Gambia’s Pateh Bah Becomes WAEC New Registrar

he West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has appointed Mr Pateh Bah as its new Registrar/Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The examination body disclosed this in a statement on Thursday by its Director of Public Affairs, Mr Abiodun Aduloju.

According to the statement, the appointment was ratified by the International Governing Board of WAEC at its 67th Annual Meeting held in Freetown, Sierra Leone in March 2019.

Bah from the Gambia succeeds Dr Iyi Uwadiae from Nigeria and is appointed for a five-year tenure from October 2019 to September 2024.

He is a graduate of Pune University, Maharashtra in India from where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1997.

The new WAEC boss also holds various postgraduate and professional qualifications from other institutions in India and the United Kingdom.

He worked briefly with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Banjul, The Gambia from 1990 to 1991 before he joined the service of WAEC at the Gambia National Office on October 9, 1991.

In 2002, Bah was appointed as Personal Assistant to the Registrar/CEO after which he relocated to the Council’s headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

While at the Headquarters, he rose to the position of Principal Assistant Registrar on April 1, 2010, and successfully served as Personal Assistant to two successive Registrars.

Based on a special request by the Board of Directors of the Gambia Office of WAEC – The Gambia Administrative and Finance Committee – Bah was deployed in June 2010 to temporarily take charge of the Gambia National Office when its headship fell vacant.

He was later made the acting Head of National Office for a two-year term from September 2010 to August 2012 and at the expiration of the period, he was appointed the substantive Head of the Office with effect from October 12, 2012, a position he held until he assumed office as the 13th Registrar to Council on October 1, 2019.

He was a member of the Governing Boards of the Gambia Technical Training Institute and the Gambia National Accreditation & Quality Assurance Authority.

Bah also served as Chairman, Audit Committee of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) and the present Treasurer of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA), as well as a member representing Africa on the Board of Trustees of the IAEA.

Okowa Rewards 12 Teachers With Cash, Cars

As the World celebrated this year’s World Teachers’ Day on Saturday,October 5, 2019, 12 teachers in Delta received cars and cash rewards for outstanding performance in their duties.

The state governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, announced the rewards at a Dinner and Awards night organised by Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in conjunction with Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) for teachers in the state.

Recipients of the awards were principals, head teachers and classroom teachers at primary and secondary school levels, who emerged from a selection process.

Okowa charged teachers not to only teach but develop the attitude and moral traits of  their pupils.

“I want to congratulate the awardees and to let them know that the reward of teachers is not only in heaven.

“This type of recognition will touch the hearts of our teachers and make them to work harder in the development of our children.

“The teachers, just like parents, play an important role in the development and upbringing of the child.

“We need to continue to give care to our children and guide them aright because it is at this foundational level that we can mould their character.

“We need to get the moral development of the children aright at this level, so that it will be well with our nation.” he said.

The governor urged the awardees to redouble their commitment to the upbringing of the pupils, reminding them that “teaching is a passion that genuinely flows from the heart”.

He commended Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for organising the event and NUT for its tremendous support and partnership in improving the education sector in the state.

Earlier, Mr Patrick Ukah, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, had in his speech, said that the awardees were selected from a process that involved over 49,000 teachers and students in 470 public secondary schools and 1,126 primary schools in the state.

He congratulated the awardees and said that the assessment was done and vetted by a team of academics drawn from various tertiary institutions in the country.

The awardees are Messrs Asanuvwe Elizabeth, Owumi Onome, Omotie Phoebe (Best Primary School Teachers); Oyemike  Andrew, Ogwara Gabriel, Esiedafe Doris (Best Head Teacher); Imarah Georgina, Eseimokumoh Charles, Ikeh Bridget ( Best Secondary school Teacher); and Ominiabohs Adeline, Adiri Jonathan, Okolafor Fidelis (Best Principal).

Private School Owners Back DTSG’s Drive To Shut Down Illegal Schools

The Chairman of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Delta State Chapter, Deacon Monday Ifoghere, has said the Commissioner for Basic Education, Delta State, Mr. Patrick Ukah, was quoted out of context by journalists, adding that the association supports the intended cleanup of private school business by the Delta State Government.

Ifoghere said this while responding to questions during an exclusive chat with newsmen .

Some online media platforms had reported that the Delta State Government was opposed to registration of new private schools in the state.

The Chairman said: “What the Commissioner said was that those schools that were given provisional approval and over the years have not been able to improve on their facilities would be shut down and that henceforth no provisional approval will be given to any school.”

According to him, this policy statement was an offshoot of their cries to him to do something about Illegal schools in the state.

He said: “We pay tax, levies and whenever the government wants anything they come to us, but at the end of the day, illegal school owners do nothing but just make profits.

“Let’s assume that we have 5000 schools in Delta State, more than 3000 are not approved. In a community where there are five approved schools, you have about 20 not approved that we can call illegal schools and these ones are making life miserable for the ones approved.

“What the commissioner actually said was in response to our cry to him for help to curb the trend of running illegal schools in the state. Private school owners also suffer multiple taxation. We have different government agencies coming to us to either pay for tenement rate or fire service or monies for Board of Internal revenue. Even now, the Ministry of Women Affairs is trying to claim ownership of Nursery schools so we can also pay money to them. They want to frustrate private school owners.”

He added: “According to the commissioner, a new school that is starting has just two years to get approved; and that the government will no longer allow a school to pick up a registration form, do nothing and start operating for as long as 10 years as an illegal school without approval.

“The Commissioner told us that he is working with the Directorate of Inspectorate to work out the modalities to see that all schools that have not followed the approval process steadily to a logical conclusion within the next few months will be asked to shut down and never open again.

“He did not say that new private schools will not be opened in Delta State again. He was quoted out of context. All he said was that illegal schools that are not doing anything about getting approved will be asked to stop operation.”

Schools he said could be shut include those in uncompleted buildings or a rented house, as he advised all school proprietors to work to move to their permanent site.

Speaking further, he said that those in dilapidated buildings are to put their structures in order to make it safe and healthier for pupils and students, adding that school owners must endeavour to employ qualified teachers and use the right curriculum to also avoid been shut down.

Continuing, he said some school owners have ramshackle structures and though have licenses they do not have pupils and students but only wait for examination period and have become only mere examination centres.

He urged such schools to wake up or wind down, noting that “if those with provisional approval are finding it difficult to exist then the ones that have not even been approved at all but have been in existence have a very slim chance to escape the wrath of the state government.”

Ifoghere continued: “In our meetings now we will tell our members the truth so they can be quick about coming up to standard, he stressed.

“For those that at least can meet up to the basic requirements, but cannot meet all of them, when we see their efforts, we will know what to do.”

He however opined that NAPPS as an association has majority of her members that are duly registered and approved.

By Ukah Augustine

Hon. Patrick Ukah Set up committees to resolve Education challenges in Delta State.

Principals and School Heads of public schools in Delta State have been charged to set up school based management
committees so as to tackle the various challenges that are being encountered in their schools.

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, gave the charge when he monitored resumption of schools and also the level of compliance of the welcome back test for students in Delta Central and South Senatorial Districts of the state.


Chief Ukah said the essence of setting up the school based management committee is to bring together all stakeholders in the various communities where the schools are located to brainstorm on issues that affect the smooth running of the schools in their localities, and called on them to immediately set up the school based management committees in their respective schools.


At Government College, Ughelli, the commissioner commended the old students of the school for their contribmutions in developing the school, while reteirating the need for old students associations to become stakeholders in the schools they graduated from as this would go a long way in supporting the schools.m
The commissioner also visited Hussey College, Nana Model College,

Delta Secondary School, Nana Primary School all in Warri and expressed his satisfaction to the response while stating that the welcome back test for the students would be sustained as it had eliminated the apathy of students towards resumption.
He commended the Principals and School Heads of the various schools visited and assured them of the ministry’s support at all times.


Chief Ukah equally inspected ongoing construction works at Emore Secondary School, Oleh, Otu-jeremi Model  School, Otu-jeremi, and Army Day Secondary School, Effurun, where he called on the contractors handling the projects to speed up work so that the schools could be put to use in good time.

By Ukah Augustine.

INVESTING IN OUR PEOPLE IS ONE OF THE CARDINAL OBJECTIVE OF THE ECONOMY.

Mrs Ifeoma Anagbogu. permanent secretary FMWA has change participants at
the closing ceremony of FMWA/UNIDO HP-Life capacity building for women
entrepreneurs, held at Abuja, 5/July, 2019.

Mrs Ifeoma Anagbogu. FMWA, said the learning initiative for entrepreneurs,
otherwise know as HP-LIFE come into existence following a trust fund
agreement signed between Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social
Development and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) to build capacity and equip Nigeria Women and girls with practical
entrepreneurship and information technology skill for enterprise creation.

Ifeoma make is know that, investing in our people is one of the cardinal
objective of the economy recovery and growth plan. (ERGP) this was
strategically designed to mitigate poverty and reduced inequalities through
enterprise creation.

HP-Life is contributing tremendously to achieving some of the (ERGP) and
SDGs strategic objective as indicated in goals 2 and 5 respectively.

However, FMWASD as a social development is collaborating with several or
the national and international agencies to ensure adequate social economic
security for Nigeria women and other vulnerable group.

The ministry is in partnership with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to
implement the national financial inclusion strategy NFIS across the
federation to enhance women access to affordable financial product and
services.

As part of the mandate to empower women for self -reliance are economic
sustainability, the ministry initiate micro credit scheme in Partnership
with the Bank of Industry to implement business Development fund for women
(BUDFOW)

The ministry is also in collaboration with World Bank Group in implementing
the Nigeria women project to empower and scale up women activities in small
and medium scale business in Nigeria.

Mr Francis Ukor, National Coordinator UNIDO HP-Life also said that, the
program that UNIDO has implementing in collaboration with Federal
government to train women on how to mange their business effectively.

He said that women should use this opportunity to develop their self
because women are not given opportunity when it come to skill.

+He also encouraged that if opportunity are given to women in skill it we
help them to manage their business well.

WAEC Says they will not issue certificates twice

The West African Examinations Council on Sunday advised people in possession of its certificates to guard them well, saying it will not re-issue on account of misplacement, fire, flood or theft. The council’s Head of National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Adenipekun said the advice was necessary as lots of people have been approaching the council at various times for a re-issue of the lost certificates. “Let me make it clear that in the real sense of it, our certificates are issued only once, irrespective of who is involved or the circumstance that led to the misplacement, and that remains the truth of the matter.

We do not issue our West African Senior School Certificates Examinations twice. “But, if we have such cases of theft, fire, flood and others, as it concerns these certificates, yes, in reaction to our operational environment, we can consider the issuance of an ‘attestation certificate. “About five years ago, the council, that is, the highest governing body met and took a decision on this, stressing that there is no test body that issues two of its certificates to a single candidate in one examination.

“But, if a candidate should experience such losses through fire, flood or theft and can provide all the necessary proofs required to that effect, that will show such things actually happened to his or her certificate, there are certain steps such candidates are expected to take before approaching the council for further action,” he said.

The WAEC chief explained that after all such processes had been satisfactorily concluded then, the council would consider the issuance of “Attestation Certificate”. “It is this certificate that we give out, and not re-issuance of another certificate.

“This is what we have been doing for the past five years now. “We have many Nigerians who have benefitted from this, because it is like a replacement of the real certificate. “These people who have benefitted from this come from all the stratum of the society,” Adenipekun said. According to him, in an effort to reduce the incidence of certificates loss and protection, the council in Nigeria, four years ago introduced what it called certificate cover.

He explained that one of the ways candidates or perons get their certificates destroyed was majorly in an attempt to laminate them. “It has been discovered that quite a large number of people rush off to business centres immediately after collecting their WASSCE certificates, and in an attempt to get them laminated, they are destroyed in the process,” he said.

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Aisha Buhari, intend to establish Muhammadu Buhari University

First Lady Aisha Buhari has expressed her plan to establish a private university to be known as “Muhammadu Buhari University”.

Aisha Buhari made this known at a town hall meeting in Yola, organised by her in collaboration with Concerned Indigenes of Adamawa. According to the first lady, the university will be established in collaboration with partners from Sudan and Qatar.

She said at the meeting, “I cannot conclude without suggesting how we can complement the efforts of government in achieving some of its developmental goals.

“On this note, I would like to advocate for the establishment of Adamawa Development Trust Fund through which prioritised developmental projects can be financed and implemented”

It is not yet known where the university will be located.

Forces behind unending ASUU strike revealed

Forces behind the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has now been revealed.

Recall that ASUU had commenced its current strike on November 4, 2018 and there seem to be no resolutions as the Federal Government was yet to meet the body’s demands.

Junaid Mohammed, Second Republic lawmaker revealed this in a conversation with DAILY POST.

Mohammed stated that the high salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly and State House of Assemblies will continue to cause “unrest” in ASUU and other labour bodies in the country.

According to Mohammed:

“If you look at this ASUU people, they had more strike under Obasanjo and others than Buhari but I think the average Nigerian students are sick and fed up with ASUU, I don’t believe about anybody in ASUU.

“The whole problem we have in ASUU and the Labour-union generally has to do with the irresponsible rascals who are elected into office, especially in the National Assembly and state Houses of Assemblies because clearly, these people don’t worth their remuneration, they offer no services and most of them are absentee members, most of them are irredeemable quacks.

“Let me tell you, the average legislature in Nigeria today has certificate from the United States, several numbers of cars, now what the hell are they doing with these. They do whatever they like under the claim of constituency all allowances.
“I think the characters around Buhari like Abba Kyari, Mamman Daura, Babagana Kingibe who make up the cabal have not been bold to tell him to put his foot down and say no to some of this nonsense.

“Now if a leader is confident of its legitimacy, it should be able to say no when other arms of government come making demands, not in the national interest. As long as he continues to give members of the National Assembly house rent and insane salaries, there will continue to be unrest in the Nigerian Labour union because we are not doing the correct thing both morally and otherwise.”

Breaking: Details of FG and ASUU’s crucial meeting

Both the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have failed to arrive at a common ground on improved funding for universities in the country.

This is the outcome of a crucial meeting between both parties today.

The meeting which was reported to have begun at about 5:30 pm, was convened at the instance of the government through its representative and Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu,to find a way in resolving the protracted issue that has resulted in the ongoing strike by the varsity teachers.

The ASUU team to the meeting was led by its President, Biodun Ogunbiyi while the Minister of Education and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, were the only ones on the government side.

Before the commencement of the meeting which had eight members from the side of the university teachers,Mallam Adamu announced that the meeting was only between the ASUU delegation and himself, asking all others present to excuse them pending the time they round off.

Govt. introduces new education policy `Every Child Counts

The Federal Government introduced new education policy known as `Every Child Counts, to encourage children enrolment in schools.

A statement issued on Wednesday by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, quoted Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as saying this in Lagos.

Osinbajo spoke at the 60Anniversary of Grange School, Lagos, on Tuesday.

According to the vice president, Nigeria is Africas most populous country; and like the rest of the continent, it is a nation of young people as half of its population is below the age of 20.

He said that Nigeria would be the third most populous country in the world by 2050 and would have a large youth population that could be a tremendous blessing for economic growth and prosperity.

Osinbajo, however, said that the population could also be a problem especially ifNigeria did not plan well and in advance as extreme poverty further complicated the problem for a country like Nigeria.

He said there was need to increase school enrolment which had increased in many cases by over 30 per cent in the last 2 years, largely on account of our school feeding programme.

Osinbajo said that to eradicate poverty, Nigerias education must equip the young to be productive as the Federal Government was working on far-reaching skills-basedcurriculum on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

This is the curriculum for primary and secondary schools.

The core skills the programme will provide include: (1) Coding and Computer Programming; (2) Design Thinking and Computer Generated Imaging, Animation and Graphics Design; (3) Robotics, Networking and basic engineering applications.

We have a programme called the N-Power programme and about 3,000 of them are currently being trained in animation skills and techniques and we found that people take so easily to learn some of these things.

In fact, the younger people are, the easier it is for them to learn all of these technology skills.

So, we think that to develop the kinds of young people who will be able to take on the kind of challenges of the 21stcentury and get the kind of work that the 21stcentury is producing already, we simply have to change the way we teach and what we teach.

He said the Federal Government was working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Oracle Academy, Microsoft Cisco Academy and IBM.

According to him, they are working with the Federal Government in developing the curriculum alongside, the Federal Ministry of Education and the respective states.

The vice president said that the immediate plan was to reach, with this sort of education, at least 2 million pupils in the first year.

The plan also envisions a new classroom structure that permits the cultivation, expression and early adoption of skills that will function in the environment that is already being created the technology environment that is already being created.

The next question we asked is, for whom do we plan? The answer is quite straightforward it is the Nigerian child.

Not just the ones in the urban areas or the few that are privileged to afford decent schooling above the weakened standards of public schooling generally.

The real slogan for us is Every Child Counts and that is the name of the policy, which means we have democratized our vision of a qualitative and relevant education to reach every Nigerian child.

Every Child Counts ensures that all children, especially the number reported to be out of school now, and in those areas where children tend to drop out of school much faster, all of them deserve to get a decent education, all of them must be reached by this programme, he said.

Osinbajo said he was proud of the way Grange School had collaborated with his office in some of the important work it was doing at the learning centre in Maiduguri.