Ministry of Education

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The Ministry of Education was established in August 1991 and is presently under the leadership of Jigem L. Johanes as Commissioner.

Below are the list of Boards and Parastatals under the Ministry;

  1. Taraba State University, Jalingo.
  2. College of Education, Zing.
  3. Taraba State Polytechnic, Suntai.
  4. Post Primary Schools Management Board, Jalingo.
  5. Taraba State Universal Basic Education Board, Jalingo.
  6. Taraba State Mass Education Board, Jalingo.
  7. Library Board, Jalingo.
  8. Taraba State Scholarship Board, Jalingo.

Directors in the Ministry

  1. Bala N. Fwadu                        Administration
  2. Samsom N. Ada                     Quality Assurance Service
  3. Mani D. Kamai                       Plan, Research and Statistics
  4. Mustapha M. Buhari            Education Resource Centre
  5. Bakari Sanada                        Primary & Sec Education
  6. Peter J. Buba                           Science & Tech. Education
  7. Ezekiel S. Kwambo               Higher Educ & Scholarship
  8. Joshua A. Yamusa                 Sport & Physical

Achievements of the Ministry

  1. Regular payment of salaries to the staff of the Ministry N71, 718, 799. 40.
  2. Monthly feeding subvention to Exchange Programme colleges – Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Jalingo and Marmara Government Girls Secondary School, Wukari – N14, 564,000. 00.
  3. Registration of WAEC examination 2016 for students of Special Education Centre Mutum-Biyu/Garbabi and exchange students. – N13, 661. 00.
  4. Transportation of students on Exchange Programme – N16, 961, 200.00.
  5. Restructuring /Renovation of WAEC Office in Jalingo and the purchase of 406 Peugeot Wagon for WAEC office in Taraba state –N7, 000,000.00.
  6. Presentation of Education sector plan and annual schools census –N 17,136,240.00
  7. Conveyance of Mass Education Board Material from Abuja to Jalingo for kumbo, Donga Local Government Area.
  8. Approval and acceptance for Gechan [NGO] in collaboration with JAMB office /MOE to set up JAMB centre in Gembu. What a good news to the people of Sardauna and her environs.
  9. Training of 100 youth in Israel for employment/empowerment.

Jigem L. Johanes

The Hon. Commissioner of the Ministry, Jigem H. Johanes, hails from Sardauna Local Government and was born 25th March 1963. He is married with four (4) children.

He began his Educational career at Mbamnga Central Primary School from 1973 to 1978. He proceeded for his Post-Primary Education at Government Teachers College, Gembu from 1978 – 1983. He proceeded further to College of Education Hong, Gongola state from 1984 – 1987 and the University of Calabar for his first degree from 1989 – 1991.e is a Member of Teachers Council of Nigeria.

Mr. Jigem Johanes  is a Member of Teachers Council of Nigeria.

Awards and Honours

  • Achievers Award Taraba State.
  • Sardauna Youth Forum Certificate of recognition and hard work.
  • Commendation by the State P.D.P chairman for hard work and physical development.
  • Commendation for P.T. A activities by Taraba State Teaching Service Board.
  • Best Evangelist – Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship, Port-Harcourt in 1991.

Workshops Attended

He has attended the following workshops to enhance his performance on the job.

  • All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary School (ANCOPSS) Professional Continuous Mandatory Training workshop in Gombe – November 2005.
  • HIV prevention for Orphans and Vulnerable Childcare Training – Nov. 2008.
  • All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary School (ANCOPSS) National Conference from 1995 – 2014.
  • National sensitization workshop on promoting Mambilla Plateau as a tourist destination in 2008.
  • Drug Abuse Enlightenment Workshop by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gembu.

 Political Appointments

He was appointed as Commissioner of Education.


  1. Jigem Johannes: The development of the Highland Tea on the Mambilla Plateau. College of Education Hong in 1986 – 1987.
  2. Jigem Johannes: The Effect of Counselling on Career Choice Among Students. A case study of Gembu town in Gongola state – 1991 (University of Calabar).

His hobbies are Teaching, Hunting, and Reading.

The Permanent Secretary

Ada N. Samson

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