Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary (Technical)


Professor Bala Zakari was born on 4th May 1966 in Daura Local Government Area, Katsina State. He attended Daura Teachers College and later went to Bayero University, Kano where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education (Adult Education), Second-Class, Upper Honours. He obtained a Master of Education degree from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, and proceeded to the Bayero University (BUK), Kano, Nigeria where he obtained his Doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Planning. 

His experience in the world of work began in 1991 when he was posted to the Agency for Adult and Non-Formal Education in Calabar, Cross River State as part of the National Youth Service Corps scheme from 1991 to 1992. Upon completing the national service, he joined the services of the Katsina State government as an Education Officer in the State Ministry of Education. His keen interest in the educational development of Nigeria motivated his taking up an offer OF appointment with Bayero University, Kano as an Academic Staff member in the Faculty of Education in 1995. He continued his meritorious service to this famous academic community from 1995 to 2020. Prof. Bala Zakari has at three (3) different periods served as a member of the Senate of the Bayero University Kano. 

Having succeeded in the discharge of the aforementioned core professional duties, he has been saddled with other leadership roles within and outside the university. Prof. Bala Zakari continues to impart his skills to upcoming academics and technocrats in the education sector at various training and capacity-building workshops especially those targeting Teacher Professional Development, Quality Assurance, and Education Data Management Processes. Of significant note in this regard is his role as Lead Researcher, DFID project organized by Education Data Research and Evaluation in Nigeria (EDOREN) on Identifying, Recruiting, and Deployment of Effective Teachers in Kano State, 2016-2017. 

Prof. Zakari is happily married with children. He was appointed UBEC Deputy Executive Secretary (Technical), by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 13th, 2020.

Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary (Technical)


The Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary (Technical) is established by the UBE Act, 2004 as one of the two Deputy Executive Secretaries to assist the Executive Secretary in the running of Universal Basic Education Commission.


1. Coordinates the Technical Departments of the Commission, namely:

     Department of Planning, Research and Statistics

     Department of Quality Assurance

     Department of Academic Services

     Department of Physical Planning

2. Any other assignment as may be assigned by the Executive Secretary.

Dame (Mrs.) Comfort Iheme – Rep. South East

She hails from Bende LGA of Abia State. She holds a B.Sc, 1987 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Dr. Danjuma Adamu Dabo – Rep. North East

Dr. Danjuma hails from Bauchi State. He obtained M.Sc Public Administration and Policy Analysis from the University of Abuja, MBA form Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Ph.D Economics from the Loughborough University, UK.