Dr. Basorun, Yakub Olajide was born in Surulere, Lagos on 17th May, 1958 into the Jiyabi Branch of the Eletu Odibo Chieftaincy Family of Isale Eko, Lagos State, Nigeria.
He had his Primary School Education at Government Demonstration School, Surulere, Lagos between 1964 and 1970. He attended Ansar-Ud-Deen College, Isolo for his Secondary School Education between 1971 and 1975 and thereafter proceeded to the Federal School of Arts and Science, Victoria Island, Lagos for Advance Level Studies.
He had his University Education at Dokuchaev Agricultural University, Kharkov, Ukraine between 1979 to 1987 where he obtained his Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Agro-Chemistry and Ph.D degree in Agriculture. He has a Patent for the modification of I.V Turin’s method of Humus Determination in Soils (1984).
Dr. Basorun started his working career in 1984 when he worked as Agricultural Extention Officer in the Institute Village Linkage Programme, as part of industrial experience scheme. From 1985 to 1987,he was Assistant Lecturer, Department of Soil Science, Dokuachaev Agricultural University, Kharkov, Ukraine after which he came to Nigeria to participate in National Youth Service Scheme from 1988 to 1989 at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. By sheer merit, he was retained as Lecturer II (1989-1992) as pioneering staff of Department of Soil Sciences, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta after which he was elevated as lecturer 1 (1992-1995).
Having had enough of academics, he crossed over to the Lagos State Civil Service in February 1995 as Chief Agricultural Officer, Agricultural Services Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and rose through the ranks becoming Assistant Director/Head, Agricultural Extention Component and Deputy Director (January 2000-April 2005), a capacity in which he was the Programme Manager /Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority, and Director (January 2006). He reached the zenith of his career in the Civil Service when he was appointed Permanent Secretary, and was deployed to the Ministry of Agriculture on December 7th, 2010. He was moved as the Permanent Secretary, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (LAGOS GLOBAL) on the 7th February 2016. He was deployed on the 22nd of February 2017 to the Ministry of Wealth Creation & Employment as the Permanent Secretary.
In the course of his career, Dr. Basorun has contributed in so many ways to the development of the agricultural sector locally and nationally. Some of his contributions include the development of the first database for rice farmers, the first computerized “farmers register” in Lagos State, introduction of Agricultural Estate Initiatives and worked with the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Projects to design and establish the Agric Youth Empowerment Scheme (Agric-Yes), the first of its kind in Nigeria.
He is a successful fish/poultry farmer and also a strong promoter of sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural practices.
Dr Basorun is a Member, Ukrainaian Congress of Soil Scientists, Soil Science Society of Nigeria, Agricultural Society of Nigerian, Ibadan Socio-Economic Group, Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria and World Association of Soil and Water Conservation. He is also a fellow of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation.
Dr. Olajide Basorun is happily married with children.