By the law establishing the Centre, it is subject to the authority of two bodies namely:
In the process of conducting the day to day management of the centre, the Governing Council and Academic Board require the services of committees to deal with particular area of work. These Committees could be standing committees or ad hoc committees.
Decree No. 40 of December, 1989 provides for the autonomy of the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja as a corporate body. The Centre, in this regard, has a Governing Council which shall comprise a Chairman, the Director General of the Centre and 11 other members.
The Governing Council is the governing body of the Centre and it is charged with the general control and superintendence of the policy, finances and property of the Centre, including the public relations. It is also the responsibility of the Governing Council to ensure that proper accounts of the Centre are kept and audited annually by an independent firm of auditors.
Members of the Council who are not serving public officers, are appointed to hold office for a period of four years from the date of their appointment and are eligible for re-appointment.
The composition of the Council is as follows:
The academic board of the centre is charge with organization and control of lectures and tutorials, symposia, workshops, conferences etc in the subject areas of Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Theoretical Physics and Mathematical Science Education. The broad subject area of Mathematics i.e. Algebra, Geometry, General and Global Analysis, Topology, Approximation Theory, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Modeling, Operation research, Systems and Control Theory etc; shall be given due attention. Similar attention are devoted to the usual key subject areas of the other programmes.
Its responsibilities also include the admission and discipline of participants who are admitted into the centre to receive one course of instruction or the other.
The membership of the academic board, as stated in part IV, section 10 of Decree No. 40 of 1989, comprises:
The Academic Board is also expected to formulate and continuously evaluate the academic programmes of the centre, and perform other functions as are traditional to such bodies as the Director who is the Chairman of the Academic Board meetings, the Deputy Director shall preside at such meetings. However, in the absence of both, the members present at any of such a meeting, shall appoint one of their members to preside.
The Principal Officers of the Center, whose appointments and tenure are in accordance with the Nigerian University system, are as follows:
1. The Director & Chief Executive
2. The Deputy Director
3. The Registrar
4. The Librarian
5. The Bursar