Professor Lazarus Mustapha OJIGI was born on the 26th August, 1969 in Imane, Olamaboro LGA, Kogi State, Nigeria. He holds National Diploma (ND) in Surveying from the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State (1988). He obtained the B.Sc. (Surveying) degree with 2nd Class honours (Upper Division) in May 1994 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He served in the National Youth Service Corp scheme in Kebbi State during the 1993/94 service year. He had his postgraduate training at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria where he obtained Master of Technology (M.Tech.) and PhD degrees in Applied Remote Sensing in 1998 and 2005 respectively. His specializations are in the areas of Space Geodesy, Satellite Remote Sensing, Geospatial Data Science and Engineering Surveying.
Prof. Ojigi has over 25 years wealth of experience in teaching, research and administration, with outstanding local and international proficiency/specialised trainings and experiences inSurveying & Geoinformatics, Computing, and Space Science and Technology. He is a Registered Surveyor with the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON), anda Member of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (mnis), and currently represent the Academia in the NIS Council (2019-date). He is a member of the Expert Working Group onAfrican Reference Frame (AFREF) under the auspices of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). He has represented Nigeria in several SpaceScience and Technology-related Technical Working Groups (TWGs), Meetings and Training Workshops in Africa, Europe, South America, and Asia.
His academic career started at the Federal University of Technology Minna in August 1995 as an Assistant Lecturer, and he rose through the ranks to the position of Associate Professor in October 2010.He was a Visiting Reader at the department of Geomatics, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (2011-2014). Hewas appointed Professor of Surveying and Geoinformaticsin August, 2014, at the famous Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He has over 100 Local and International scientific/technical publications in learned journals and refereed proceedings to his credit. He has served as a guest speaker to several local and international workshops, seminars and conferences, and has externally examined over 90 postgraduate researches/theses (M.Sc./M.Tech. & PhD) across Universities in Nigeria. He has successively supervised 7 PhD and 20 M.Sc. candidates to-date, and currently supervising 8 PhD and 21 M.Sc. candidates. He is the initiator and coordinator of Pan-African Space Research Network (P-ASRN), which is aimedat thenetworking and integration of African experts/cutting-edge researches in Space Science and Technology (SST), and know-how technology transfer (KHTT) in SST innovations and applications in Africa.
He is now the Director of Mission Planning, Information Technology & Data Management Department, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Obasanjo Space Centre, Abuja, Nigeria. Prof. Ojigi worked briefly as Assistant Technical Officer (ATO)-Surveys, with the Federal Surveys Department [now known as the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGoF)], Federal Ministry of Works & Housing, Field Headquarters, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria (June 1989-Jan. 1990).He was the Head of department of Surveying & Geoinformatics and the Deputy-Dean, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeriain 2006-2008 and 2008-2010 respectively.
He was the pioneer Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Technology & Science Journal (ETSJ), Federal University of Technology, Minna (2006-2009). He is the Editor-in-Chief ofNigerian Journal of Surveying and Geoinformatics (NJSG) (2012-date) and the International Journal of Geoinformation & Earth Sciences (IJGES) (2018-date), published by Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) and Geoinformation Society of Nigeria (GEOSON), respectively.He is a guest editor/reviewer for Springer Nature Applied Sciences (SNAS) Journal, Springer Publishers (Nov., 2018-date) and reviewer for Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMAS) Journal, EVISE-Elsevier Publishers (July, 2018-date), andJournal of Transport and Health, EVISE-Elsevier Publishers (July, 2018-date). He is also a reviewer for the South African Journal of Geomatics (SAJG), and several other international geomatics/scientific publishers.
Prof. Ojigi is the Chairman, National Association of Surveying & Geoinformatics Lecturers (NASGL) (Feb. 2019-date). He is the Secretary General,International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) National Committee for Nigeria/Nigerian Union of Planetary and Radio Sciences (NUPRS), (2015-date). He is a member of many international and local professionalcommittees, organisations, associations and scientific research groups on Surveying, Geodesy, Space Technology and ICT, some of which includes, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Nigerian Association of Geodesy (NAG),Geoinformation Society of Nigeria (GEOSON), Nigerian Union of Planetary and Radio Sciences (NUPRS), Earth Information System-Africa (EIS-Africa), African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), IEEE/Geoscience & Remote Sensing Society, andNational Association of Surveying & Geoinformatics Lecturers (NASGL).
His current research efforts are on: “Integration of Space Geodetic Techniques, Earth Observation Systems (Satellite Altimetry/InSAR/LiDAR/Satellite Imageries, etc.) and Marine/Ocean-Atmospheric Reanalysis Datasets for geo-hazard monitoring and modeling”. Professor Ojigi is also a Pastoral Assistant with the Living Faith Church World Wide (LFCWW), FHA, Lugbe, Abuja, Nigeria. His hobbies include reading, computing, sports, travelling and music. He is married to Mary Ebule Ojigi, and they are blessed with three children.