Adenipekun Bows Out As WAEC HNO, Hosts Guests To A 60th Birthday Bash

Highly respected educationist, Mr Olutise Isaac Adenipekun (mnim; fcai), has voluntarily quit the stage after five exciting and meritorious years in the spot light as West African Examinations Council Head of National office.

His resignation was handed down on Thursday, March 5, 2020 when he officially stepped down from his prestigious leadership position to the Council, having reached the statutory retirement age of 60 years.

Adenipekun whilst assessing his performance in the last five years concluded that he is leaving the Council better than he met it. At his valedictory press conference on Tuesday, March 3 when the results of the 2020 first series of West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates was announced.

He listed his other achievements to include strengthening quality assurance, expanding infrastructure, facilitating international collaborations, introduction of online result processing, as well as electronic document management system etc.

Mr Adenipekun however hosted friends, family members and staff of WAEC to banquet on Thursday, March 5, 2020 where he got far reaching encomiums and tributes from people from all walks of life in Ikeja.

The astute sexagenerian enjoined his successor, Mr Patrick Areghan who was the former Senior Deputy Registrar of WAEC to give priority attention to the council at all times, while also urging him to carry everyone along in the task of running the institution.

Mr. Olutise Isaac Adenipekun was born on March 5, 1960 at Ere-Ijesa, Ilesa in the present day Osun State. He attended St. Stephen Primary School, Ere-Ijesa and Ijebu-Jesa Grammar School, Ijebu-Jesa.

He graduated from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) in 1983 with a B. Sc (Hons) Degree in Political Science. He also obtained an M. Sc Degree in International Relations from the same University in 1987 and in 2012 he got a Masters in Public Administration (M. P. A) in Management of Educational Institutions from the Lagos State University, Ojo.

He joined the services of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), on October 3, 1989 as an Assistant Registrar II. He rose through the ranks to become Senior Assistant Registrar in 2000 and a Principal Assistant Registrar in 2005. He was promoted to the rank of a Deputy Registrar in 2011.

Mr. Adenipekun has held several positions of accountability in the Council and has distinguished himself as a primus inter pares (a first among equals). For example, he was Head, Meetings and General Services Department, WAEC, Yaba (February 1996-January, 2001); Head, Examinations Security, WAEC Branch Office, Umuahia, Abia State (February 2001-January 2006); Head, Aptitude Tests Administration Section, Test Development Division, Ogba (February 2006-January 2008); Pioneer Officer-in-Charge, WAEC Satellite Office, Ikorodu, Lagos State (February 2008-September 2009); Branch Controller, WAEC Branch Office, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State (October 2009-May 2011); Pioneer Zonal Coordinator, WAEC Zonal Office, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State (June 2011-December 2011); Zonal Coordinator, WAEC Zonal Office, Kaduna (December 2011-May 2015).

He assumed office as the Head of the Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Until his appointment as Head of National Office, he was the Zonal Coordinator, WAEC Zonal Office, Ibadan.

Mr. Adenipekun is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (FCAI) and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM). He has also attended several professional and management courses both in Nigeria and overseas. He is presently the President of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA).

Until his retirement, Adenipekun represented WAEC on the Boards of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC). He is also a Member of the Governing Council of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

He is a devoted Christian and married to Mrs. Christiana Adenipekun and their marriage is blessed with children.

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