Following the take-off of the NBTE Zonal offices, the Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris M. Bugaje has approved the appointment of Acting Directors for the Zonal Offices. They are: Alh. Husaini Haruna Muhammad, North-East Zonal Office located at Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Bauchi State; Alh. Garba Muhammad Nalado, North-West Zonal Office located at Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina State; Mr. Olubode Daniel Majiyagbe, South-West Zonal Office located at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos State; Dr Hatim Musa Koko, North-Central Zonal Office located at Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Nasarawa State; Engr. Ngozi Margaret Okelekwe, South-South Zonal Office located at Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State; and Engr. Dr. Jonathan Item Ukpai, South-East Zonal Office located at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, Enugu State.


The Honourable Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu has approved the siting of the NBTE Zonal Offices across the six geopolitical zones of the country. The approval was conveyed in a letter with reference DTE/Poly.58/C.I/T/127 dated 19th July, 2021 signed by the Director, Polytechnic Education and Allied Institutions, Mr. Adeleye Adeoye. The offices will initially be hosted by selected TVET institutions within the zones for immediate take-off and will strictly be administrative. The Zonal Offices will provide a one-stop-shop for institutions and other stakeholders within the Zones.

NSQF Operational Manual (Reviewed Edition)

WHAT IS NSQF? NSQF formally called NVQF is a system for the development, classification and recognition of skills, knowledge, understanding and competencies acquired by individuals, irrespective of where and how the training or skill was acquired. The system gives a clear statement of what the learner must know or be able to do whether the learning took place in a classroom, on-the-job, or less formally. The framework indicates the comparability of different qualifications and how one can progress from one level to another. The framework is the structure within which the National Skills Qualifications (NSQs) operate. 

Digest of Statistics

The TVET institutions under the purview of NBTE comprises Polytechnics, Monotechnics, Innovation Enterpise Institutions refered to as IEIs, Vocational Enterprise Institutions refered to as VEIs and Technical College. The following is the digest of statistical data of these institutions for the 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 academic sessions. The statistical digest of each of the TVET institution listed above are presented in separate chapters in much the same order for easy location and reading. Coverage of the Institutions’ Digest The institutions listed under each of the TVET institution types in this Digest have been officially recognized by NBTE to operate. Also, the full and part-time programmes and trades covered are those that have been standardized by NBTE, and have been granted interim or full accreditation. Therefore, anynother programme offered by the institution or any other institutions’ own certification are exempted for the purpose of this publication. The statistical data presented across these TVET institutions comprises students enrolment and out-turn, teaching and non-teaching staff distribution for the 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 academic sessions.

Directories of Accredited Programmes

These are current and past editions of the directories of accredited programmes offered in all institutions under the regulation of NBTE in Nigeria. They contain lists of programmes that are granted full accreditations and Interim accreditations. They were published in exercise of the powers conferred on the Board by the Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) CAP E3 LFN 2004. Accreditation has been granted to the following categories of institutions: i. Polytechnics; ii. Colleges of Agriculture; iii. Innovation Enterprise Institutions; iv. Colleges of Health Sciences; v. Specialized Institutions; vi. Technical Colleges; and vii. Vocational Enterprise Institutions. Approved institutions offering the approved programmes can award the following certificates as the case may be and as appropriate to the graduate of the programmes: i. National Diploma (ND) ii. Higher National Diploma (HND) iii. Full Professional Diploma [Post-HND] or iv. National Innovation Diploma (NID) v. National Vocational Certificate (NVC) vi. National Technical Certificate (NTC) vii. National Business Certificate (NBC) viii. Advanced National Technical Certificate (ANTC) ix. Advanced National Business Certificate (ANBC)

NBTE Centre of Excellence for TVE

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.

Brief History of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)

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). 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.


As part of its top strategic agenda in promoting skills, the National Board for Technical Education has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Commit Technology and Consult Ltd for the development and benchmarking of Information Technology (IT) skills of staff and students of TVET Institutions across the country. According to the Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris M. Bugaje, development of digital literacy competency will empower TVET personnel and students to acquire emerging skills for fulfilling careers and employability in the modern economy. Prof. Bugaje who said this during the Signing of the MoU between the Board and Commit Technology and Consult Ltd. further said that one of his strategies in actualizing this, is to decentralize training to the Zonal Offices. Hence, the Board has selected 7 locations to serve as training centres for train-the-trainers workshop as well as venue for benchmarking test.


The Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Prof. Idris Muhammad Bugaje was at the launch of Hinata Energy Bio Fuel Cook Stove which was held at Kaduna Polytechnic by the Centre for Renewable Energy, Sustainable Technology and Development (CRESTAD) headed by Engr Dr Musa Daji Abdullahi. The Executive Secretary who expressed hope for the Centre to become a hub for Sustainable Research in Nigeria, commended the initiative of Hinata Energy and CRESTAD for the Innovation and urged Nigerians to go beyond Research and Development and move into Innovation. This according to the Executive Secretary is what is required to make Nigeria a Producing Economy rather than being a Consumer Nation and a dumping ground for all kinds of products.


The National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, has trained its staff as facilitators for the implementation of Open, Distance and Flexible eLearning (ODFeL). While declaring the training open, the Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris Muhammad Bugaje charged them to be diligent and dedicated as they will lead the ODFeL movement across the TVET Sector. He urged them to note that they will be responsible for the training of other facilitators and development of courseware for the implementation of ODFeL.