Ossom Mmah Ossom is a result-driven education expert with keen interest in utilizing his professional skills towards enhancing the attainment of educationally related components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He holds a 2nd-Class Upper Division, Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Fine Arts, (August 1990), from the University of Cross River State (now University of Uyo),
Nigeria; a Master‟s Degree in Public Administration (Human Resource
Management), (May 2011), from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Abuja, Nigeria; a Masters’ degree in Educational Planning and Management, (June 2012), from the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), Paris, France, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Planning from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria, October 2019.
Ossom started his professional career in 1990, after his first degree, serving in various media/creative capacities in the Public Relations and Advertising industry. He joined the services of UBEC in June 2002 as a Senior Social Mobilization Officer in the Department of Social Mobilization. He rose within the ranks in the Department to the position of Chief Social Mobilization Officer before being reassigned as Head of UBEC Public Relations and Protocol Unit in 2014. In October 2014, he was designated as Coordinator, UBEC Sub-Zonal Office, Abuja and served in that capacity till February 2015 when he, once again, was and Protocol Unit. His second stint as UBEC spokesman ended in November 22, 2020 following his appointment, by God‟s grace, as Acting Director, Department of Social Mobilization, effective November 23, 2020.
Dr. Ossom is married and he and his wife are blessed with children. He loves reading, visiting and exploring life-long learning opportunities in other terrains and derives pleasure in serving and mentoring. He is an advocate of the institutionalization of best practices in education system administration and is committed to utilizing the social mobilization and effective communication platforms in making fundamental contributions to the successful execution of priority educational interventions in developing nations. reappointed Head of UBEC Public Relations
The Social Mobilization Department is saddled with, among other responsibilities, carrying out mass mobilization, advocacy and sensitization of the general public, forging partnerships with stakeholders in basic education as well as disseminating various messages of the UBE programme to the general public. This is aimed at increasing awareness, community empowerment, ownership and participation of stakeholders to achieve the overall objectives of the compulsory, free universal basic education in Nigeria.
The Department as at December, 2020, had seven (7) Units with their corresponding Sections as follows:
The Department carries out a number of specific functions aimed at achieving the overall objectives of the Commission.
SBMC-SIP encourages community participation and ownership of schools. The Commission. through the programme, disburses funds directly to SBMCs for the improvement of infrastructure, learning materials and equipment in schools. The overall import is to increase access to education, qualitative education and achieving equity in the provision of Basic Education in Nigeria.
The Unit carried out the under listed activities during the year under review:
The Special Needs Education is one of the key programmes of the Commission aimed at bridging the education gap between children with psycho-social, mental or physical challenges in basic education delivery. The Commission supports states and private providers to ensure that children with special needs acquire basic education and are adequately catered for, irrespective of their psycho-physical conditions.
The following activities were carried out under this sub-programme during the period under review:
The Open Schooling Programme is instituted to promote enrolment, retention and completion of basic education in a flexible education system that allows learners learn in a conducive local learning environment at an agreed time with the community away from the conventional schooling system using Information and Communication Technology tools.
The under listed activities were carried out in OSP during the year under review:
The Department organized a three-day capacity building workshop for UBEC‟s Social Mobilization Officers and SUBEBs‟ Enrolment Drive Desk Officers in the 36 States and FCT.
To continuously enhance stakeholder partnerships in UBE delivery, the Commission has established partnerships with different NGOs, the Organized Private Sector and line Ministries interested in supporting basic education delivery. The Unit has accomplished the under-listed activities:
The Department is engaged in the following on-going projects:
The following activities are planned for accomplishment in the future:
Development of a Draft Framework on Effective School. Organizing a meeting with stakeholders.
Production of enlightenment materials and posters on SBMC and Out-ofSchool Children.
The following challenges were faced by the Department, during the year, in the discharge of its functions:
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She hails from Bende LGA of Abia State. She holds a B.Sc, 1987 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Dr. Danjuma hails from Bauchi State. He obtained M.Sc Public Administration and Policy Analysis from the University of Abuja, MBA form Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Ph.D Economics from the Loughborough University, UK.