House Of Representatives Wades Into WAEC Debt Crisis

waec-WASSCE-2015The Nigerian House of Representatives has set up an Ad hoc Committee to intervene in the alleged debt crisis between the West African Examination‎ Council (WAEC) and some states, resulting to a threat by the examination body to withhold the results of some students.

The House took the decision following a motion by a lawmaker, Linus Okorie that the academic pursuit of more than half of the 1.2 million candidates who sat for the examination would be disrupted if WAEC was allowed to carry out its threat.

The motion was passed unanimously after deliberations, and the House mandated the Committee to report back in one week, to allow actions be taken before the date for the release of the May/June 2015 West African Secondary Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.

On Monday, the examination body claimed that 19 states out of the 36 states were owing about four billion Naira exam entry fees for state government sponsored candidates.

The Head of WAEC in Nigeria, Charles Eguridu, said: “A total number of 19 states in the country owe the Council in respect of entry fees for state government sponsored candidates for the May/June 2015 WASSCE. Some states also still owe the Council registration fees for the May/June 2014 WASSCE.

“We, therefore, want to publicly plead with the affected states to off-set the registration fees of their candidates as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee that the results of their candidates for the May/June 2015 will be released along with others”.

Emerging Leaders Conference Will Inspire Young Nigerians – Okorie

Linus_Okorie_GOTINThe founder of Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI) and the organiser of the Emerging Leaders Conference, Linus Okorie, says the conference will inspire young people from Nigeria and the diaspora to develop needed leadership skills.

The conference which hold between August 29 and 30 in Abuja, will afford participants the opportunity to discuss leadership and enable them chart a course on how they can change Nigeria’s future.

According to Mr Okorie, the conference is a leadership development system that will build a huge network of young people from all over the country who are doing great things.

“We will adopt a peer review mechanism, where a young person from Ekiti may think that he is doing something great but at the conference he would see someone that is doing four times better and it will inspire them to think Nigeria and act Nigeria

“GOTNI has been asking Nigeria, for the past 18 years, to give young people an opportunity to grow in leadership content which will enable them define and redefine the future of our country

“So I am asking young leaders to come together so that we can redefine this country and set this country on a part of gold,” he stressed.

Mr Okorie pointed out that nobody would give any young person a place to make progress, except the young persons, on their own, developed themselves, with each person finding a field or a part that he could deepen to become the best in that field.

“The young people have to develop their leadership skill in order to know how to manage other people and themselves. Lack of leadership skill is contributing to the inability of most successful young people to carry on for a long time.Emerging_Leaders_Conference_discussion

“It is high time we started the habit of teaching young people that they must keep learning and build a learning system around them,” he said, explaining that it is a huge network that GOTIN intends to create.

Over 15 outstanding successful speakers will be attending the conference that has the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television, John Momoh, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Group Managing director of Heritage Bank, the Minister of Power, the Miniter of Agriculture, Minister for State for FCT and Managing director of Arik Air, as some of the speakers.

Interested participants are required to send a text and their profile to 08033512469.

“We want people who believe that Nigeria can still count despite the problems at the moment. Learning is the next way to the future,” he said, stressing the need for young people to prepare their minds before they assume leadership positions.

Time Management Is Key For Organisational Progress – Linus Okorie

A Leadership Capital Consultant, Linus Okorie, has said that any organisation interested in making progress must take the concept of time mamangement seriously adding that the Chief Executive Officers must champion the cause to “make each day count”.

Speaking on the importance of time management in business, Mr Okorie said “if a man does not have a purpose for waking up, sleeping becomes interesting”.

Focus as well as setting objectives are key to achieving goals, which Mr Okorie emphasised when he added that “for anybody who wants to make a difference, the first thing that the person must do is to first of all set clear cut objectives and goals, or big vision, that he or she would want to accomplish over a period of time and then put the discipline on his/herself in order to be effective in managing self”

“Once that is clear in your mind the issue of time management will no longer be an issue at all”

He explained the importance of time management to organisations, stating that organisations that would succeed must understand the global practices when it comes to time management because thy deal with deadlines, service delivery and customer satisfaction.

“There must be value for time,” and so “each day must count”

This can be achieved when the Chief Executive Officer sets the agenda for what must be accomplished for the day, with timeframe set for each task.