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Director, Administration

Knowledge and information are everything to James Pamni, the Director, Strategy, Reform Coordination and Service Improvement Department. Born on November 11, 1959 at Bali, Demsa, in the Upper Benue River Basin in Adamawa State of Nigeria, he recognized early in life that in order to achieve any dream, he needed a good education, experience and growth. Hence he did not take his education for granted, having studied up to and earned the Master of Public Administration which he complemented with the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Benin, Benin City. This was to build on the solid academic foundation laid from the renowned History Department of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1984. He also obtained professional qualifications and membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, Nigerian Institute of Management, and the Institute of Corporate Administration.

Identifying and leveraging early on a combination of key executive skills and competences, he started his working career in 1986 with the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and rose to the position of Mails Services Manager in 1992 before leaving the organization for another stint with the Agricultural Projects Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (APMEU), a World Bank assisted Project under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, as Regional Administrative Officer. He joined the services of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) on 30th June 1998 as an Assistant Director (Administration) and was later promoted to the rank of Deputy Director (Administration) on 1st Jan 2002. Mr. Pamni was subsequently redeployed as Deputy Director (Monitoring Research and Statistic) from 2002-2003 opening the door to the vast field of educational administration (Policy, Management, Research and Measurement and Evaluation). He was later posted to Abuja in 2003 as the Deputy Director and Head of Abuja Office. He returned to the NABTEB Headquarters in 2008 and served as the Deputy Director, Registrar’s Office, and Deputy Director and Head of Human Resource of the Board 2008-2010.

To widen the scope of his experience, exposure, and growth, in 2010, he sought for and got the approval of the Board for secondment to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS), Obafemi Awolowo University Campus, Ile Ife, , as Director of Admin and Finance (Registrar) from December up to November 2012. He also served on secondment as Registrar at the Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences (NIMG) Jos, from Dec 2012 to February 2014, both institutions offered postgraduate programmes, amongst others.

His return to the Board in 2014 marked a pivotal moment in his career development, when, after serving briefly as the Deputy Director (Examinations Administration) from March – December 2014, he was promoted to the newly created position of Director, (Strategy, Reforms and Service Improvement) at NABTEB Headquarters. The new Department drives strategy, reforms, service improvement and change management throughout NABTEB.

In the course of his professional and career development, James Pamni also served on several Federal Government Panels and other National Committees including, the Committee for the establishment of Vocational Enterprise Institutions and Innovation Enterprise Institution and the Strategic Framework for Vocational and Innovation Enterprise Institutions(2007 and 2008), the Committee on the planning of the converged Examinations Management Technology Platform for all Public Examination Bodies in Nigeria(2008), the National Committee on the Review of the National Policy on Education established by the National Council on Education (2007 and 2008), the National High level Committee on the Review of Basic and Post Basic Education Curricular in 2007, ,the National Committee on Quality Assurance Initiatives at FME 2007. He also served as the Chief Administrative Officer/Assistant Secretary, Presidential Visitation panel to the University of Benin (1999), and the Branch Secretary, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, Abuja Chapter 2005-08, amongst many others.

Over these years James Pamni has trodden fields and specializations of management including General Administration, Human Resource Management and Development, Education/Examinations Administration, Management of Higher Education, Strategy and Policy Management, Project Management, Organizational Development and Change Management, amongst others.