Sunday, 24 January 2016

Eighteen-year-old former student of Vaatia College
Makurdi, Benue State, Master Samuel Nder was on
Thursday, November 26, honoured as the best
candidate in the May/June West African Senior
Certificate Examination (WASSCE) taken by over
1.7million candidates nationwide.
At a colourful award ceremony held in Akure, Ondo
state during the 53rd Annual Meeting of Nigera
National Committee (NNC) of West African
Examinations Council (WAEC), master Nder and two
other candidates were rewarded for their
performance in the May/June 2014 WASSCE.
Aside Nder who obtained 9A1s in the school exam
to emerged the best candidate, 18-year-old, Miss
Onyinye Oguejiofor formerly of Marist
Comprehensive College, Nteje, Anambra state
placed second with 9A1s while 17-year-old Master
Oluwatobi Raji formerly of St Francis Catholic
Secondary School Idimu, Lagos, recorded 9A1s in
the WASSCE.
In the May/June 2014 WASSCE, with exam number
4081345036 Master Nder recorded A1 in Economic,
Geography, English Language, Further Mathematics,
Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics with
total T-score of 659.4325 while Miss Ogueijiofor’s
T-score was 648.5706 and Master Raji had T-
score 640.2125.
Currently, the best candidate is studying Software
Engineering at Saint Peterburg’s Electro-Technical
University in Russia, Miss Onyinye is studying
Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nigeria,
Nsukka and Master Raji is studying Petroleum
Engineering at the University of Lagos.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Governot of Ondo
State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, said as a
demonstration of the state’s avowed commitment to
nation building through the apparatus of educational
development.
His words: ‘’we have always welcomed with
passion any educational programme that the state
is privileged to host. Our passion is always borne
out of the convictions that, no nation can ever rise
above the quality of her education. This is because
education is the vital organ and the very pivot
around which all national life resolves.’’
Mimiko who was represented by the Deputy
Governor, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Oluboyo, commended
WAEC for its unrelenting efforts in conducting
standard examinations and producing credible
results over the years.
The governor congratulated the three best schools
in the state that were honoured by the council for
their candidates performance in the May/June 2014
WASSCE and appreciated WAEC for it investment in
the future of the children.
The chairman of WAEC NNC, Mrs. Anne Okonkwo
said the awards are aimed at encouraging the youth
to strive for excellence in their academic pursuits
noting ‘’it is my hope that some of the youth who
are here today to witness this ceremony, will be
challenged by these Awards to work harder in order
to win similar laurels in future.’’
She also disclosed that NNC would present books to
the three best schools in the May/June 2014
WASSCE from Ondo State stressing that it was in
accordance with the decision of the Nigeria Sub-
Board of the WAEC Endowment Fund Board of
Trustees at its 4th meeting held in November, 2012.
Mrs Okonkwo use the opportunity laud the federal
and other state governments for their support to the
council over the years even as she thanked
Governor Mimko for his investment in education
and the performance of schools in the state in
WASSCE.
The Head of National Office (HNO), Mr. Charles
Eguridu, disclosed that the NNC ensures that the
policies of the council in Nigeria are decided in the
best public interest, and appropriate decisions are
taken at all times, for the smooth conduct of the
WAEC’s operations.
Eguridu appreciated the support and understanding
which the state government has continued to give to
the council in its efforts to improve service delivery
to numerous stakeholders in the state and Nigeria
as a whole.
At the event, 40 WAEC staff were given long service
award for their 20 years meritoriously service in
various capacities while Governor Mimiko
described the awardees as worthy ambassadors of
the council and wished them more years of
productive service to the council and the nation at
large.

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