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The Management of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), led by the Executive Secretary - Prof. Ismail Junaidu, on Monday, 21st June, 2021, paid a condolence visit to the family of her former Executive Secretary, Late Prof. Godswill Obioma, who passed away on Monday, 31st May, 2021, at his residence in Abuja. Late Prof. Godswill Obioma was formally the Executive Secretary of NERDC from 2005 – 2015.

The Executive Secretary, Prof. Ismail Junaidu, in his remark during the visit, stated that the mention of NERDC will not be complete without the mention of the name of late Prof. Godswill Obioma. According to him, the late Prof. Obioma “contributed enormously to the institutional development of the Council. He worked assiduously to bring NERDC on the front-burner and in the limelight among other institutions he worked with."

He went further to extol his exceptional qualities of hard work, passion and zeal for service delivery, recognizing him as an astute administrator, as well as a national and an internationally acclaimed educator per excellence, among others.

Prof. Junaidu, while noting the huge impact the late Prof. Obioma made at various committees and working groups, lamented that his death is not only a big loss to the family alone but also to NERDC and the entire education community.

Reacting, Prince Godswill Obioma II, first son of late Prof. Godswill Obioma, welcomed and appreciated the NERDC Management for the show of love at their trying time and acknowledged that his father's (Prof. Obioma’s) death has affected, not only the immediate family, but also, NERDC and the nation at large. He further requested the management to kindly convey her condolence message in formal writing.

Also, the wife of the deceased, Lolo Elizabeth Obioma, expressed her profound gratitude to the management for visiting the family, noting that the family will duly inform Council of the burial arrangement as the preparation progresses.

Meanwhile, members of NERDC Management at the Condolence visit were; Mr. Ahmed-Baba Ibrahim (Director, Finance and Accounts); Dr. Imaobong Nsehe (Director of Research, Education Research Centre); Dr. Margaret Lawani (Director, Special Programmes Centre); Arc. Ibrahim Sadiq (Director, General Services) and Dr. David Omole (Director, Library and Informatics Centre).

Others were Mr. Odion Paul (Director, Procurement); Barr. Peter Anande (Director, Human Resource Management); Dr. Garba Gandu (Director, Curriculum Development Centre); Dr. Victoria Babalola (Director of Research) and Dr. Grace Ajagun (Director, Executive Secretary’s Office).

Late Prof. Godswill Obioma was, until his death, the Registrar and Chief Executive of National Examinations Council (NECO).

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