…Ezekwesili, Okigbo get new posts in Yale, Havard varsities
ANAMBRA State has continued its brilliant performance in the tests conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
In the just released 2021 JAMB examination result, Chibuzor Chibuikem Monwuba, an indigene of Awka, Anambra State scored 358 out of maximum 400 marks.
In the 2020 result, Ego Agnes Maduafokwa from Ihiala broke JAMB examination’s history by scoring 365 marks out of a possible 400 while David Nwobi from Nawfia, in Njikoka Local Government Area followed closely with 363 marks.
A statement from the state’s Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba quoted Governor Obiano saying: “I am so pleased with the news that Anambra State has maintained its educational dominance in examinations conducted by JAMB, West African Examinations Council and National Education Council”.
Former Central of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, an internationally recognised economics professor and reformer who is now the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in the Nov. 6 gubernatorial in the state, was one of the persons the governor personally honoured at the educational event which took place at the Oma Events Centre.
According to the statement, Chief Obiano has directed both the Commissioner for Information and his counterpart in the Ministry of Basic Education, Professor Kate Azuka Omenugha, to include Master Chibuzor Monwuba, who is going to study engineering at Covenant University in Ogun State, in the list of young Anambra persons to be honoured for academic excellence which has, in turn, brought honour to the state.
“We must continue to demonstrate in word and deed that Anambra State is truly the Light of the Nation,” the governor added.
In another development, the state government congratulated two intellectuals from the state who have been recently appointed to prestigious positions in two Ivy League institutions.
The government in a statement in Awka, expressed joy that former World Bank Vice-President, Oby Ezekwesili is resuming work at Yale University as senior fellow while Patrick Okigbo III, a management consultant in Abuja, is returning to Harvard as a senior after a successful tenure at the institution.
Adinuba lauded the two Anambra State-born trailblazers, Oby Ezekwesili and Patrick Okigbo III, for raising the bar in education.
Ezekwesili will teach two postgraduate courses on Democracy and Africa’s Political Distortions, and Resolving Africa’s Economic Philosophy Dilemma during the 2021 Fall Semester in Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs that applies evidence-based scholarship to challenges of maximum global importance, such as climate change, war and peace, ethnic conflict, inequality, and migration.
Ezekwesili had previuosly worked as Director of the Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy Project with Prof Jeffery Sachs at the Center for International Development, Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts.
Okigbo III will continue with making presentations and working on issues relating to governance and how it affects the economy.
The founder of Nextier, a policy think-tank firm with a focus on remaking governance and development, has served on many government committees with over 20 years experience.