Sobi Cantonment, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria





Major General Umar Nasir Babangida, the current Provost of Nigerian Army College of Education (NACOE) is an aborigine of Matazu Local Government Area of Katsina State. He was commissioned in 1993 as a member of the National Guard Course 1 and subsequently demobilized into the Nigerian Army and posted to the Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC).

He has attended several military courses. These include; Young Officers Course Education, Young Officers Course Infantry, Basic NAEC Officers Course, Mortar Platoon Commander Course, Basic System Approach to Training and Curriculum Course, Junior Course (Army), Advance NAEC Officers Development Course and NAEC Officers Executive Development Course amongst others.

His academic qualifications include Grade II Teachers Certificate from Teachers College Dutsin-Ma 1983, National Certificate of Education from Federal College of Education Kontagora 1987, Bachelor of Art (Education) Degree in Hausa from Bayero University Kano 1991. He also bagged a Masters Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 2006 and PhD (in view) Nasarawa State University, Keffi 2022.

He has held several appointments and served in the following formations/units: Instructor, Nigerian Military School (NMS), Zaria. Supervisory Education Officer, ICS/AFCSC, Jaji. Commandant, Command Army Day Secondary School, Lungi Barracks, Abuja. Commandant, Command Day Secondary School, Ojo, Lagos. Deputy Chief of Staff Administration, Headquarters NAEC. Director Division Education Services, Headquarters 3 and 81 Divisions Education respectively. Director Coordination, Nigerian Army Institute of Science Education and Technology (NAISET). Director Curriculum, Army War College Nigeria (AWCN). Rector, Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology (NACEST), Makurdi. He was appointed Provost Nigerian Army College of Education (NACOE) early 2024.