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Professor Akpama, Simon Ibor before his appointment as the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non – Formal Education (NCML) in September 2021 was the Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. He has held several other positions in the University before his present appointment. He has authored several publications both local and international. He is an academia per excellence. He is a multiple award winner; including the 2023 Census Ambassador of the National Population Commission. He is also a member of several organizations including the British African Academic Partnership (BAAP); Member, Counselling Association of Nigeria (CAN); Member, Nigeria National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE); and Member, Nigerian Education Research Reporters. He is happily married. Executive Secretary Manages the affairs of the commission.

The units under the Executive Secretary are:

1.     Public Relation Unit

2.     Legal Unit

3.     Procurement Unit

4.     Audit Unit

Department of Administration and General Services

This Department is headed by a Director who is responsible for the routine administrative functions of the Commission. The Administration and General Services Department ensure that the staffing of the Commission is appropriate to the Commissions overall objectives. The Administration and General Services Department have two main Divisions, which include:

  • Appointments, Promotion and Disciplinary Division (APDD)
  • Staff Welfare, Training and General Services Division.

To this end, the Department:

  • Maintain procedures of selection, recruitment, placement and appraisal which will ensure the availability of staff in appropriate numbers, skills and abilities suited to the requirements of each job and ensure that the Federal Character principles are maintained in recruitment and placement
  • Handling Secondment and Transfer cases
  • Be Responsible for Junior and Senior Staff Promotions, Conversions and Advancements
  • Be responsible for all training and staff development programmes of the Commission
  • Be responsible for Disciplinary Matters of staff of the Commission
  • Ensure the implementation of approved working conditions and welfare facilities that would enhance efficiency and harmony
  • Serving as secretariat to the Governing Board and its standing committees
  • Making available stationeries, office equipment and furniture, while ensuring records, storage and maintenance of these items


The department is to provide guideline in the management of technical and
professional officers in the works , transport and services.

  • Setting Up Minimum Standards for The Planning and Construction of The Commission Infrastructure.
  • Participating in the monitoring/supervision of approved NMEC projects.


  • Purchase and distribution of the commission’s vehicles as well as auctioning of unserviceable vehicle in the commission.
  • Transportation of NMEC teaching and learning materials
  • Projecting for vehicle that promotes mobility of labours and capital in the commission.
  • Transportation of equipment and furniture.


  • Tenancy renewal and new lease of properties
  • Valuation of properties for acquisition, disposal/allocation
  • Office allocation
  • Utility services (Telephone, PABX ,Electricity Bills e.t.c)
  • Purchase of quipment,stationeries and store management
  • Insurance services

Department of Planning, Research and Statistics

The Planning, Research and Statistics Department is one of the core departments of the commssion. It is headed by a Director, has three functional divisions as follows:

  • Planning Division,
  • Research and Documentation Division
  • Statistics and Information Management Division.

It has the following functions:

  • To develop in collaboration with the finance department, an annual work plan and accompanying proposed budget based on the goal and objectives of the Commission
  • To draw up projects aimed at fulfilling short and long-term literacy and adult education improvement strategies
  • To develop strategic plan of action for adult and Non-formal education including mass literacy
  • Gathering, collating and processing of data on mass literacy, adult and non-formal education in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Department
  • To establish and maintain a reliable statistical database on Non-formal education sub-sector in Nigeria. 
  • To Design and carry out basic and action researches in literacy, adult and non-formal education, especially on issues that relates directly to the mandate of the Commission
  • To disseminate research findings and facilitate information sharing within and outside the Commission and more importantly among critical stakeholders.
  • To organize workshops on Research Methods for staff of the Commission, State Agencies and NGOs
  • To organize Seminars, Workshops and Conferences for and on behalf of the Commission
  • Publish Academic Journals and books on Adult Education including Mass Literacy for the Commission

Department of Literacy and Development

This department is headed by a Director of Literacy and The Department consists of three Divisions:

  • Basic and Post Literacy Division
  • Women Education Division

Its main functions include to:

  • Initiate and implement strategies in collaboration with the Network, Partnership and Mobilization Department that will enhance increased participation in the mass literacy campaign and delivery through adequate mobilization of providers and receivers of literacy
  • Organizing and coordinating the implementation of pilot/intervention literacy and other adult education projects provided by the Commission in different parts of the country
  • Lead the process of developing relevant curriculum to serve the needs of specific populations such as out-of-school boys, the girl child, the almajiris, vulnerable adolescents, prison inmates, people who are physically challenged, People Living with HIV and Aids (PLHA), and displaced people, so that adult and out-of-school youth learners can meet their specific learning needs congruent with their age and gender needs

Department of Network, Partnership and Mobilization

The department plays a key role in the quest of the commission to achieve its mandate. It serves as a link between the commission and the outside world. The department which is headed by a director has three functional divisions:

  • Networking Division
  • Partnership Division
  • Mobilization Division

and its functions include:

  • Design and coordinate regular nationwide awareness raising efforts to sensitize the citizenry about the importance of literacy and non-formal education
  • Promotion of effective public involvement and mobilization for active participation in literacy and adult education through regular sensitization workshop and the effective use of the media channels.
  • Organizing all relevant ceremonies in collaboration with the Literacy and Development Department such as the International Literacy Day Ceremony aimed at promoting mobilization for literacy and adult education


This is one of the newly created department in the has the mandate to coordinate and implement all special interventions to address the challenges of out of school children/adult in the country, special and inclusive education and community development.

The department in the bid to achieve its goals works with relevant stakeholders such as NGOs, FBOs, International Development Partners, Donor Agencies etc. to facilitate mass literacy delivery and promote non-formal education in the country.





2.     Identifying and embarking on Community Self-Help Programmes/Projects eg. Tsangaya, Integrated Quranic etc.

3.     Address inclusive Educational Programmes, examples Correctional Centres Education, the Physically Challenged, Vulnerable Groups, IDPs etc.

4.     Mainstreaming of our Clienteles/Learners into the formal education sector.

6.     Reaching out to migrant and mobile communities to avail them with adult and non-formal education learning opportunities in their host communities.

7.     Ensuring that mechanisms are put in place to enable Almajiris (Integrated Quranic and Tsangara Education), Child Labourers and Artisans (Apprentices) have access to Basic Education.

Department of Monitoring, Evaluation and Accreditation

Monitoring and evaluating the non-formal education system is needed to achieve the system’s goals and objectives. Rational decision-making is so important in the management and planning of adult education. This function requires the availability of reliable and objective information (which monitoring makes possible) on the way the policies and programmes are being implemented, to understand the successes recorded and to detect possible pitfalls and obstacles, and consequently rectify and reorient strategies. Therefore, an NFE monitoring and evaluation system will provide essential data for decision making, enable the Commission to support programmes and curriculum, and enable reporting to the government and other supporters of literacy and non-formal education on the learning outcomes of the system for its graduates. The Department shall comprise of at least two Divisions:

  • Monitoring Division
  • Evaluation Division
  • Accreditation Division

This Department will remain as it is under a Director and its main functions will include:

  • Monitoring of all programmes out by the commission. 
  • To monitor mass literacy activities in the country through the Zonal and State Offices of the Commission.
  • Developing specific indicators for monitoring non-formal education learners and programme progress

Department of Finance and Accounts

it is a support service provider in the commission,it is headed by a Director and comprises two Divisions:

  • Accounts Division
  • Finance Division.