I lost my WAEC certificate, but best in 1976, Okowa breaks silence

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My missing WAEC result second best in 1976

Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta, refuted claims that he did not have a West Africa School Certificate (WASC).

He claimed to have excelled in secondary school and that, in 1976, he earned the second-best A-level score in the entire nation.

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According to the vice presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), almost all universities in the nation admitted him due to his exceptional results on the WASC and Higher School Certificate (HSC).

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In response to media coverage of his missing result, he claimed that it was “deliberately wrong perception and unnecessary politics.”

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Okowa gave a speech at the Isoko North LGA’s Ozoro campus of the Delta State University of Science and Technology.

On the subject of his certificate, he said: “I believe there is a misunderstanding. People attempt to use everything as a political game.

“Yes, I lost my WAEC certificate, but I still have a printout from Edo College in Benin City that shows I received distinction in every subject, she said.

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“The Higher School Certificate was attached, and Edo College acknowledged it. The school announced that I earned a ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘B’.

“I don’t take myself too seriously, but at the time, getting such a high grade in higher education was very challenging.

“I graduated from high school in 1976 with the second-best national grade point average. As a result, I received acceptance letters from numerous universities through Telegram at the time, and I had to decide which ones to accept.

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It goes without saying that I completed my medical education at the University of Ibadan. I was under 22 years old; I was 21 years and a few months old.

Regarding the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) ongoing strike, the Governor urged the Federal Government to take swift action in resolving the problems, adding that all governments should be sincere enough to consistently uphold their commitments.

“We never stop feeling sorry for our students who have been staying home from school for a while.

“I take this opportunity to request that the Federal government act quickly to put an end to the strike.

“It’s bad for the kids, the parents, and even for education in general. Unfortunately, despite ASUU’s requests, the Federal government has not been able to address the problems.

“If promises are made by any government, we must make sure that we keep them, and if there are things that cannot be done, you let the people know,” he said.

Okowa remarked that none of the four state-owned universities’ lecturers were on strike.

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“For us in Delta State, we are meeting all the requirements, so you can see that this university and our three other universities are all active and in session because we do not have any problems with our lecturers,” he said.

Delta State places a high priority on education, all four of our universities are currently in session. Additionally, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, our presidential candidate, has stated that education is a key component of our mission to “Rescue Nigeria.”


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