Tobi Aworinde, Punch investigative reporter; Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Executive Governor of Kaduna State; Professor Hilary Edeoga, Vice Chancellor Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike; Mrs. Foudging Terry, Country Director, Exam Ethics Marshals International, Cameroon; Premium Pensions Limited, a leading Pension Fund Administrator; Babcock University; University of Maiduguri; and Punch Newspapers have emerged winners of 2015 Exam Ethics Marshals Awards.
Tobi Aworinde, netted the 2015 Exam Ethics Marshals Investigative Journalist Award by successfully going undercover to gather evidence and expose mass cheating in the 2015 NECO May/June Senior Secondary Certificate Exams. His award winning story, published in November 8 edition of Sunday Punch, is titled “Punch Undercover Reporter Exposes Mass Cheating at NECO Miracle Centre”
Punch Newspaper booked the 2015 Exam Ethics Marshals Best Newspaper Award for sponsoring and supporting Tobi Aworinde for his undercover assignment and for publication of a two-part story in August 2015 titled “Lust, Fraud Turn Universities to Slaughter Houses”. The stories gave graphic accounts of how examination malpractice, academic dishonesty, bribery and corruption are eroding the code of truth, honor and integrity of Nigeria’s tertiary education system.
Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State is the 2015 Exam Ethics Marshals Best Governor for being the first Governor in 2015 to make a comprehensive review of problems and challenges of education in his State, the first to initiate comprehensive basket of programmes to address the gaps, and the first to declare a state of emergency to remove obstacle and fast-track necessary reforms. Kaduna State Honourable Commissioner for Education will receive the Best Education Commissioner Award for driving the process of assessment that facilitated the declaration of state of emergency.
Professor Hilary Odo Edeoga, Vice Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUAU), is the 2015 Exams Ethics Marshals Best Vice-Chancellor for unprecedented progress in the University in terms of Physical and Municipal infrastructure; management of human, material and financial resources; and best practices in admission, training, examination, certification, registration and regulation processes. The Governing Council of MOUAU booked the 2015 Exam Ethics Marshals Best Governing Council for Awards for providing good leadership that made progress possible.
Mrs. Foundging Terry, the Country Director of Exam Ethics Marshals International, Cameroon bagged the 2015 Best Exam Ethics Marshals Country Director Award for outstanding performance in terms of volunteering energy, time, resources and intellect for successful establishment and sustenance of the Cameroon chapter.
Premium Pensions Limited is the winner of 2015 Exam Ethics Marshals Best Corporate Social Responsibility in Education Award for outstanding sponsorship contributions in building capacity of education administrators on Pension Fund Administration; deployment of Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA) to enhance staff motivation and best practices in schools; training and deployment of Safe School Ambassadors in schools in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria; and in distribution of Safe School Manuals to school communities.
University of Maiduguri, is being honored with the 2015 Exams Ethics Marshals Best University Security Award for keeping the University open and academic programmes operational without shutting down even in the heat of insurgency.
Babcock University is 2015 Exams Ethics Marshals Best Private University Award in recognition of successful integration and institutionalization of the process of entrenchment of ethics, integrity and best practices in the programmes of the University.
The Award will be presented in Abuja on December 10 as climax of the 2015 Exam Ethics Marshals International Conference on New Blueprint for Conflict Resolution in Season of Change, Resource Scarcity and New Social Contracts.