PROFILE OF THE HEAD OF THE NIGERIA NATIONAL OFFICETHE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL,MR. PATRICK EHIDIAMEN AREGHAN, FCGP

Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan was born on October 1, 1963 at Egbele, Uromi, EsanNorth East Local Government Area, Edo State. He attended Egbele Primary School,Uromi from 1968 to 1973, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. Heobtained his WASC/SC O’Level in 1978 from Esan Grammar School, Uromi where he hadhis secondary school education from 1973 to 1978.

Mr. Patrick Areghan graduated from the prestigious University of Benin in 1983, SummaCum Laude with a B. Sc (Hons.) Degree in Political Science and won a cash prize ofN50.00 for distinguishing himself as the Best Departmental Student in Political Science.

His passion for education led him to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Education fromthe University of Benin in 1989. He obtained a Masters Degree (M. Sc) in Peace Studiesand Conflict Resolution from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in 2015.

His professional career began between 1984 and early 1989 when he sought and gainedemployment as a Secondary School Teacher after he completed his National YouthService Programme in 1984.

He joined the services of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria as anAssistant Registrar II in October, 1989. He rose through the ranks to become a SeniorDeputy Registrar in April, 2018.

He has within this space of time, traversed the nooks and crannies of the country,serving in various examination and administrative capacities, thus:Senior Deputy Registrar, Test Administration, (January, 2019 to 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); BranchController, Kano Branch Office (October, 2009 – March, 2013); Head of Examinationsand Deputy to the Zonal Coordinator, Ibadan Zonal Office (January, 2009 – October,2009); Head of Examinations Security and Deputy to the Branch Controller, LokojaBranch Office (January, 2005 – January, 2009); Head of Examinations Security andDeputy 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).

Mr. Patrick Areghan assumed office as the Head of Nigeria National Office of the WestAfrican Examinations Council (WAEC), on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Until hisappointment as the Head of National Office, he was the Head of Test AdministrationDivision, WAEC, Nigeria.

Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan’s Strengths lie in teamwork, mentoring, riskmanagement, innovation and transparency. He is a Fellow of the Corporate GovernanceProfessionals of Nigeria.

He has also attended many training courses and conferences within and outside Nigeriaand has presented several papers at some of those conferences as well as at other fora.Mr. Areghan is a Christian and is married with children

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