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WAEC seeks retirees’ support in fighting exam malpractice, others



The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has urged retired members to continue to partner with it in sharing knowledge and experience, as well as in the fight against examination malpractice.

Head of National Office (HNO), Mr Patrick Areghan gave the charge in an interview  on Tuesday.

He spoke on the sidelines of the investiture of the new Board of Trustees of the WAEC Nigeria Pensioners Welfare Association, in Lagos.

The occasion also saw the inauguration of 16 new members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the association.

According to Areghan, who was the chairman at the event, the retirees remain an integral part of the council in driving and achieving its goals, irrespective of their disengagement from active service.

He said that their wealth of experience must be ploughed back into the council, no matter where they may be, in a bid to ensure that it remains a force to be reckoned with in the country’s education system.

The national office head urged the retirees to always ensure that they find time to go to schools closest to them and monitor council’s examination, as part of ways to check malpractice.

“I want to say I feel happy seeing our retired daddies and mummies who have served this council meritoriously in their active days.

“They had all given their best in the service of the Nigerian child. Now they have decided to form a more robust association to advance the cause of this organisation in a way, and also to take care of themselves.

“Having said this, I want to urge them to continue to join hands with the council in the fight against examination malpractice, which has been one of our great challenges.

“Their wealth of experience matters a lot to us and we do not take that for granted. We want them to always remember the need to ensure that the integrity of this examination body is never compromised,” he said.

Areghan said the council would always rely on them for advice on ways of getting greater achievements.

“We will like to see a situation whereby they can walk into any nearby school during our examinations, whether the school examination or any other one, and check out what is happening there.

“They should see it as a point of duty to go out round the various centres and carry out inspection or monitoring.

“Doing this will also mean that they are contributing to the development of the nation by way of tackling examination malpractice,” the WAEC boss said.

He said that praying for the success of the council and its staff was also one of such critical contributions expected from the retirees.

According to him, prayers, just like any other valuable element, from not just the retirees, is key in all human endeavours.

He urged them to continue to remain steadfast in prayers, describing this as the greatest gift anyone could give to another.

“We want them too to continue to pray for us, which we know they do, giving us pieces of advice on how to do it and even do it better.

“They should bequeath that experience, that knowledge to the younger ones so that they will be able to do better and even surpass their own achievements.

“So, having said all these, I want to say I am indeed very happy that I am part of this history making ceremony because anybody that is serving an organisation looks forward to retirement some day.

“WAEC being one of the best places to work, I cannot but be just glad to be among them as the chairman of this occasion.

“Personally, I will be exiting soon and looking forward to joining them too. That is why it is of great importance to me, than how ordinarily it would have been if I was not exiting my position soon.

“I am indeed also happy seeing them and I know they too are, especially having heard of the great things happening here under my watch,” he said.

On his part, a retired Director of the council’s Information and Communication Technology Division (ICTD), Mr Magnus Omoregie lauded the HNO for his lofty contributions to the development of the council.

He also commended him for the care and support shown to members of the association, while assuring him of their readiness in partnering with the council to move it to greater heights.

Giving an overview of the association, Omoregie said that the new dispensation of the WAEC Nigeria Retirees Association started with the setting up of a social media group platform, on June 23, 2020.

He said that it included several retirees of WAEC from Nigeria domiciled in various states across the country and many residing in different countries across the world.

According to Omoregie, who is the outgoing head of the interim management committee of the association, the main objective of the group is to cater for the welfare of its growing membership.

He said this was particularly those who were up to date with their financial membership.

He said that some of the welfare benefits of the financial members at the national level had been spelt out by the revised edition of the association’s constitution.

Omoregie, however, said this may require a review from time to time, for them to be in tandem with economic realities.

“I want to seize this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who have played an instrumental role in our collective success.

“It is through your unwavering commitment, tireless efforts, and unyielding passion that we were able to achieve some significant milestones and solidify our position as a leading gathering of eminent senior citizens of this great organisation, WAEC.

“Our triumphs would not have been possible without the dedication, commitment, creativity, and relentless pursuit of excellence by our team and the general membership of the association,” he said.

He urged the incoming executives to lead by example by demonstrating integrity, transparency and ethical decision-making in all their endeavours.

The high point of the occasion was the investiture of the board of trustees members and the swearing-in of the new executives of the association.

Omoregie, Mr Solomon Bamidele, Mrs Mabel Ojeikere, among others, are members of the board of trustees that were sworn in.

Meanwhile, a total of 16 newly elected national executive committee memembers of the association were also inaugurated.

Among them are Mr Patrick Modebe as President, Mr Yusuf Ari as Vice President, North East and Mr Emmanuel Dogo, Vice President, North West.


Kwara Govt warns against illegal charges for Common Entrance exam



The Kwara State Government has warned principals of Junior Secondary Schools and head teachers of primary schools across the state against illegal charges for the state placement examination (Common Entrance).

Any violator will face the full wrath of the law, the state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, warned on Tuesday in her office in Ilorin.

She emphasized that the common entrance is free and government will not tolerate anyone or group of people extorting money, under any guise, from the pupils because the examination is fully sponsored by the state government.

Hajia Modibbo Kawu urged the principals and head teachers to desist from all acts that could dent the image of the state government.

She also cautioned them against aiding and abetting examination malpractices, stating that the present administration has zero tolerance for examination malpractices.

The commissioner implored the parents and guardians of the pupils to report any principal or head teacher with suspicious acts to her office directly, reiterating that her office is open to everyone.

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UNILORIN appoints 40 new Professors



By Saka Laaro, Ilorin

The University of Ilorin has announced the promotion of 40 of its senior academics to the rank of Professor.

The elevation, which was approved by the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, SAN, was sequel to the recommendations of the University Appointment and Promotion Committee.

A statement from the Office of the Registrar said that the 40 distinguished scholars were found to have excelled in the realms of teaching, research and community service and subsequently promoted to the highest rank obtainable in the academia.

The breakdown of the beneficiaries of the promotion exercise shows that 11 of the new Professors are produced by the Faculty of Agriculture and they are Prof. Sidiqat A. Aderinoye-Abdulwahab, Prof. L. L. Adefalu,Prof. F. O. Takim and Prof. A. A. Badmos.

Others are Prof. Foluke E. Sola-Ojo, Prof. W. A. Jimoh, Prof. M. I. Abubakar, Prof. T. H. Aliyu, Prof. R. O. Uddin II, Prof. T. O. Amusa and Prof. Mutiat A. Balogun.
From the Faculty of Arts are Prof. K. M. U. Gbodofu, Prof. Y. A. Abdullahi, Prof. Abosede R. O. Babatunde, Prof. Bolanle E. Arokoyo, and Prof. P. U. Nwosu while the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences produced Prof. A. S. Alabi, who teaches at the Department of Anatomy.
Two Lecturers from the Faculty of Clinical Sciences were also elevated to the rank of Professor and they are Prof. T. O. Olanrewaju and Prof. O. A. M. Adesiyun.

The Faculty of Communication & Information Science also produced two new Professors through Prof. Tinuke O. Oladele and Prof. Saudat S. Abdulbaqi while those promoted from the Faculty of Education are Prof. O. O. Okoji, Prof. Folakemi O. Adeniyi-Egbeola and Prof. Florence O. Daramola

From the Faculty of Engineering and Technology are Prof. A. T. Ajiboye, Prof. A. Y. Abdulrahman, Prof. M. O. Sumonu, Prof. Rasheedat M. Mahamood and Prof. T. K. Ajiboye.

The Faculty of Law produced one new Professor in the person of Prof. A. C. Onuora-Oguno.
The Faculty of Life Sciences produced four new professors. They are Prof. M. O. Nafiu, Prof. Faoziyat A. Sulaiman, Prof. Risikat Nike Ahmed, and Prof. I. O. Sule.

Those promoted from the Faculty of Management Sciences are Prof. M. A. Ajayi and Prof. Rihanat I. Abdulkadir as the Faculty of Physical Sciences also produced two new professors through Prof. Haleemat I. Adegoke and Prof. O. A. Abidoye.

The promotion of Prof. Monisola A. Tunde of the Department of Geography and Environmental Management was also confirmed while the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine also produced one of the new Professors in the person of Prof. Z. Jaji from the Department of Veterinary Anatomy.

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Student Union election turns deadly: One student flees for life, parents killed in tragic attack 



In the quiet town of Ekiadolor, the College of Education became a battleground as student politics turned deadly. Odunuga Gbenga, a promising student, found himself thrust into the chaos of campus conflict.

It all began innocently enough when Gbenga was nominated as a contestant for the Student Union presidency. Little did he know that this simple act would plunge him into a nightmare.

During the election, tensions ran high as rival factions clashed violently. What was supposed to be a democratic process spiraled into chaos, with reports of killings, rapes, and riots echoing across the school grounds.

In fear for his life, Gbenga fled the campus, seeking refuge in the familiar embrace of his parents’ home in Edo State. But safety eluded him as darkness fell on that fateful night.

Under the cover of midnight, a group of assailants descended upon Gbenga’s home, shattering the peace of the night. In a desperate bid for survival, Gbenga fought bravely, but the odds were against him.

Tragically, Gbenga’s valiant efforts were in vain. Though he managed to escape, his beloved parents were not as fortunate. The attackers, driven by unknown motives, mercilessly took the lives of Mr. Samuel Odunuga and Mrs. Taiwo Odunuga, leaving a family shattered and a community reeling in shock.

Since that harrowing night in 2023, the search for Gbenga has consumed the hearts and minds of his grieving family. Their plea echoes through the pages of this newspaper, a desperate cry for justice and closure in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

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