Dr Abba is a homegrown fisheries and natural resource professional who started his working carrier in 1981 in public service in 1981 where he worked in the River Basin Authority as Fisheries Officer and then to Ahmadu Bello University as Lecturer and Fisheries Extension Specialist. He is the Founder and member of Board of Trustees, Association for Educational Development, Growth and Empowerment, (AS-EDGE) and Chairman, Board of Trustees, DAYA Foundation, Katsina State, Nigeria.

He has had consulting experience with the World Bank, Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), USAID, NEPAD, NEITI, ECOWAS, UNDP, Nigeria Federal and States governments, statutory organisation, private enterprises, etc.He is a Member, Technical Working Group, Monitoring and Evaluation Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP),

Dr. Abba has attended many conference and study tours in all continents and has twelve major publications to his credit in journals and conference proceedings. Presently, He is the Special Adviser on Agriculture to the Governor, Katsina State, Nigeria from 2015 to date.