BY DAYO ADESULU
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has appointed Mr Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan as the new Head of National Office (HNO), Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a release by the Council early hours of Tuesday.
He took over from Mr Olutise Isaac Adenipekun who meritoriously and ceremonially retired from the services of the Council on March 5, 2020.
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.
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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, thus:
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); 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); Head of Examinations Security, Abuja Branch Office (June 1990–July 1994); 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 and has presented several papers at some of those conferences as well as at other fora.
He assumed office as the Head of the Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Until his appointment as Head of National Office, he was the Head of Test Administration Division, WAEC, Nigeria. Mr Areghan is a Christian and is married with children.