As the stage is set for the Registrar of Council, West African Examinations Council, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, to bow out of office later this month, he said he was convinced that he was leaving a healthy council.
According to Uwadiae, who assumed office as the 12th Registrar to Council in 2012 for a five-year tenure, and was granted a two-year extension at the expiration of his tenure in September 2017, the council in the last few years, had fought a good fight to eradicate the menace of malpractices in its examinations.
The registrar declared this during a teleconference media interactive session at the WAEC International Office, Lagos.
He said: “We have been working hard to deal with examination malpractice, but the fight has not been that easy in terms of available resources at the disposal of National Offices of the member states to use in fighting the menace.
“The council is fighting a good fight and we have done a good job in deploying mechanisms, leading to the arrest of examination cheaters, impersonators and mercenaries in our examinations, as well as institution of summit with key stakeholders in the sector to proffer lasting solutions to examination malpractice.”
Uwadiae joined WAEC Nigeria in 1985, and was promoted to Deputy Registrar in 2003, and subsequently appointed the Head of Nigeria National Office (HNO) of the Council in 2008 for over four years, before he was named the Registrar of the Council, with Headquarters in Ghana in 2012.
While spotlighting some of the major activities and achievements of the Council, which included the development projects initiated, advanced or completed projects in the various member countries during his tenure, he attributed this to dedicated principal officers that formed the formidable team which moved the Council’s wheel of progress during his tenure.
“Together, we constantly pursued the course of better performance in all existing operations and broke new grounds where we found it expedient to do so,” Uwadiae added, saying the Council is run on committee system “with me as the coordinator or team leader.”