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Okowa: Yes, I Lost My Certificate, My High School Result Was Second Best Nationwide in 1976

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*Says uproar over his WASC certificate mere politics

*Appeals to FG to quickly resolve prolonged ASUU strike

Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that the media buzz generated over his missing West African School Certificate (WASC) was not a big deal but merely an attempt by some people to play politics with practically everything.

Okowa said that although he actually lost his secondary school certificate, his alma mater, Edo College, Benin-City, Edo State had clarified the matter by printing out his results at the ordinary level and higher level examinations results, noting that his HSC result was the second best in Nigeria at the time.

The governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Tuesday that it was mischievous for anyone to say that he had no WASC certificate from the examination he sat for in 1976.

Okowa made the clarification when he inspected ongoing projects at the Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area.

Okowa said, “On the issue of my certificate, I think it is a misconception. People try to play politics with everything.

“Yes, I lost my WAEC certificate, but I have the print out from Edo College, Benin-City, which clearly stated that I have distinction in all subjects.

“The Higher School Certificate was attached and it has been acknowledged by Edo College and the school put it out there that I made an ‘A’ `B’ `B’.

“I do not pride myself but it was very difficult to make such grade in higher school at that time.

“My high school result was the second best nationally in 1976, when I finished. So, many universities admitted me through Telegram as at that time, and I had to start making choices of which to accept.

“Of course, it’s very clear that I finished medical school at the University of Ibadan. I was 21years and some months; I was less than 22 years of age.’’

On the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the governor called on the Federal Government to expedite action in resolving the issues, adding that every government should be sincere enough to keep to promises and agreements at all times.

“We continue to sympathise with our students who have been at home for several months now rather than being in school.

“I use this opportunity to call on the Federal government to do something urgently to end the strike.

“It’s not a good thing for the children, parents and even education in general. It is unfortunate that the Federal government has not been able to attend to issues, as requested by ASUU.

“For every government, if promises are made, we must ensure that we keep to our promises and if there are things that cannot be done, you let people know,’’ he said.

Okowa remarked that lecturers were not on strike in the four universities owned by the state, “for us in Delta State, we are fulfilling all the requirements and that’s why you can see that this university and our three other universities are all active and in session because we do not have any issues with our lecturers.

“All our four universities are in session because we pay special attention to education in Delta State, and our Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has also assured that education occupies a prime position in our `Rescue Nigeria’ mission.’’

He expressed satisfaction with the Management of the university in Ozorro for successfully admitting 1,850 students in the first year, disclosing that no fewer than 3,000 applicants chose the university as first choice in the new session, starting in October.

“That over 3,000 applicants have chosen the University of Science and Technology, Ozoro, as first choice is very heart-warming and it goes to show that our decision to upgrade the Polytechnic to a University of Science and Technology is a very good decision.’’

The governor also commended the authorities if the university for using the engineering students of the school to execute some projects in the school.

Okowa said, “We walked through some concrete paved roads executed by the university with engineering students and it is very encouraging that they are putting their students to practice and their lecturers also have the opportunity to practicalise what they teach.

“You will recall in the same manner when the school was a polytechnic that they used their students and their engineering staff to build the stadium in the campus.

“This is very encouraging because it is important that we actually ensure that our students are not only groomed up in theory but also put to practice what they learn and that’s exactly what we look forward to.”

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