The Special Projects Unit is domiciled in the Office of the Executive Secretary. It coordinates activities of all International Development Partners and Donor Agencies involved in the implementation of basic education programmes in Nigeria.
The Unit is headed by a Deputy Director/Coordinator, Special Projects who reports directly to the Executive Secretary. He, however, works closely with other Heads of Departments and their relevant Technical Officers. He is assisted by three Project Officers and an Assistant Chief Confidential Secretary.
The main functions of the Unit are:
The activities of the Unit include liaising with major International Development Partners collaborating with the Universal Basic Education Commission and providing support for the development of basic education in Nigeria. The projects coordinated by the Unit are as stated below:
The World Bank has been a long-time partner and is currently supporting the State Education Programme Investment Project in Nigeria. This is an innovation project being piloted in three States: Anambra, Bauchi and Ekiti States. Under this project, funds are disbursed to States after they have achieved and accomplished some pre-determined performance/disbursement indicators called Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs). Thus, this is a result-based financing project. UBEC as a statutory Agency charged with the responsibility or coordinating Basic Education in Nigeria has a major role to play.
Additional Financing (AF) of SEPIP is focusing on the need for system strengthening in the North-East States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe in addition to the 3 States of Anambra, Bauchi and Ekiti. It is designed to strengthen the educational system by supporting:
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is under the World Bank supervision. The GPE/NIPEP is a 100 million US Dollars grant aimed at assisting Nigeria to achieve EFA goals through increased access and improved quality in basic education. Financing Agreement of the project was signed and ratified by the Federal Ministry of Finance in November 2015. The project is at various stages of implementation in the five States of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Sokoto. The major areas of focus in the project are:
UBEC is designated as a Technical Assistance Provider to the implementing states and the main Monitoring & Evaluation outfit for the project.
Better Education Service Delivery for All, Program-for-Results (PforR) is an operational project that has been requested for by the Federal Ministry of Education from the World Bank in support of the
Ministry‟s Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP) 2016-2019. The project is a $611m operation to support Pillar I of the MSP, the Out-ofSchool Children. The operation became effective on 22nd January 2018 and focuses on 17 States (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Ebonyi,
Gombe, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Niger, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara States) with the highest number of out-of-school children.
Skill “G” Project Skill „‟G‟‟ is one of the companies established for educational development in Nigeria. Their functions include the promotion of Science & Technology,
Mathematics, Engineering, and Technical & Vocational Education in Nigeria from Primary to Tertiary levels.
The achievements of the Unit in the year under review are:
In spite of the achievements recorded by the Unit, there are still some constraints. These are:
The Unit is proposing to carry out the following activities in the future:
Immigration Service, Customs & Excise, Nigeria Ports Authority, etc,
for smoother coordination and implementation of IDPs supported Programmes and Projects.
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She hails from Bende LGA of Abia State. She holds a B.Sc, 1987 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
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.