy of Space Technology/ Beijing Institute of Tracking & Telecommunications Technology for Know-how Technology Transfer training on NigComSat-1 from 2005. In 2008, he attended a Satellite networking course at PT Telkom learning Centre in Bandung, Indonesia. He has attended several international reputable conferences/seminars/workshops/Courses in Spain, China, England, U.S.A, Canada, Wales, Japan, India and Ghana, to name a few. Other courses attended by Dr. Alkali include Monitoring & Evaluation at Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON); Application of Engineering Economy Methods for Project Evaluation at the National Centre for Technology Management; Judgement and Managerial Decision Making with Lagos Business School.
Dr. Alkali is a fellow of the African Scientific Institute (FASI), a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration (FCAI), a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Member Nigerian Institute of Physics, and a Member of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (MCPN). Dr. Alkali has vast interests ranging from Design thinking;energy;ICT; science, technology, and innovations (STI) to spacecraft design and systems integrations (payload and bus systems).


Professor Abdul Kabir Mohammed
Professor Abdul Kabir Mohammed is currently serving as Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC. Previously, he served as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Winston Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC and prior to that appointment he was an Associate Professor at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC. Prof. Mohammed graduated from the University of Benin, Benin-City in 1983 with a B.Sc. (first class honors) degree in chemistry. He worked briefly in 1987 as a Graduate Assistant at Federal University of Technology, Yola (now Modibbo Adama University of Technology), before proceeding to Louisiana State University for his postgraduate education. He received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 1982 and did postdoctoral research at Florida State University from 1982 to 1983. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman from 2003 to 2004; and he served as a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria in the summers of 2017 and 2019. His research interests include photophysics and photochemistry of transition metal complexes and chemical education. He teaches general, inorganic and environmental chemistry courses.


Prof. Derek Tantoh Ndinteh
Prof. Derek Tantoh Ndinteh is an expert in areas of Natural Products Chemistry; drug discovery and drug delivery platforms. He is currently working on Natural Products Chemistry that deals with extraction, purification, isolation and characterization of chemical substances and evaluation of biological and pharmacological activities of African plants for pharmaceutical industries. He is interested in collaborating with Federal University of Technology, Minna on the evaluation of the antidiabetic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anticancer and anti-ulcerogenic potentials of secondary metabolites from Nigerian Medicinal Plants. Our interaction so far with Prof. Derek Tantoh Ndinteh has been very mutual and beneficial to both Universities involved because it has potential to increase our visibility at global level based on academic activities and mainstreaming and replication of the research and teaching outcomes of this collaboration by the staff and students can be integrated into overall development of Nigeria and South Africa.

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