The Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB) was established via the Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Law 2005 passed by the State House of Assembly and assented to by His Excellency, Alh. (Dr.) Abdullahi Adamu, the then Executive Governor of Nasarawa State on 14th September, 2005. The law is in accordance with the provisions of the Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act 2004 which established the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and launched in Nasarawa State on 28th February, 2006.

            Functions of the NSUBEB:

            The functions of the Board include amongst others:

  1. Management of primary, junior secondary, special needs, nomadic and girl-child education.
  2. Intensive and regular monitoring, supervision, evaluation and assessment of teaching and learning processes in basic education schools as well as monitoring of projects execution.

iii.        Management of all matters relating to teaching and non-teaching staff in public and junior secondary schools.

  1. Recruitment, appointment, promotion and discipline of teaching and non-teaching staff on grade level 07 and above.
  2. Disbursement of funds provided to it from Federal, State and Local Governments/Development Areas.
  3. Undertaking of new capital projects, renovation of existing and dilapidated structures and procurement of furniture.

vii.       Responsible for the approval, training and retraining of teaching and non-teaching staff.

            Funding of the Board:

            The implementation of the Universal Basic Education is funded through:

  1. State Government approved budgetary provision.
  2. State Counterpart funds and FGN/UBEC Matching Grants

iii.        State monthly overhead cost.

iv         Disbursement of funds released from Local Government Council  for payment of LGEA/DAEA staff salary.

            Organizational Structure:

            The Board consists of the following:

  1. A full-time Executive Chairman.
  2. Three (3) full-time Members representing the 3 Senatorial Zones of the State

iii.        A Board Secretary

  1. Six (6) Line Directors
  2. Two Heads of Units (Information and Audit – under the office of the Chairman)
  3. Two (2) Part-time Members representing a variety of interests

vii.       One (1) representative each from the State Ministry of Education, Central PTA, State NUT, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, State Women Group, Federal Ministry of Education (Inspectorate Division), Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), State Youth Council and Nomadic Education in the State.

viii.      Three (3) Zonal Officers (Lafia, Akwanga and Keffi Zonal Offices) with the primary responsibility of ensuring close monitoring and distribution of instructional materials to Local Government / Development Area Education Authorities as well as any other functions that may be assigned by the Board and then render reports on quarterly basis to the Board.

  1. 13 Local Government Education Authorities
  2. 18 Development Area Education Authorities

            Staff Strength:

                        The Board has a total staff strength of 212 spread across the six (6) departments and three (3) zonal offices as follows:

            Consolidated staff (Management)                                –           5

            Department of Administration and Supplies                –           48

            Department of Finance and Accounts                          –           13

Department of Planning, Research & Statistics            –           18

Department of School Services                                                –           7

Department of Quality Assurance                                –           7

Department of Social Mobilization                              –           9

Audit Unit                                                                                –           6

Information Unit                                                                      –           3

Lafia Zonal Office                                                                   –           10

Akwanga Zonal Office                                                            –           15

Keffi Zonal Office                                                                  –           12

Casual Staff                                                                             –           59

                                                                                    Total   –           212

            Over the years, the Board has recorded some considerable number of achievements in the discharge of its primary responsibilities which include but not limited to:

  1. Participation at Competitions/Awards & Recognition:
  2. The State Contingent to the 5th edition of Lafarge Africa National Literacy Competition aimed at improving literacy skills amongst public primary schools in Nigeria came 1st at the Zonal level at Abuja and 4th at National Grant Finale held at Lagos in November, 2018. The competition featured Literacy Assessment Test, Creative Writing and Spelling Bee. This feat was achieved as a result of the Board’s efforts in promoting and facilitating partnerships with NGOs, CBOs and other International Donor Agencies to improve the status of Basic education in the State.
  3. The Headmistress of St. Williams Primary School, Mrs. Dorcas Danbaba received the most outstanding performance award on HIV/AIDS awareness by Faith Based Organizations in collaboration with the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna.

iii.        Ten (10) teachers (1 each) from Lafia, Akwanga, Toto, Wamba, Keana, Panda, Karshi, Lafia-East, Agwada and Udege received award as best performing teachers on Jolly Phonics teaching methods by the Universal Learning Solutions Initiative (ULSI).

  1. c. Other Achievements:
  2. For the first time since its inception, the Board sponsored all the 31 Education Secretaries and the Director, Admin & Supplies of the Board to the 2nd National Workshop for Directors and Local Government Education Authorities’ on Administrative Processes and Management held at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) Topo – Badagary, Lagos in May, 2019.
  3. The Board in collaboration with UBEC have developed the Medium Term Basic Education Sector Strategic Plan currently developing the entire State Education Strategic Plan (SESP – 10 years) and State Educational Strategic Operational Plan (SESOP – 3 years) with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF.

iii.        Construction of a befitting Storey Building as extension of Office Complex;

  1. A functional registry for LGEAs/DAEAs has been set-up in the Board.
  2. Renovation and furnishing of SUBEB office
  3. Construction of Borehole and Installation of Overhead Tank at SUBEB Office;

vii.       Transfer of Education Secretaries, HOS and AHOS for the purpose of restructuring and repositioning of the LGEAs/DAEAs to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in the education system. 

viii.      In order to further improve the status of basic education in the State, UBEC has re-introduced the School-Based Management Committee – School Improvement Programme (SBMC – SIP) in order to mobilize and sensitize school communities to key into the UBE programmes in the State so as to take ownership of school facilities, ensure good governance in our schools, improve condition of infrastructures, provide furniture and instructional materials for pupils and teachers. In this wise, SUBEB has already cascaded the training to the school committees at the State level.

  1. Successful hosting of the 20th Quarterly meeting of UBEC Management with Executive Chairmen of SUBEBs held in Lafia in March, 2018.
  2. The Board took delivery of 7 kits of 48 ipads and a laptop each (to be distributed to seven (7) selected schools in the State for digital classroom teachers and learners programme) through its collaborative efforts with a Spanish NGO in conjunction with Kukah Foundation in Nigeria making Nasarawa State the first beneficiary of the digital classroom initiative.