Dr. Marcus Olaniyi OGUNBIYI (PERMANENT SECRETARY)
PERMANENT SECRETARY FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Marcus Olaniyi OGUNBIYI, a seasoned and registered Agricultural Engineer started his career in the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria in 1993 as Agricultural Engineer I.
He was deployed to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and worked extensively on the development and construction of on-farm crop storage and processing structures for grains, fruits and vegetables, fish and fish products between 1993 and 2008 and rose to the position of Chief Agricultural Engineer.
Between 2008 and 2011, he worked in the Agro Processing and Marketing Department of National Food Reserve Agency, NFRA, and later in the Agribusiness and Market Development Department of the Ministry where he rose and attained the position of Director, Engineering in January 2018.
Dr. Ogunbiyi studied Agricultural Engineering and Mechanization at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria and graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree in 1988. He also obtained a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Agricultural Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria in 1992; Master of Agriculture (M.Agric) degree in Agro Bioresources Sciences and Technology from the University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2011 and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Crop Storage and Processing from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria in 2019.
Dr. Ogunbiyi attended several courses in agriculture and agricultural development among which Sustainable Rural Development Internship programme at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand in 2011; short course on Lost Harvest and wasted Food at Wageningen University and Research (WUR), The Netherlands in 2018 and India-Africa Forum Summit III on Processing Machineries, Product Diversification and Entrepreneurship Development in Yuber Crops at ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, India 2018.
Dr. Ogunbiyi has successfully worked in various capacities and undertook many assignments in the course of his career at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. He played very active roles in the successful executuion of the FGN/UNDP Project NIR/92/014 “Strengthen Post Harvest Food Loss Prevention” implemented by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) from 1993-1996. He was the Focal Officer for the Establishment of 10 Nos. 30,000 tonnes capacity Integrated Large Scales Rice Processing Plants being executed by FMARD. Dr Ogunbiyi was also a Task force Member, ECOWAS Regional Offensive for Sustained Revitalization of Rice Production in West Africa, 2013-2015. He was also until his appointment as Permanent Secretary, the Country Focal Person, Korea-Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI). He is a Fellow Nigerian Institute of Agricultural Engineers (FNIAE), Fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) and he is registered with the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN)