Director-General/Chief Executive

Meet Dr Kabir Kabo Usman
The Director General and Chief Executive of International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education, ICICE, Plot 289, IBB Boulevard, Wuse II, Abuja, Nigeria.
A Humble Background:
Kabir Kabo Usman was born on the 7th day of March, 1957 in the ancient town of Kabo about 45 kilometres northwest of Kano City, Kano State in Nigeria. He attended Kabo Central Primary School from 1964 to 1970 and proceeded to Government Secondary School Dambatta, Kano State in 1971 for his GCE/O-Level and passed out in 1975. Kabir Usman was a First year “Advanced Level” Student of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at Federal School of Arts and Science, Sokoto, from 1975 to 1976 before gaining admission to Bayero University Kano in 1977 and read Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics where he passed out in 1981 with a B.Sc Honors Degree in Chemistry.

The quest for more knowledge took Kabir Kabo Usman to Manchester University in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1983 to 1984 where he obtained a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Chemical Technology (Petroleum Chemistry and Hydrocarbon). From 1984 to 1988 he was at the same University and had a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemistry. Dr Kabir Usman also attended Huddersfield University (UK) from 1994 to 1996 and was awarded a Certificate of Education and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Teaching Qualifications)

In 1995 he attended a course on “Training and Development Lead Body (TDLB): Qualified Assessment on Monitoring and Evaluation” at Manchester College of Arts and Technology (UK) and participated at Harvard University USA Leadership Programme in October 2012.

The desire to contribute to the educational development of his community and mankind in general motivated Kabir Usman to take to teaching during his National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) scheme from 1981 to 1982 at Kano State College of Advanced Studies, Kano, where he taught Mathematics & Chemistry. He was employed as a Lecturer and later appointed as the Head of Department (Chemistry) at Gumel Advanced Teachers College (now in Jigawa State) where he worked from 1982 to 1983.

While in the United Kingdom, he was a Lecturer at three educational institutions from 1986 to 1990 and was a Post Doctoral Research fellow at University of Manchester from 1988 to 1992. Dr Kabir Usman was Head of Department from 1998 to 2001, Director of Curriculum from 2001 to 2002 and served as Assistant Principal at Manchester College of Arts and Technology (now called the Manchester College) from 2002 to 2008. The College had over 60,000 students and an annual income of over 200 million pounds.

Dr Kabir Kabo Usman responded to his home country’s clamor for an end to the brain drain syndrome and came back in 2008 when he was appointed the Technical Adviser to the National Authorising Officer (Minister of National Planning and Deputy Chairman for National Planning Commission) on Social Sector Strategy Coordination of National Vision 20:2020 and the Seven Point Agenda. Dr Kabir Usman was also a Consultant to the European Union (EU) on strategy and policy coordination involving Vision 20:2020 and the National M&E Framework from 2009 to 2010.

As the Technical Adviser to The Minister of Education, Dr Kabir Usman Provided advice and guidance on policy matters, plans and implementation, Worked with executive secretaries of the 19 parastatals in the ministry, Provided training to Director Generals and Executive Secretaries of 5 parastatals, Wrote speeches and presentations for the Minister, Led the team and initiated the production of the education road map and helped negotiated and averted a planned strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in 2008.

He also participated in the National Council on Education meetings, Represented the Minister on various Ministerial Committees, Provided contacts for collaboration and partnership on quality education by linking up with International Organizations such as UNDP and UNESCO, Advised the Minister of National Planning Commission on policy plan and direction on Skills for Life to enable the country achieve the set targets of Universal Basic Education (UBE) and that of EFA and advised the Minister on Vocational and Technical skills development as a means of stimulating economic development, combating crime and providing employment.

From January 2010 to January 2018 Dr Kabir Kabo Usman was the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Centre for Management Development (CMD) – a Federal Government Parastatal under the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
In February 2018, he assumed duty as the Director General and Chief Executive of International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education (ICICE), Wuse II, Abuja.
Dr Kabir Usman also held several ad hoc positions and worked at other non statutory organisations. He was a Teacher, Manager and Research Fellow at Manchester University in Petroleum Chemistry; Director, Parent Governor, Board Member of Capital Science Academy, Abuja and Queen Science Academy, Kano Nigeria; Established Capital Science Academy and Queens Science Academy as an International Consultant; Established Capital College Abuja, as an International Consultant for educational institutions; Advised Education Ministers e.g. Bill Rammell on Strategy for Higher Education on high level skills in the UK and a Consultant on Education Training and Human Capital Development, via a consultancy company – KMS Consultants Ltd.
He was a Member of National Technical Working Group (NTWG) on Education at National Planning Commission (NPC); Consultant for British Council in Nigeria and UKCOSA in the UK; was responsible for the Energy and Social Sectors at National Planning Commission, working actively on repositioning of the Energy sector; Chair of the Human Capital Development for the review of first National Implementation Plan (NV20: 2020) and was a member, National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP), M&E and Plan Delivery sub-committee.
Membership of Associations and Professional Development Bodies:
Dr Kabir Usman was a member of Association of College Managers – UK; Royal Society of Chemistry – UK and participated at the Annual Forum Conference against corruption in Africa at Nairobi, Kenya from 28th – 31st October 2014, Leadership in Development in 2012 at Harvard University USA and attended the Certification and Accreditation of Training Institution and Trainers at Baltimore USA in July 2012, theconference on China EXPO at Shanghai China in August 2010, a training on Supply Chain and Logistics Management at Beijing China in June 2010, Certificate in Management Training at CMD- April 2010 on Train-The-Trainers Programme – MANDEV, Certificate – OPEC certified training workshops on Oil & Gas 2009- Vienna Austria and Certificate – Leadership training programme in New York and Washington DC USA- July 2008 and 2009.

Awards and Commendations:
o 2012: Icon of Education Award by Education Times Magazine, Lagos.
o 2012: Awarded Fellow of Chattered Institute of Administration FCIA.
o 2012: Call to the Hall of Fame by the African Business School (ABS), Abuja.
o 2011: Awarded Fellow of the African Business School, (ABS), Abuja.
o 2011: Commendation by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for an Excellent Lecture Delivery on Project/ Programme Management.
o 2008 Commendation for Outstanding performance by the former Minister of Education and the Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry (Dr Aja Nwachuku and Dr Sani Sufi).
o 2008: Commendation for Outstanding contribution to education in Manchester commended by the former Secretary of Education of the U.K Alan Johnson for performance at Cheetham Hill in Manchester.
o 2007: Commendation for Community Service by the Lord Mayor of Manchester Afzal Khan for outstanding contribution to the Manchester Community.
o 2000: Commendation for high level performance and was appointed to serve on a common purpose training as a promising manager in the UK by the Principal and Deputy Principal of MANCAT.

Aptly described by a Nigerian national Newspaper as a “World Class Leader, Manager, Educator, Motivator, Visionary and Master Trainer” Dr Kabir Kabo Usman assessed himself and wrote the following statement: “ I am hard working, flexible, self motivated, transparent and can quickly adapt to diverse environments. I am fully capable of working as an individual or as part of a team and with my high level of determination and commitment; I can make a difference as dedicated and resourceful person with high degree of capacity, capability and competence. I am focused, dogged, analytical, and evaluative and can perform under pressure to carry out mandates to a successful conclusion ensuring achievement of goals and targets. People’s skills exhibited by my emotional intelligence are critical success factor for achievement of desired results. I was the Amir of Nigerian Muslim Forum (UK and Ireland) for five years after being a life member of Nigeria’s Muslim Students Society since childhood”.

“I have been working in the education sector since 1981. I taught in Schools, Colleges and Universities. I managed human resources as an experienced Manager in the sector. I am involved with policy analysis, generation, evaluating, policy making scenarios, design and implementation and assessment as well as redesigning”.

“I developed access programmes (Foundation year- pre degree programmes for mature Students) in the UK, Vocational Training for the National Health Service Staff (NHS), and the third largest employer in the world. I developed Foundation degree programme using on-line learning concept and Manchester Academy model in the United Kingdom. I have also facilitated, delivered and coordinated trainings for teachers, students, employers from public and private sectors in Virginia Paul D. Camp Community College, USA, Dubai, UK, Gambia and Nigeria”.