Prof. Idris Muhammad Bugaje
LOC Chairman

Professor Idris Muhammad Bugaje was born at Bugaje, Katsina State. He had his early education in Katsina before proceeding to the famous Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained Bachelor’s Degree B.Eng. Hons in 1980 and MSc in 1988. He received commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Award in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1993 where he studied Energy Engineering at the University of Newcastle Upon-Tyne, for his PhD. Bugaje served the compulsory NYSC at the NNPC Refinery in Warri, and started his working career as a Trainee Process Engineer at Nigerian Paper Mill, Jebba, in 1981.

He later moved to academia in 1983 doing research and lecturing spanning over three decades at the Sokoto Energy Research Centre, Kaduna Polytechnic, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Maiduguri, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and the University of Johannesburg. He also served as Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa (2000-2004) and was the Director General, National Research Institute for Chemical Technology, Zaria (2011 to 2016) before his appointment as Rector, Kaduna Polytechnic in September 2017. Prof. Bugaje is a registered Engineer with COREN and Fellow of the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (SESN) and the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE).

Obi Cletus Ezem
LOC Co-chair

Obi Cletus Ezem was born on 11th October, 1950.
Educational Qualifications

  • Masters in International Affairs and Strategic Studies (MIASS) 2013 from NDA Kaduna
  • BSc in Chemical Engineering from University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) Ile Ife. 1978
  • WASC Government College Ibadan. 1970

Professional Qualification
  • Fellow Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (FNSChE) 2003
  • Fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE)

Work Experience

Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company Ltd (KRPC)
TOPPING UNIT KRPC: Held several positions from Assistant Chief Operator to Area Superintendent. Team Leader, Commissioning team of the De-bottlenecking Project of the No 1 Crude Distillation Unit, to increase capacity from 50,000 BPSD to 60,000 BPSD (1986). Topping Unit: Turn Around Maintenance Coordinator (1984,1986)
ENGINEERING & TECHNICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, KRPC (1991 - 1998) Superintendent, FUELS Plant, Superintendent, Power Plant & Utilities. Officer-in-Charge, Process Engineering Department
Special Contributions: Chairman, Energy Conservation Committee: Successfully trained over 150 staff on energy conservation awareness and implementation strategies
Planning & Budget Monitoring Department KRPC, (1998 - 2010) Departmental Manager
SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS: Chairman Investigation Panel on Factors leading to the failure of all (3 Nos) KRPC Nitrogen Plant Expansion Turbines. Chairman, KRPC Think Tank on KRPC Process Plants re-streaming

Engr. Garba Muhammad Tsauni
Co-chair/Welfare Sub-Committee Chairman

Born on 26th May 1962 in Bida, Niger State Graduated from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, in 1988 with B. ENG in Chemical Engineering. Highly motivated Chemical Engineer with over 27 years of refining experience and proven ability to develop and implement strategies that support operations & refining objectives.

Ag. Manager, Engineering & Technical Services Department (ETSD) (2017 to Date)

Positions Held at Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Ltd.
  • Deputy Manager, Process Engineering, Engineering & Technical Services Department, KRPC (Jan. 2013 to Feb. 2017)
  • Technical Assistant to the Managing Director, KRPC Managing Director’s Office (Aug 2007 to 2013)
  • Superintendent, Process Engineering Power Plant & Utilities Engineering & Technical Services Department, KRPC (Feb. 2004 to Aug. 2007)
  • Process Engineer (Lubes Plant, Fuels Area 2 and Power Plant & Utilities - PPU) Engineering & Technical Services Department, KRPC (Sept. 1991 to Feb. 2004).
  • NNPC - Project PACE (Phase 2A) Counterpart Staff with Accenture, National Content Work stream Corporate Headquarters (May 2005 to Jan. 2006)
  • Project facilitation for the Chief Officers Management Development Programme (COMDP)

Kaduna Polytechnic, Dept. of Chem. Eng. Lecturer (1989 - 1991); Taught Fuels and Combustion, Assistant Departmental Examination Officer.

Cross River State School of Basic Studies Akamkpa NYSC Teacher (1988 - 89); Taught Mathematics and Chemistry.

Attended several Engineering and non-technical courses locally and overseas.

Prof. I. A. Mohammed-Dabo
Kaduna Chapter Chairman/Registration Sub-Committee Chairman

Chapter Chairman, Kaduna Chapter. Deputy National Chairman Institute of Polymer Engineers (IPE), Fellow of the Institute Polymer Engineers (FIPE); Deputy Dean Student Affairs, ABU Zaria, Team Leader, Minirefinery Development Research Team, ABU Zaria. Former Head, Chemical Engineering Department ABU Zaria, Professor of Chemical Engineering (Refining); Graduate of prestigious Gubkin University of Oil and Gas, Moscow, Russia where he bagged MSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering. Happily married with children.

Engr. Ephraim Gaska Kefas, MNSChE
Chapter/LOC Secretary

Engr. Ephraim Gaska Kefas, Secretary, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, NSChE, Kaduna Chapter, was born on the14th February 1964 in Numan, Adamawa State. He attended Government Secondary School, Hong where he obtained his West African School Certificate, in 1982. He further went to Kaduna Polytechnic where he obtained his National, Higher National Diploma, and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Technical) in 1986, 1991 and 2007 respectively. He obtained his Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Federal University of Technology Minna in 2001 and 2013. He is a registered Engineer with Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and has special Research interest in Environmental and Biofuels. He was the immediate past Treasurer of the Chapter. He has been in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Kaduna Polytechnic, as a staff, since 1987 to date. He was once a Departmental Examination Officer and the Dean Students Affairs of Kaduna Polytechnic. He is married to Esther Ephraim and is blessed with five children. His hobbies include playing table tennis, football and gospel music.

Engr. Dr. Mohammed Kabir Abdullahi
Logistics/Protocol Sub-Committee Chairman

Experienced in Energy and Multiphase Flow, Rector Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Zaria

Specialization: Gas-liquid Two-phase Flow in Pipes/Thermodynamic Analysis of Processes

Professional Society Affiliations: MNSChE, MNSE, AMIChE (UK), R Engr. (COREN)

Benjamin O. Aderemi
Technical/Editorial Sub-Committee Chairman

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Specialization: Chemical Reaction Engineering/Biochemical Engineering/Engineering Materials

Exhibition Sub-Committee Chairman
Engr. ADEBAYO Afolabi Ezekiel MNSChE, MNSE

R. Engr. (COREN)
B. SC, M. SC Chemical Engineering

Area of Specialization: Chemical Reaction Engineering, Petroleum Refining & Petrochemical Technology
Chief Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna

Engr. Nura Muhammad Inuwa
Publicity Sub-Committee Chairman

Experienced in design and fabrication of process equipment

Merit Awards:
Gold Medal NASTECH EXPO 2007
Gold Medal All Nigeria Polytechnics EXPO 2008
Gold Medal NASTECH EXPO 2014
NSChE Presidential Merit Award for Selfless Service 2012

Treasurer Kaduna Chapter 2006 – 2010
Secretary Kaduna Chapter 2010 – 2013
Secretary Local Organising Committee 42nd NSChE Annual Conference, AGM and Exhibition 2012

Professional Bodies affiliations:

Professional Bodies affiliations: MNSChE, MNSE, R. Engr. (COREN)

Engr. Diya'uddeen Basheer Hasan, PhD
Security Sub-Committee Chairman

Engr. Diya’uddeen Basheer Hasan is an Associate Professor and a Head of Department (MSDS) with Centter for Energy Research and Training (CERT), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Before joining CERT he was Acting Director and Head of Department, Industrial and Environmental Technology Department (IETD) at National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT). Other places Engr. Diya’uddeen worked include: Chemical Engineering Department of Kaduna Polytechnic; Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Department of Sultan Qaboos University, Oman; Chemical Engineering Department of University of Malaya, Malaysia; Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil and Chemical Engineering Department, University of Maiduguri. He is also an external examiner to Bayero University Kano.

Engr. Diya’uddeen won the Best Prize for the prestigious Boskel Chemical Engineering Award in 2014 (presented at the 44th Annual Dinner/Award Programme of NSChE, Imo State), timely PhD completion award (2012), Best Prize Winner Engineering PhD Competition (2010), Best Conference Paper at CROWA (Isfahan - 2012), 4th position award of the Top 25 Hottest Articles ranking of the most downloaded articles on PSEP globally (Elsevier – Netherlands) and featured in the 2015 list of top 600 researchers in Nigeria (ranking done according to GSC profiles by European Commission 7th Framework Programme, Capacities, Science in Society).

The scholarly contributions of Engr. Diya’uddeen are well over 100 in form of articles/technical presentations, a reviewer to over 20 reputable international scientific journals and holds corporate and professional membership of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE), Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) - UK, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Environment Society (NES), Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Material Society of Nigeria (MSN) and Polymer Institute of Nigeria (PIN).

On Security, he is a member of a frontline security Agency and Member of the CERT Reactor Safety Committee and formerly Chair, NARICT Security Committee.

Local Organizing Committee
Engr. Prof. I. M. Bugaje Chairman
Engr. O. C. Ezem Co-Chairman
Engr. G. T. Muhammad Co-Chairman
Engr. Prof. I. A. Mohammed-Dabo Chapter Chairman
Engr. Prof. A. S. Ahmed
Engr. Dr. B. A. Enjugu
Engr. Dr. S. N. Mumah
Engr. M. Ugoh
Engr. Prof. B. O. Aderemi
Engr. Dr. M. K. Abdullahi
Engr. E. A. Adebayo
Engr. M. L. Funtua
Engr. N.M. Inuwa
Engr. Prof. B. J. El-Yakub
Engr. I. Muazu
Engr. Dr. S. M. Waziri
Engr. Dr. A. Hamza
Engr. Dr. B. H. Diya'uddeen
Engr. S. Mohammed
Engr. S. I. Lamido
Engr. O. Safriel (Mrs)
Engr. Dr. K. Muazu
Engr. Dr. I. Haruna
Engr. I. Aondover
Engr. A. Anwar
Engr. E. G. Kefas Chapter/LOC Secretary
Advisory Committee
Engr. M. S. Bello, FNSChE
Engr. S. I. Sodangi, FNSChE
Engr. A. L. Yar’adua, FNSChE
Engr. A. Bukar, FNSChE