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National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Kaduna.



Fact About NBTE

During the preparations for the Third National Development Plan, 1975-80, the objectives for education were stated as follows:

  • To expand facilities for education aimed at equalizing individual access to education throughout the country;
  • To reform the content of general education to make it more responsive to the socio-economic needs of the country;
  • To make an impact in the areas of technological education so as to meet the growing needs of the economy;
  • To consolidate and develop the nation’s system of higher education in response to the economy’s manpower needs;
  • To streamline and strengthen the machinery for educational development in the country; and
  • To rationalize the financing of education with a view to making the educational system more adequate and efficient.


Dr. Masa’udu Adamu Kazaure,mni
Executive Secretary, NBTE

in order to have a nationally accepted standard in technical education, there should be a harmonization of the entry qualifications and diploma standards throughout the nation;The Federal Government also identified the acute shortage of technical manpower as a major constraint towards the execution of the development plan. In response to this, government in 1972 established the then National Science and Technology Development Agency (which later metamorphosed to Federal Ministry of Science and Technology) which set up a Working Committee on Scientific and Technical Manpower and Science Education. The Committee produced a report on middle-level technical manpower and their training. Some of the Committee’s recommendations included the following:

  • in order to eliminate the non-uniformity in terminal diplomas issued by existing colleges of technology, there should be a national certificate in technical education;
  • in order to attract the right kind of staff to the technical colleges (now polytechnics) there should be a harmonization of technical staff standards including staff structure, remuneration and conditions of service;
  • in view of the fact that courses in many technical fields from which the Development Plans need to draw manpower at the middle-level are not provided for in our existing colleges, there should be expansion of the courses and facilities in these colleges; and new colleges should take into account the required courses in planning their programmes;
  • in view of the gaps in the admission capacity and actual enrolment for the existing courses in the technical colleges (now polytechnics) there should be full utilization of these facilities through a review of the admissions policy, including part-time admissions, and massive awards of technical scholarships;
  • in order to encourage more enrollment in technical courses, more avenues for practical experience for newly qualified trainees, should be created; this can be achieved through immediate employment of the trainees in public and private industries using, if necessary, the facilities of the Industrial Training Fund.
  1. The Committee further recommended that a National Board for Technical Education be created which should be charged with the implementation of its recommendations.

The Federal Government established the National Board for Technical Education by Act 9 of January 1977. In August, 1985 and January 1993 respectively, the Federal Government enacted Act 16 (Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Act) and Act 9 (Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) (Amendment) Act) (Click here to view and download). With these Acts, the functions of the Board were extended to include accreditation of academic programmes in all Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) institutions. Act No.9 of 1st January 1993 further empowered the Board to recommend the establishment of private Polytechnics and Monotechnics in Nigeria.

Functions of the Board

The functions of the Board are derived from:

· Act No. 9 of 11th January, 1977

· Education/National Minimum Standard and Establishment of Institution Act No. 16 of August 1985 and

· Amendments Act No. 9 of 1993.

The functions of the Board as contained in its enabling Decree 9 of 1977 are as follows:

· advise the Federal Government on, and co-ordinate all aspects of technical and vocational education falling outside the universities;

· determine, after consultation with such other bodies, the skilled manpower needs of the country in the industrial, commercial and other relevant fields……;

· ……….in particular to prepare periodic master plans for the balancedand coordinated development of polytechnics and such plans shall include;

o the general programmes to be pursued by polytechnics in order to maximize the use of available facilities and avoid unnecessary duplication;

o recommendations for the establishment and location of new polytechnics.

· inquire into and advise the Federal Government on the financial needs, both recurrent and capital, of polytechnics and other technical institutions;

· receive block grants from the Federal Government and allocate them to polytechnics in accordance with such formula as may be laid down by the Federal Executive Council;

· act as the agency for channeling all external aid to polytechnics in Nigeria;

· advise on, and take steps to harmonise entry requirements and duration of courses at technical institutions;

The recent acts extended the functions of NBTE to include:

the establishment and maintenance of minimum standards in polytechnics and other technical institutions in the Federation,

  • accreditation of academic programmes in all technical and vocational education (TVE) institutions for the purpose of award of national certificates and diplomas and other similar awards


The Board is organized into seven departments & one Centre of Excellence (COE), and the Executive Secretary’s Office namely:

Executive Secretary’s Office

NBTE Centre of Excellence for TVE

  • Department of Finance & Accounts
  • Department of Human Resources Management
  • Department of Academic Planning, Research, Statistics & ICT
  • Department of Physical Planning and Development
  • Department of Polytechnic Programmes
  • Department of Monotechnic Programmes
  • Department of Vocational, Technical and Skills Development

Executive Secretary’s office

The Office is headed by the Director of Special Duties and coordinates the activities of Nine (9) Desk Officers including Units, namely:

  1. Board Secretariat;
  2. Legal Matters;
  3. Internal Audit;
  4. Media and Public Relations;
  6. Zonal Offices;
  7. Medical Centre;
  8. Abuja Liaison Office; and
  9. Procurement


  1. To assist the Executive Secretary in carrying out the day to day activities of the Board;
  2. To implement and carryout decisions of the Executive Secretary;
  3. To organize management committee meetings as at when due;
  4. To monitor the implementation of the Management Committee decisions/resolutions on behalf of the Executive Secretary;
  5. To organize meetings/seminars on behalf of the Executive Secretary such as Consultative Meeting with ES/Rectors/Provosts and Principals of Technical Colleges;
  6. To coordinate activities of COHEADS, APIVI, COREG; NARCHCARD and Principals of Technical Institutions on behalf of Executive of Secretary;
  7. Coordinate the Governing Board Secretariat and monitor
  8. implementation of the extracts, resolutions and those of all the Governing Board Committees;
  9. As the Head of Governing Board of Secretariat, Coordinates the activities and welfare of members of Governing Board including Hotel Accommodation, Transportation etc;
  10. To supervise the activities of the Abuja Liaison Office;
  11. To supervise the activities of the zonal offices in six geo-political zones and report to Executive Secretary;
  12. To coordinate the activities of the Desk Officers on behalf of the Board such as SDGs/NEEDS, SERVICOM, NHIS, NVQF,
  13. Entrepreneurship, Step-B, Satellite Campuses, ICPC/ACTU, Federal Character, SIWES, AFDB, Pension, ODFL, WITED;
  14. To organize press conferences and supervision of Public Relations, Protocol and Media;
  15. To receive and attend to complaints from staff and public on behalf of Executive Secretary;
  16. To coordinate all the secretariat functions including the secret registry;
  17. To attend to incoming mails before getting to the Executive
  18. Secretary and implement the decisions of Executive Secretary or send the mails to whom it is directed;
  19. To coordinate the activities of security in the NBTE Secretariat and Centre of Excellence;
  20. To administer the activities of the staff of Legal, Procurement and Audit Units in the Executive Secretary’s Office; and
  21. Any other functions that Executive Secretary may direct to the office.

NBTE Centre of Excellence for TVE



About the Centre

The NBTE Centre of Excellence under the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) was established by the Management of NBTE through the Governing Board in 2010, to build on the achievements of the UNESCO-Nigeria TVE project on Revitalization of Technical and Vocational Education in Nigeria, to facilitate the capacity development of TVET personals, promote innovation and enhance partnership. The Centre formally took off on 1st January 2012. It is also one of the UNEVOC Centres in Nigeria.

The Centre was recognized as UNESCO-UNEVOC Coordinating Centre for West African Sub-Cluster in June 2012, an International Network in the area of Technical and Vocation Education and Training (TVET). It coordinates 23 UNEVOC Centres in the West African Cluster.

Vision of the Centre

The Vision of the Centre is to be recognized globally as Centre for the Continuous Improvement of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Mission of the Centre

The NBTE TVET Centre of Excellence mission is to promote the Development of Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) through Culture of Excellence in Capacity Building, Innovation and Partnership.

Functions of the Centre

  • Continuing staff development for the TVET sector and capacity building for practitioners of TVET in Nigeria and the West Africa Region.
  • Production and sharing of curricula, technical textbooks and instructional materials for Technical Colleges and Polytechnics.
  • Studies on the revitalization of the informal TVET sector and institutionalization of a National Vocational Qualification Frameworks (NVQF).
  • Support for the establishment of more Continuing Professional Development Centres (CPDC) in the West African region.
  • Collaboration and partnerships among TVET institutions in the region and globally.
  • Enhancing the speedy sharing of information in various areas of TVET across the region and internationally.
  • Any other activities that serve to facilitate the above key objectives or promote TVET generally.


Some of the numerous achievements recorded by the Centre are as follows:

  • NBTE Centre of Excellence is a UNEVOC Centre, and designated as the UNEVOC Coordinating Centre for West Africa Sub-Region.
  • The Centre has linked up with all the UNEVOC Centres under its purview, including those in Francophone countries.
  • The Centre hosted the UNESCO-UNEVOC Africa Regional Forum that addressed the twin themes of Youth Employability and Greening TVET which is a New Emerging International Concept on Sustainable Development.
  • The Centre in its efforts to project innovative approaches, has designed, and is executing, a sensitization programme for polytechnics and similar tertiary institutions on the deployment of e-Learning skills, including the Moodle Learning platform and the New and Emerging Flexible Technologies.
  • The Centre has also established link with the New UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja.
  • The Centre is about to kick-start the Green Campus Project, and undertake a Need Assessment Survey in some selected Polytechnics for data gathering and analysis, in line with the global greening concept.

Way Forward

The current thrust of the Centre’s activities for the immediate future involve:

  • Exploring special measures to enhance participation by the institutions, through active engagement of staff in preliminary preparatory exercises.
  • Establishing the linkage with the Continuing Professional Development Centres located in the Institutions.
  • Extending further e-Learning and Flexible Skills techniques by introducing staff of polytechnics to Commonwealth of Learning (COL) flexible & Blended Learning Approach, to TVET, and e-learning, Open Educational Resources (OERs).
  • Developing further the issue of Greening TVET through Critique Workshop on developed draft curricula on Renewable Energy Technologies, and piloting of Green Campus.
  • Processing the application to UNESCO, Paris, for making the Centre a Category II UNESCO Centre with a focus on TVET capacity building, innovation and partnership.

Partnerships Established: Local & International

The Centre’s network of national and international partners includes all Polytechnics and Similar Institutions, National Agencies on TVET, Nigerian ICT Forum of Partnership Institutions, Nigeria UNESCO-National Commission, UNESCO Abuja Office, UNESCOBREDA, COL, ECOWAS, ADEA, CAPA, UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, Bonn – Germany, OIC-VET, SESRIC, etc, since 2012 as follows;

  • UNESCO Nigeria Country Office, Abuja– Nigeria.
  • UNESCO-NATCOM, Abuja – Nigeria.
  • UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, Bonn – Germany.
  • UNESCO (Regional) Bureau, Dakar – Senegal.
  • Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver – Canada.
  • Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA), Nairobi –


  • Nigerian ICT Forum of Partnership Institutions, Abuja – Nigeria.
  • Nigeria Network Operators Group (ng NOG), Abuja – Nigeria.
  • OIC-VET, SESRIC, Ankara – Turkey.
  • ECOWAS Commission, Abuja – Nigeria.

Human Resources Management Department

This is essentially a service Department with a core mandate of strengthening the Human Resource base of the Board through the process of recruitment, training and career plans and advancement. The new impetus of personnel work coupled with the need for professionalizing the conduct of its assignment, has now necessitated the Federal Government to re-designate all its Personnel Management Departments to Human Resource Departments.

Some of the department’s functions include the following:-

  1. Functions of the Department:
  • Responsible for all matters pertaining to appointment of Staff, promotions and discipline.
  • Interpreting Government policies and decisions emanating from circulars’ and other official documents.
  • Responsible for all Staff Training and conduct of Career Management Plan for NBTE Staff.
  • Responsible for all matters pertaining to Pension, Gratuities and Life Insurance.
  • Administrations of Transfers and Inter-departmental postings.
  • Documentation and preparation of certificate of service.
  • Processing of all leaves application for all Staff of the Board.
  • All matters related to NYSC.
  • Undertake periodic review of the terms and conditions of the Personnel of the Board.
  • Responsible for the preparation of Annual Report of the Board and custody of its Secretariat.
  • Secretary to various Committees;
  • keeping and maintaining a comprehensive and accurate staff personal records for easy retrieval when required;
  • coordinating general staff welfare, salary verification, upgrading and health/medical issues;
  • administration of games and sports, etc
  1. Divisions:
  2. Establishment Division
  3. Training and Staff Development Division
  4. Management Services and Industrial relations Division
  5. Establishment Division
  • Reinvigorate the competence of staff in the Board making them conversant with current government policies and circulars;
  • Digitalize the record keeping method in the Registry;
  • Provide motorized shelves for easy retrieval of documents;
  • Sensitize staff on use of Public Service Rules, etc.
  1. Training and Staff Development Division
  • Encourage staff to acquire higher qualifications in order to harness their full potential and impact positively in the discharge of their duties;
  • Staff on CONTEDISS 9 to 12 will be encouraged to pursue management courses while those on CONTEDISS 13 and above be sponsored to undertake Advanced Management Courses at least once annually for professional competence/efficiency;
  • Organise regular workshops, seminars and conferences organised by professional and manpower training institutes such as ASCON and CMD to make staff perform duties in line with best practices;
  • Organize in-house workshops, conferences and seminars for all categories of staff depending on areas of needs;
  • Non professional members should attend workshops, conferences and seminars from relevant professional bodies to improve on their job performance;
  • Sponsor courses of training leading to the award of higher degrees. Envisage to train at least 3 PhD, 5 masters and 20 graduates in the departments;
  • More should be encouraged to obtain National Diplomas.
  1. Management and Industrial Relations Division
  • Continuous review of the Staff Manual/Conditions of Service for the sector;
  • Continuous review of the Schemes of Service for the sector;
  • Encourage partnership with Conference of Registrars of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology (COREG) and other relevant Human Resources related professional bodies;
  • Adoption of robust negotiation skills and prompt implementation of agreements between government and unions;
  • Management of municipal services to ensure an efficient and effective system of managing the bills emanating from service providers.
  • Maintaining staff welfare.

In addition, the department has 4 major units as follows:

i. Pension and Gratuity

ii. Registry Unit

iii. Senior Staff Matters

iv. Junior Staff Matters

Pension and Gratuity matters

  • Organise regular sensitization Workshop for staff of the Board. Employees would be taught amongst other things how to get prepared for their retirement life and also how they will utilize their retirement benefits;
  • Staff of the Pension section be sponsored to attend Workshops and Seminars on pension related matters often organised by Pension Administrators to keep them abreast with modern trends on pension issues and improve on pension administration.

Financial ans Account Department


The Act No. 9 of 11th January, 1977 that established NBTE as a corporate body with perpetual succession was originally made up of five (5) Departments and presently eight (8) departments which Finance and Accounts department is among the departments.

The Finance and Accounts Department which is being headed by a director consists of three (3) divisions which are being headed by a deputy director each. The divisions are:

  • Main Account
  • Budget
  • Expenditure Control


The functions of the departments are as follows:

  • Advising the Executive Secretary on all aspects of managing the finances of the board according to Government’s regulations, rules and policies.
  • Preparation and administration of the board’s approved budget.
  • Maintenance of adequate accounting system for receipt and payments in respect of the board’s finances as well as disbursements of funds to polytechnics and preparation of financial statements thereon.
  • Procurement, storage and allocation of store consumable items



The main account division of Finance and Account department is headed by a Deputy Director and it consists of the following sections:

  • Cash Office;
  • Payroll;
  • Loans and advances; and
  • Final accoun


2.2.1 Cash Office

The general duties of the cash office are mainly the receiving and payment of claims, the keeping of the books to record all transactions, the operation of Bank Accounts and providing information on the cash position(s) at any giving date.

Up-to-date recording of transactions and regular supervision by checking of records are also carried out to eliminate chances that might be exploited leading to theft, fraud etc

The functions of the section can be summarized as follows:

  • Receipt and record of board’s revenue as well as issuance of official receipt for all amounts receivable by the board.
  • Making payments in respect of all categories of expenditure.
  • Maintenance of income and expenditure cash books in respect of personnel, overhead, capital and treasury single accounts.

Keeping custody of security documents

  • Production of report in respect of income and expenditure of the board at regular intervals

2.2.2 Loans and Advances

The section collects all necessary information as it relates to loans and advances granted to staff i.e. personal or administrative advances to ensure that they are fully recovered as at when due. It ensures that there are no losses arising from such loan /advances imprest/ transactions by maintaining a proper records and controls.

In the case of loans, the section communicates to the salary section the particulars of the staff, mode of repayment, installment payments where applicable and expected last recovery date for necessary action.

The section maintains ledger accounts for staff in respect of personal and administrative advances and monitors it’s retirements.

  • It ensures that no further advances are granted to any staff who is yet to retire/account for an earlier advance.
  • Provides final accounts section with staff retirement analysis by way of journals.
  • Updates staff ledger accounts in respect of Loans/Advances.


2.2.3 Payroll Section

The section collect and assemble information relating to salaries and wages usually provided for in the contract of employment between an employer(NBTE) and employees for the purpose of remunerating the staff at regular interval usually on monthly basis.

This information includes letters of appointment, staff manuals, occasional circulars from Federal Government/NBTE, trade union agreements and even applicable labour laws.

  • Involves in documentation and custody of payroll information in respect of staff.
  • Production of report at regular intervals in respect of staff salaries
  • Updates staff passbooks in respect of statutory deductions i.e. National Housing Fund etc.

Among other things, the section ensures:

  • Only bonafide employees are paid salaries and wages and that they receive what is rightly due to them.
  • There is proper authorizations and internal checks in processing salary transactions.
  • That only authorized transactions are made from salaries and wages on payment and remitted accordingly.
  • That salaries and wages transaction is in line with applicable conditions of service.
  • There is adequate safe guards and security over salaries and wages processing and payments.
  • There is proper accountability for all salaries and wages transactions.

2.2.4 Final Account

The section assembles information and transactions from various sections of the finance and accounts department for the purpose of producing report of the board’s activities during the financial year.

  • Collects and analyses receipts and payments from various cashbooks maintained in the cash office section and aggregate them into various ledger accounts inline with the approved chart of accounts.
  • Maintains fixed asset register for recording and monitoring all transaction relating to the board’s fixed asset including their movement/transfers.
  • Prepares Trial Balance to show the debit and credit entries of transactions to confirm the arithmetical accuracy of the books of account during the year. Among other things the section makes adjustment and passes journal entries in respect of loan and advances repayment/ retirement for the purpose of ascertaining it’s accuracy.
  • Works with external auditors during the audit of the board’s account and to offer explanation where necessary.
  • Submission of the audited account of the board to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Abuja.
  • Involves in answering queries and explanation that may arise from the audited accounts where necessary



The Budget Section/Unit of National Board for Technical Education (N.B.T.E.) is an integral segment of the Budget and Budgetary Division of the Finance and Accounts department of the Secretariat.

This unit which has been in operation since the existence of the Board in 1977, is charged with the sole responsibility of preparing, collating, summarising, submitting, analysing at the level of defence and presentation of periodic budgets to the relevant Bodies ( F.M.E.,F.M.B.& P.,F.M.F.) concerned as and at when due.

Under the relevant Acts of Parliament, the N.B.T.E. is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the establishment, administering, accrediting, coordinating and channelling of funds to the Federal polytechnics when necessary, among other multi-faceted duties and functions.

Consequently, budget administration in the Federal Polytechnics is one of the composite functions of the Board. In this vein, the budget unit instructs, directs, collates and summarises prepared budgets in the Federal Polytechnics. These salient functions have been carried out successfully over the years.

The budget unit of the Board is fully computerised and has been able to effectively and efficiently perform its onerous tasks with the purposeful direction of the Executive Secretary on the one hand; and the cooperation of the Management staff on the other hand.

The unit is manned by a dedicated team of staff who work assiduously to meet the usually tight time frame demanded by the Authorities.


  1. Periodically, budget call-circulars are forwarded to the Board from the Budget Office of the Federation (BOF) in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning through the Federal Ministry of Education highlighting in details the guidelines to be followed in the preparation of any relevant year’s budget in respect of Personnel, Overhead and Capital costs.
  2. These are in turn forwarded to the Federal Polytechnics for their compliance and action; who thereafter submit such computations to N.B.T.E. Secretariat for perusal and collations.
  3. N.B.T.E. Budget unit-collated-submissions are analysed and summarised for onward transmission to the Ministry for further action.
  4. At given times, the unit along with other counterpart budget units in Federal Polytechnics goes to the National Assembly to defend their annual budgets.
  5. Thereafter, when the year’s Appropriation Act is signed, the budget unit of the Board analyses and presents representations on behalf of the institutions to Government where shortfalls arise or other emerging problems as the case may be.
  6. The budget unit renders statutory status reports on budgets performance to Government and other relevant bodies after compilation from the institutions under the board’s purview.


Apart from the above prerogative functions, the budget unit has the duty, in line with Board’s mandate to carry out the following:

  1. To advise and liaise on matters bordering on budgets concerning non-payment of subventions like take-off grants, peculiar allowances, Internally-Generated-Revenues and so on with Governments on behalf of the institutions under purview of the N.B.T.E. as situation may demand from time to time.
  2. Assist in the determination or ascertainment of such amounts for the purpose of payment by Government.
  3. Coordinate training of budget and accounting staffs on new budgetary techniques and policies of Government by organising nationwide workshops, seminars and conferences as the Board may direct.
  4. Assist in computations and compilations of promotion arrears of staffs in Polytechnics under the aegis of N.B.T.E.
  5. Perform other ancillary tasks as the Executive Secretary may determine from time to time.



  • The section takes liabilities and records the same in the vote book for below the line accounts on behalf of Advances Section.
  • The liabilities taken are clear and necessary adjustment is done when the appropriate authority now approves the advance.
  • It ensures every approval one in the estimates and amount approved is not over spent.
  • The section classify each request to the appropriate sub-head
  • It analyse the total expenditure on each sub-head-periodically.
  • Preparation of payment vouchers to upset payment for contractors, supplies and staff advances other those paid along with salaries e.g Local transport and travelling allowances, purchases of office equipment e.t.c.
  • The gross amount must be entered into the vote book
  • All liabilities and commitments most be entered into the vote book as soon as they are incurred.
  • Ensure that a vote book is maintained and that every payment is entered in the vote book accordingly.
  • Exercise the economy that is must not spend money merely because it has been voted.
  • Must ensure all expenditures are classified in accordance with the estimates and votes must be applied duly for the purpose for which the money was provided.

Academic Planning, Research, Statistics and ICT

The Department of Academic Planning, Research, Statistics and ICT is one of the new departments created as a result of the recent restructuring of the Board. The department was carved out from the former Planning, Research and Statistics department. It has three divisions, namely: Academic Planning, Research & Statistics, and ICT.


The department is headed by a Director, Engr. Usman Jibrin Danjuma and three Deputy Directors who head the three divisions. Mr. Joseph Anu Adeniran is the Deputy Director, Research and Statistics Division; Mr. Chima Augustine Ejiofor, Deputy Director, Academic Planning Division; while Hajiya Zainab Mai-Bornu is the Deputy Director, ICT Division.


Functions of Academic Planning, Research, Statistics and ICT Department

The department is to among others, develop policies and programmes for the development of TVET institutions through monitoring and evaluation of academic plans, accurate data collection and verification, preparing statistical reports and digest, coordination of research and innovation, journal publications, review, evaluation and monitoring of curriculum delivery, undertaking tracer studies, ranking of TVET institutions, coordination of Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) of polytechnic and monotechnic students, popularization of the use of ICT in the NBTE and Polytechnics and monitoring the establishment of MIS in State and Federal Polytechnics and Monotechnics; liaise with National Planning Commission and other agencies to determine technological manpower needs of the nation, development and periodical review of strategic plans for NBTE.



The objective of the department is to effectively perform the functions of the Board as they relate to the department. Therefore, in the next Five (5) years, the department will focus on the following:

  • Develop capacity for Polytechnics staff in academic planning, research, innovation and ICT;
  • Develop e-learning resources through the establishment of virtual libraries in NBTE and Polytechnics;
  • Organize the biennial Technology EXPOs to showcase projects and prototypes in the Polytechnics;
  • Increase opportunities for student access and success through adequate monitoring and institutional academic plans;
  • Improve statistical data collection and verification by the introduction of more measures/sanctions to erring and non-cooperating institutions;
  • Acquire necessary ICT hardware and software for the effective function of the Board;
  • Build Capacity of NBTE and Polytechnic staff in ICT in line with the FME Policy on ICT in Education;
  • Carry out ranking of institutions in order to promote healthy competition amongst them in the areas of programmes upgrade, improvement of teaching and learning environment and staff development among others;
  • Coordinate the SIWES programme in an effective and efficient manner and to ensure that students and employers derive the maximum benefits of the scheme; and
  • Sustain the existing culture of research and publication by coordinating the process of publishing the Board’s major academic and research journals.


The key prospect areas for the APRS&ICT in the next five years include:

  • The demand for qualitative and even quantitative technical education in the country will rise as the country’s population continues to rise. This rise in demand will inevitably require statistical-based planning in education policy-making, administration and regulation. The department is strategically placed to meet the needs of the TVET sector in general and NBTE in particular to effectively achieve set objectives in this area.
  • Institutional Ranking of Polytechnics: The department, with the full approval and cooperation of management, is committed to the introduction and implementation of a sector-wide process of ranking all polytechnics in the country as a major quality assurance and efficiency-assessment mechanism. The basis for the introduction of ranking among Nigerian polytechnics is to among others: provide the public with information on the standing of these institutions for individual and group decision-making, to foster healthy competition among the institutions, to stimulate the evolution of centres of excellence among the polytechnics and to provide additional rationale for allocation of funds/grants.
  • Library Upgrade and the Introduction of E-Library: The department plans to pursue the process that will lead to the upgrade of the NBTE library into a full-fledged modern information and communication resource centre where current literature in TVET programmes are accessible in hard copies and also online. The progression to an e-library for the NBTE library is only natural in view of the fact that this is the current trend globally. E-libraries widen access to education and make learning easier and more convenient.
  • Research Publications: The department is also focused on resuscitating the key publications of the Board which are produced by it. The Nigerian Journal of Technical Education (NJTE) remains the dominant research journal for TVET in Nigeria. It is the Board’s most prestigious publication which is known nationally and internationally for the quality of its contents. The Digest of Statistics is also another major research publication of the department which commands widespread authority for the integrity of its contents. These two major publications are among the department’s key prospect projects for the Five Year plan 2015-2020.

Physical Planning and Development Department

The Physical Planning and Development Department came into existence as a result of the restructuring in the Board in 2015 which led to the splitting of the department into two, namely Physical Planning and Development and Academic Planning, Research and ICT Departments.

The Department is headed by a Director, Tpl. Ekpenyong Edet Ekpenyong. It is structured into four (4) divisions with each headed by a deputy Director as follows: Architecture Division, headed by Arc. Kabir Daiyabu; Physical Planning Division, Mohammed Dauda; Engineering Services and Maintenance Division, Engr. Jeremiah P. Emokhare; and Building Maintenance and Quantity Surveying, Tanimu B. Yusuf.


To be a leading driver in the Creation of a well-coordinated, planned and physically developed facilities in NBTE and Nigerian Polytechnics, for the effective delivery of TVET Curricular to make Nigeria among the leading technologically developing nations.

Functions of the Department

The functions of the Physical planning and Development Department are:

· Preparation of annual Capital Budget for NBTE and coordination of budgets for the Federal Polytechnics in Nigeria.

· Preparation of physical planning briefs for polytechnics Master Plans and Master Updates.

· Coordination of the preparation of Master Plan/Master Plan Updates for Federal Polytechnics.

· Identification of priority projects for NBTE and Nigerian Federal Polytechnics and preparation of action plans for Master Plan implementation.

· Computerization of the Boards activities and provision of year 2020 compliant office equipment.

· Designing of NBTE owned construction projects.

· Coordinating consultancy works in respect of construction works overseen by consultants.

· Assessment of design proposals for new projects in Federal Polytechnics to ensure conformity with Master Plan and space standards.

· Evaluation of Master Plan aspects of applications for the approval to establish new private Polytechnics.

· Physical appraisal of newly established Polytechnics (Federal, State and Private) to ensure conformity with approved master plans.

· Providing Engineering Maintenance Services for the Boards facilities.

· Undertaking building maintenance services and providing quantity survey services.

Polytechnic Programme Department

The Governing Board of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) at its inaugural meeting of Friday, May 27, 1977 which held at the National Institute for International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos resolved amongst others to structure the Board’s Secretariat into four departments and a unit namely: Programmes, Planning, Finance, Administration and Audit Section.

In July 2015, the Programmes department was split into two namely: Polytechnic Programmes and Vocational, Technical and Skills Development departments. The new structure became operational at the end of August 2015. The Polytechnic Programmes department which has 28 staff is headed by an Ag. Director, Mal. Musa M Isgogo.

The department is also structured into six (6) divisions and each division is headed by a deputy director as follows; Science and Technology Division, Mr. Fidelis Ogbonna; Programmes Support Division, Mal. Musa Mohammed Isgogo; Applied Arts and Communication Division, Mal. Nalado Garba Mohammed; Engineering Technology Division, Engr. Mohammed Abba Danmowa, Alh Mohammed Mustapha, Management & Social Sciences and Arc. Ogoh Ngbede, a Chief Programmes Officer oversees Environmental Technology divisions.


To be an arrow-head for the promotion of qualitative Tertiary Technical Education and Training in Nigeria”;


“To continually promote the production of appropriate regulatory framework for the production of skilled tertiary technical and professional manpower for the development and sustenance of the National Economy through accrditation and monitoring exercise and other forms of desirable standardization processes”.

Functions of the Department

The functions of the Polytechnic Programmes Department include the following;

  • Generate policies for the development and reformation of the tertiary technical education system particularly in relation to the Polytechnic system;
  • Advice on the general programmes that may be run in the polytechnics and related tertiary technical education systems;
  • Determine and advise on entry requirements and duration of training for the various programmes to be run in the Polytechnics and similar tertiary institution in the Country;
  • Prepare and review standards and criteria for the establishment of tertiary technical institutions including requirements for mounting various programmes in the institutions;
  • Produce National Minimum Standard Curricula and Course Specifications for the various programmes to be run to tertiary level by the various institutions under the Board’s supervision;
  • Schedule and carry out advisory, resources inspection and accreditation visitations and other forms of quality assurance activities to tertiary technical training institutions under the Board’s purview;
  • Evolve and regulate a system of National Certification for tertiary technical qualifications;
  • Organize and coordinate consultative meetings and other forms of quality assurance workshops with relevant stakeholders;
  • Monitor compliance to quality assurance regulations;
  • Liaise with tertiary technical institutions in matters relating to academic programmes;
  • Coordinate adaptive technology research;
  • Produce and publish necessary information as are proper guideline for the academic life of the tertiary technical institutions; and
  • Provide secretarial service to the Programmes Evaluation and Development Committee of the Board.

Policy Generation:

The department generated policy input on the following:

  • Acceptance of Registered Deed of Assignment (DoA)as alternate to Certificate of Occupancy (CoO) for establishment of Private Polytechnics and Monotechnics
  • Preparation of Guideline for Assessing Publications
  • Change in Nomenclature of some Diploma Programmes
  • Industrial Work Experience Scheme for Academic Staff of technological institutions.
  • Guidelines for establishment of Non-Technology – based Monotechnics
  • Guidelines for Establishment of foreign – based Nigerian Institutions
  • Guidelines for Multi-Sectoralism in Innovation Enterprise Institutions

The first four have been approved by the Board and are in operation whilst the others are still being considered.

Monotechnic Programmes Department


The Monotechnic Programmes Department is newly established by the Board through the approval of the Federal Government: Ref. No: OHCSF/SPSO/ODD/1159/1/70 dated 14th March, 2016; by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Abuja.

Management at its 159th meeting held on the 29th to 30th March, 2016; approved the department’s establishment and appointed an Acting Director to oversee the new department.


The Department has three (3) divisions namely:

  1. Agricultural Technology Division (ATD)
  2. Health Technology Division (HTD)
  3. Specialized Institutions Division (SID)

The sections of each division are presented as:

  1. Agricultural Technology Division (ATD)

· Crop Science & related programmes section

· Agricultural Extension & Management programmes section

· Animal Science & related programmes section

  1. Health Technology Division (HTD)

· Core Health programmes section

· Health related programmes section

  1. Specialized Institutions Division (SID)

· Management Science programmes section

· Engineering/Environmental programmes section

· Science/Agric. programmes section


The following Goal and Objectives are for the Department:


The goal is to establish a Department that will coordinate and assist Institutions that offer single – lined (mono) and related disciplinary programmes to enable them reach enviable heights.


The purpose for the establishment of monotechnic department are as follows:

· To advise the Board on issues relating to research and systematic development of agricultural practice, health science practice and specialized institutions

· To determine the relationships, roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders within the public and private sectors of the monotechnic institutions and NBTE.

· To determine and maintain academic standards in Agriculture, Health and other specialized programmes.


The functions of the department are to:

    1. Maintain minimum academic standards and assure quality through use of the Boards regulations and developed curricula.
    2. Undertake Accreditation and Reaccreditation visits to various monotechnics, for the purpose of ensuring that programmes run by these institutions meet or continue to meet the stipulated requirement for national minimum standards.
    3. Carry out Advisory Resource Inspection visits to such established institutions that wish to mount new programmes.
    4. Carry out Approval/Establishment visits to proposed new institutions based on requests of proprietors, to effect on-the-spot assessment of available human resources and physical facilities to determine and advise on suitability for running national/higher national diploma programmes
    5. Develop and or review curriculum to ensure standards and continued relevance of the programmes to the needs of the nation.
    6. Organizing consultative meetings with major stakeholders such as: Heads of monotechnics and other specialized institutions as well as professional regulatory bodies and regulatory councils
    7. Collate and develop database of information, analyzing and publishing these information when required.
    8. Organize and assist in the development of agricultural, health and specialized sectors.
    9. Carry out or undertake other functions as required or assigned by the Executive Secretary.
    10. Liaise with institutions, related organisations and regulatory bodies in matters relating to academic programmes and activities.
    11. Coordinate research/development activities within institutions.

Vocational, Technical and Skills Development

The Department of Vocational, Technical and Skills Development (VT&SD) was established in July, 2015 by the Board for the coordinated development of working skills in the formal, non-formal and informal sectors of the nation’s economy

The Department was carved out of the former Programmes Department of the Board and subsumes mostly staff from the former Vocation and Enterprise Education Division

The department which is headed by Engr. A. D. K. Mohammed has four divisions which are headed by Deputy Directors namely: Enterprise Institutions Division, headed by Mal. Abdul Isa Kofarmata; Non-formal Technical Eduction Division, by Mal. Samaila Tanko; Nigerian Skills Qualifications Division, by Mr. Olubode Daniel Majiyagbe; and Technical Trades Division, by Mal. Husaini Haruna Mohammad.


The vision of the VT&SD Department is ‘Learn a Skill for Life’.  The vision points to the hope that every citizen of Nigeria will have at least one working skill, that is available for him/her to achieve at any age, which can sustain him throughout his life.



The mission of the VT&SD Department is to ‘spearhead and oversee the coordinated development of relevant and up-to-date skilled workforce for sustained socio-economic growth of the nation’.


The Functions of the VT&SD Department include the following:

  • Establishing the Nigerian Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) in collaboration with relevant stakeholders
  • Establishing National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Nigerian Skills Qualifications (NSQs) and the rules of engagement, while keeping a coherent and consistent database of these documents in collaboration with Industry, Sector Skills Councils (SSCs), Awarding Bodies (ABs) and other relevant stakeholders
  • Setting and determining the roles, responsibilities and relationships of all stakeholders within the Framework
  • Maintaining minimum training standards for Training Providers (TPs), Awarding Bodies (ABs) and Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) to ensure quality and smooth execution of the NSQF structure
  • Setting and maintaining minimum academic standards in Technical Colleges (TCs), Vocational Enterprise Institutions (VEIs), Innovation Enterprise Institutions (IEIs) and Similar Institutions and regulating the quality of their programmes through accreditation, re-accreditation, advisory/resource inspection and monitoring visitations
  • Determining the general programmes to be pursued by TCs, VEIs, IEIs and Similar Institutions and developing national minimum guide curricula in various specialties of technical education covered by these institutions
  • Advising the Board in order to harmonize entry requirements and duration of courses and programmes in the above mentioned institutions
  • Organising the systematic development of other Non-formal Skills Development initiatives in the Country
  • Expanding access to TVET through Industry and Private Sector participation
  • Collate, analyse and publish information relating to the NSQF and its relevant institutions. This include keeping and making available database of qualified assessors, internal quality assurance managers (internal verifiers), external quality assurance managers (external verifiers) and other relevant personnel necessary for the operation of the Framework
  • Collate, analyse and publish information relating to TCs, VEIs and IEIs
  • Organising consultative meetings between the Executive Secretary and heads of Industry, Awarding Bodies, TCs/VEIs/IEIs and other training organisations so as to provide a forum for discussion and review of the extant cooperation between these stakeholders and the Board.
  • Coordinate all aspects of Entrepreneurship Programme in the TVET sub-sector
  • Collate and coordinate the presentation of the Board’s memoranda to the Joint Consultative Committee on Education, JCCE and the National Council on Education, NCE

Enterprise Institutions Division (EID)


The goal of the EID is to coordinate the development of enterprise education institutions, i.e. Vocational and Innovation Enterprise Institutions (VEIs/IEIs), with a view to reducing or eliminating the mismatch between training and industry or employer needs.



  • To establish and maintain minimum academic standards in VEIs and IEIs and regulate the quality of their programmes through accreditation, re-accreditation, advisory/resource inspection and monitoring visitations
  • To determine the general programmes to be pursued by VEIs/IEIs and set the minimum entry requirements for them
  • To develop national minimum guide curricula in various specialist areas covered by the VEIs/IEIs
  • To promote strong industry linkage in TVE for the purpose of expanding access and addressing industry needs
  • To evolve, set and recommend entrepreneurship education requirements for all technical institutions in order to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurial mindset in TVET students
  • To promote and encourage private sector participation in skills training and development


Non-Formal Technical Education Division (NFTED)


The goal of the Non-Formal Technical Education Division (NFTED) is to coordinate the scientific development of the Non Formal Vocational and Technical Education sub-sector to achieve rapid socio-economic development of the country.



Its objectives are:

  • To study, appraise and analyse the development of skills in Non-formal Technical Education in the country
  • To determine the desirability of the non-formal technical skills required by the economy
  • To develop standards for the identified skills
  • To recommend the implementation of the standards to stakeholders.
  • To monitor & evaluate the implementation of the standards.
  • To provide support to non-formal vocational and skills centers in the country
  • To appraise the socioeconomic impact of the standards in the country.
  • To collate, produce and regulate the departmental schedule of visitations


In addition to the above, the Division will also coordinate the development of new curricula and evaluation of submissions for the establishment of new institutions within the purview of the Department. It will, in the interim, coordinate visitations, schedules and collation of visitation results for PEDC and Management consideration. It shall also be responsible for coordinating curriculum development/review for the Department.


Nigerian Skills Qualifications Division (NSQD)


The goal of the Division is to establish, develop and implement the NSQF as a pedestal for the socio-economic growth and development of the nation.



  • Establish the NSQF in collaboration with relevant stakeholders
  • Produce and maintain a free and accessible database for National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • Establish National Vocational Qualifications (NSQs) from the NOS, by setting the rules of engagement, in collaboration with Industry, Sector Skills Councils (SSCs), Awarding Bodies (ABs), Training Providers (TPs) and other relevant stakeholders
  • Determine and set the roles, responsibilities and relationships of all stakeholders within the NSQF
  • Establish and maintain minimum training standards for Training Providers (TPs) and Awarding Bodies (ABs) to ensure quality and smooth execution of the NSQF structure
  • Publish or make available to the public necessary information for the successful implementation of the Framework


The NVQs Division will provide for the establishment of the NVQF, through the systematic integration and development of the current informal and non-formal skills sectors with the formal education and training sector.

Technical Trades Division (TTD)


The goal of the TTD is to ensure the quality delivery of knowledge and skills in technical and related trades in Technical Colleges (TCs) and similar secondary level institutions


  • Initiate, design, develop and review curricula in technical and related trade areas
  • Offer advice to the proprietors on issues relating to institutional administration and technical trade areas
  • Carry out resource inspection of human and physical resources put in place in readiness for imparting knowledge and skills
  • Carry out accreditation of technical and related courses to ensure quality of delivery
  • Determine the capability of institutions on their readiness for additional programmes or streams
  • To produce and coordinate the Board’s presentations to the Joint Consultative Committee on Education, JCCE and the National Council on Education, NCE

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