The immediate past President of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN), Professor Victor Okechukwu Chude, fsssn has been re-appointed to chair the African Soil Partnership of the United Nation’s Food Agricultural Organization (FAO). In a letter convening the re-appointment, Ronald Vargas, the Secretary, Global Soil Partnership predicated his re-appointment on his outstanding leadership performance during the recently successfully concluded AfSP workshop in Rome. The appointment is for a period of two years starting June 2018.
Prof Chude is arguably the longest serving President of the Society (2004-2018) and has contributed immensely towards the global visibility enjoyed by the Society. Without doubt his era could be termed the “golden era”. His meritorious service to the Society include Assistant Secretary, Secretary and Vice President (2000-2003). Prof Chude started his working career as Research Fellow at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (1978-1988), Professor at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria ( 1988-2002) and has been a Consultant to the National Programme for Food Security, Abuja since 2003. Prof Chude is widely travelled and has also been a key speaker at numerous National and International seminars and conferences on the nature and status of Soil Science in Nigeria across continents visiting countries like Germany, Brazil, USA, Niger, Togo, Netherlands, Burkina-Faso, Australia, Italy, Kenya, China, Korea, Colombia, Israel just to mention a few. He has also supervised and co-supervised 13 PhD, 13 M.Sc and several B.Sc student theses. Prof Chude is a true Nigeria who speaks ALL the three major Nigerian languages fluently. He is married with Children.