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WAEC appoints new head of Nigeria national office


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has appointed Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan as the new Head of its National Office (WAEC) Nigeria.

He assumed office as the Head of the Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), on Thursday, March 5, 2020; having taken over from Mr. Olutise Isaac Adenipekun who retired from the services of the Council on the same date.

Mr. Areghan who hails from Egbele, Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State, attended Egbele Primary School Uromi, Edo State from 1968 to 1973; Esan Grammar School, Uromi from 1973 to 1978.

He graduated from the prestigious University of Benin in 1983 summa cum laude with a B. Sc. (Hons) Degree in Political Science. He also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Benin in 1989. In addition, he holds a Masters Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). He is a Fellow of the Corporate Governance Professionals of Nigeria (FCGP).

He joined the services of The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in October, 1989 as an Assistant Registrar II. He rose through the ranks to become Senior Deputy Registrar in April, 2018. Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan, has undertaken many other responsibilities in different capacities for the Council. Between 1989 and date, he has traversed the nooks and crannies of the country, serving in various examination and administrative capacities.

He was Senior Deputy Registrar, Test Administration (January, 2019-March 5, 2020); Ag. Director of Administration and later, Director of Administration, (February 2016 – January 2019); Zonal Coordinator, Abuja Zonal Office​ (August, 2014 – February 2016).

He also served the Council as ​Zonal Coordinator, Port Harcourt Zonal Office​ (March, 2013 – August, 2014); Branch Controller, Kano Branch Office (October, 2009 – March 2013); Head of Examinations and Deputy to the Zonal Coordinator, Ibadan Zonal Office​ (January, 2009 – October, 2009); Head of Examinations Security and Deputy to the Branch Controller, Lokoja Branch Office​ (January, 2005 – January, 2009); Head of Examinations Security and Deputy to the Branch Controller, Uyo Branch Office (September, 1994-January, 2005​); Head of Examinations Security and pioneer staff, Awka Branch Office (July, 1994 – September, 1994);

The proud Uniben Alumni was Head of Examinations Security, Abuja Branch Office​ from June 1990 to July 1994 and later Assistant Registrar/Subject Officer, Test Development Division, WAEC, Ogba, Lagos (October, 1989-June, 1990).

He has also attended many training courses and conferences within and outside Nigeria even as he has presented several papers at some of those conferences as well as at other fora. Until his appointment as Head of National Office, he was the Head of Test Administration Division, WAEC, Nigeria. Mr. Areghan is a Christian.

He is married and blessed with children.

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