Dr. Armiya’u Malami Yabo

Special Assistant to the DG

Dr. Armiya’u Malami  Yabo has with effect from January 13, 2021, been appointed as the Special Assistant (SA) to Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, the NTI Director-General  and Chief Executive(DG/CE).

Born on January 17, 1978, the new SA to DG/CE holds a Ph.D in Linguistics, hailed from Yabo town of Yabo Local Government Area of Sokoto State, North-West, Nigeria.

He completed his Primary School education in the year 1988 and Secondary School education in 1994; from there he proceeded to Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, where he obtained Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in 1999.

He then proceeded to Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, where he bagged a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Degree in English Language from the Department of Modern European Languages and Linguistics in 2003 and later Master of Arts (M.A) Degree in 2010 and capped it with a Ph.D in Linguistics  in the year 2018.

Dr. Yabo, who is versatile, has been a professional and certified teacher, registered by the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

He is also a registered member of English Scholars’ Association of Nigeria (ESAN) and English Language Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (ELTAN).

He has written and published numerous articles on Teacher quality and qualifications in Nigeria, which cover areas of Phonology of Nigerian English and Issues bordering on Open and Distance Education in the Global South.

It is worthy of note to report that Dr Yabo had alongside Prof. Ofulue Christiane a Lead Researcher, from the National Open University of Nigeria and three other colleagues, recently won a TetFund 2020 NRH Research grant of ₦27,971,240.00 for a research titled: Setting an Agenda for Research into Open, Distance and E-learning in the Global South.’’

It is also interesting to note that his Ph.D thesis has also been awarded and recognised for Publication by the TetFund , being the best-written Ph.D thesis of the year 2018 from the Faculty of Arts and Islamic studies, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

Having considered the capacities in which he served the Institute as an adhoc-staff for over nine years, the Governing Council and the Management of the Institute approved his appointment and re-deployment as State Coordinator, Sokoto State office on May 12, 2012, where he served up to June 29, 2020.

Prior to his appointment into the Institute, he served in adhoc capacities as English Language Course Tutor for Grd II Students; Pivotal Teacher Training Programme (PTTP); Special Teacher Upgrading Programme (STUP) as well as the Nigeria Certificate in Education by Distance Learning system (NCE/DLS).

 Others areas he served meritoriously included Oral English Assistant Examiner up to the rank of a Centre Manager as well as Member Advisory Committee of the Sokoto State Office of the National Teachers’ Institute, representing the Sokoto State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers.

For the purpose of administrative convenience, he was redeployed to the Department of Academic services on June 29, 2020, and posted to Planning, Research and Development (PRS) Division as well as Coordinator E-learning for a period of six months.


Source: NTI News Bulletin, January-February 2021 Bi-monthly Edition.