Planning, Research & Statistics


Mr. Akpanossom Essien Udoh was born on 15th June, 1969 in Ikot Ubo – Ubium, Akwa Ibom State. He attended the prestigious Hope Waddel Training Institution (HOWAD) Calabar in Cross River State in 1984 and then proceeded to School of Basic Studies (SBS) Akamkpa for IJMB (A‟ level) programme from 1985 – 1988. He graduated from the University of Calabar in 1993/94 with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Mathematics & Statistics and later obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Management in 2002. A core statistician with proven ability in his profession with pursuit for further knowledge, he proceeded to obtain his Masters degree in Educational Planning and Administration from the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris, France in 2013 with specialties in Planning, Analysis and Education Management Information System (EMIS). 

Mr. Udoh started his career in the public service in 1994 with the then National Primary Education Commission (NPEC) where he did the National

Youth Service in the Department of Planning Research & Statistics from June 1994 – May 1995. On completion of Youth Service and as a reward for hard work and dedication to duties during the period, Mr. Udoh was offered automatic employment into the services of the defunct NPEC on 30th May, 1995 as Statistician II. He has traversed through the Commission‟s transformation from NPEC to UBEP and eventually the Universal Basic Education Commission following the enactment of the UBE Act, 2004 into law. 

A Data Manager and Research analyst, he has been instrumental in the planning and successful execution of country surveys and related projects some of which include:

  • The 1995 NPEC organized Mass Verification Exercise (MVE) of all public schools in Nigeria.  Census of All Qur‟anic Schools in Nigeria in 1996.

The 2006 and 2010 National Personnel Audit (NPA) of all Public schools in Nigeria as well as the 2018 NPA of All Public and Private Basic Education Institutions in Nigeria.

Akpanossom Essien Udoh. MNSA, MMAN

Ag. Director, Planning Research and


  • The 2004, 2010, 2015 and 2018 Nigeria Education Data Surveys (NEDS), organized by the National Population Commission (NPopC) in collaboration with the FME, UBEC and NBS.

He has served in many different capacities as well as representing the Commission within and outside the ambits of his profession. These include but not limited to:

  • Member, Population Working Group (PTWG), a Standing Working Committee of the NPopC.
  • Member, Technical Committee and Nigerian contingent to the 49th and 50th Sessions of the United Nations Commission on Population Development (UNCPD) preparatory to the General Assembly on Population and Sustainable Development, New York in 2016 and 2017.
  • IIEP Study Team leader to understudy the Education systems in France and UAE in 2012.
  • Member, Nigeria Education management Information System (FME-NEMIS) Technical Committee.

He is an Associate Member, Nigeria Statistics Association (NSA) and Mathematics Association of Nigeria (MAN). Mr. Akpanossom Udoh is happily married and blessed with children.


The Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS) Department is a „‟Think Tank‟‟ of the Commission charged with the responsibility of providing technical and professional support services to the Commission and other basic education stakeholders towards improved efficient and effective service delivery. 

The Department is responsible for the development of strategic plans for the advancement of Basic Education through careful and analytical research. The Department through the Education Management Information System (EMIS) Unit is charged with ensuring the educational data is collected, stored and retrieved in a timely and accurate manner for educational planning and decision making. The Department also serves as the hub which ensures the smooth running of the Commission‟s Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) process through its ICT Unit. 


The Department is headed by the Director and is assisted by a Deputy Director and an Assistant Director. It comprises of 4 Units which include: 

  • Education Management Information System and Statistics (EMIS);
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT);
  • Research and Publications; and
  • Strategic Planning.


The following are the key functions carried out by the Department:


  • Advising Management on acquisition, maintenance, utilization and updating of ICT facilities in the Commission.
  • Setting standards and monitoring the progress of the Computer Centres at the SUBEBs as well as providing technical support on the development of EMIS at UBEC, SUBEB, LGEA and school levels.
  • Designing and developing data collecting instruments, coordinating, and managing the basic education databank through collation, processing, and dissemination.
  • Serving as a link between collaborating agencies and other stakeholders on ICT development, data management and other related issues.
  • Coordinating the development of UBEC Action, Strategic and Rolling Plans.
  • Coordinating UBEC‟s Work Plan and Budget.
  • Organizing quarterly In-house Seminars for UBEC staff.
  • Coordinating Action Research in identified areas of Basic Education.
  • Collecting, collating, and editing of UBEC publications (Annual Report, UBE Journal and Basic Educationist).
  • Managing research and development components of assisted projects by International Development Partners (IDPs).
  • Serving as a Secretariat for Inter-Departmental Committee on Research and serving as Technical Partners on special research assignments.
  • Providing professional and technical support to SUBEBs on the development of their Strategic Plans, data generation, analysis, dissemination and EMIS.
  • Assisting the states in collaboration with BESDA in developing their State Medium Term Basic Education Strategic Plan (SMTBESP); and
  • Carrying out any other functions as may be directed by the Executive Secretary from time to time.


The Department‟s major achievements and activities carried out during the year are as follows:

  • Carried out monitoring and evaluation of the implementation compliance of the 2017-2019 States Medium Term Basic Education Strategic Plans (SMTBESPs) in all the 36 States and the FCT.
  • Reviewed the 2017 – 2019 implementation of the SMTBESP.
  • Conducted sensitization meeting for the development of the 2020 – 2023 State/National Medium Term Basic Education Strategic Plans (SMTBESP/NMTBESP).
  • Managed the Commission‟s website, internet connectivity and computer systems maintenance;
  • In-house development of relevant softwares for ease of implementation of programmes and activities carried out by the different Departments of the Commission.
  • Reviewed States‟ Action Plans to ascertain their level of compliance with the SMTBESP.
  • Publicized the Commission‟s activities through uploads on the Commission‟s website.
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting of ICT systems in the Commission, system repairs and installation of Antivirus and Microsoft Office package.
  • Collaborated with the Teacher Development Department in the FTS erecruitment exercise in November, 2020.
  • Collated the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 school records from States.
  • Sensitization and collaboration meeting with 36 SUBEBs and FCT – UBEB EMIS Desk Officers at Gujuda Hotel, Mararaba, Nasarawa State in February, 2020.
  • Collation and harmonization of 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 Basic Education data from 36 SUBEBs and FCT – UBEB.
  • Preparation of instrument for the conduct of validation of 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 Basic Education data from 36 SUBEBs and FCT – UBEB.
  • Continuous dissemination of basic education data, distribution of 2018 National Personnel Audit (NPA) published report and other relevant documents to stakeholder and end users.


The Department was faced with the following challenges during the year in the course of executing its activities/programmes:

  • Inadequate budgetary provision for activities of the Department.
  • Low collaborations between Departments/Units in the Commission to ensure proper implementation of Strategic and Operational Plans.
  • Inadequate professional training for staff of the Department.
  • Closure of schools nationwide due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Closure of government offices nationwide.
  • Insufficient Office Space for members of staff.


The Department has scheduled to undertake the underlisted activities in the nearest future:

  • Follow-up monitoring and evaluation of SUBEBs/FCT-UBEB compliance with the States‟ Medium Term Basic Education Strategic Plans (SMTBESPs) in the implementation process of their Action Plans; to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in Basic Education service delivery.
  • Bi-annual meetings of the Directors in-charge of Strategic Planning in the SUBEBs/FCT-UBEB.
  • Continuous and further collaboration with the International Development Partners (IDPs) and other stakeholders especially with SUBEBs/FCT-UBEB on Strategic Planning.
  • Conduct of Quarterly In-house seminars.
  • Capacity building of staff of the Department to enhance their performance and productivity.
  • Collection and collation of materials for the publication of the [1] Annual Report and UBE Journal.
  • Continuous dissemination of Basic Education data to stakeholders and other end-users.
  • Validation of the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 school records.
  • Sensitization of States on E-Government platforms.
  • Sensitization of States on ICT policy for Basic Education and its implementation.
  • Pilot Testing of data collection software.
  • Training of UBEC technical officers and state technical committee on eData.
  • Conduct of 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 validation of Basic Education data returns made to the Commission by SUBEBs and FCT-UBEB. 
  • Analysis of 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 Basic Education data.
  • Generation of statistical tables and reporting 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 Basic Education data.
  • Sustainability plan for collection of 2021 Basic Education data.



In the course of the year under review, the Departments has contributed its quota to the smooth running of the Commission and hopes to strengthen collaboration between other Departments, SUBEBs and other Stakeholders in the coming year. 

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.