PROF. IFEOMA MERCY ISIUGO-ABANIHE
Professor Ifeoma Mercy Isiugo-Abanihe is the new Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), Benin City. Prior to her appointment by the Federal Government on August 01, 2016, she was the Director, Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, where she had served as an academic staff for over twenty-three years. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe is a professor of Language Education and Educational Evaluation. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English Language/Communication and Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Temple University, Philadelphia, USA, and PhD in Educational Evaluation from the International Centre for Educational Evaluation, Institute of Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe has several academic and professional awards, including the British Council Cheevening Scholarship; Research Fellowship on Gender and Women’s Studies, sponsored by CIDA, Canada, and research award as Principal Investigator for an in-school and out-of-school sexuality/reproductive health study among adolescents in oil-producing communities, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. Arising from her research activities, Prof. Isiugo-Abanihe has been a visiting scholar at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax and Dalhousie University, Canada. In addition to her academic and professional teachers’ certificates, Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe possesses other qualifications, including certificates in Youth leadership, sexuality and reproductive health from CEDPA, Washington, USA; Gender and Women Studies from the Summer Institute for Gender and Development, Canada; Women, Literacy and Development from the University of Manchester, Certificate on Monitoring and Evaluation from Philber Associates, USA, etc. She is actively involved in research networks and study teams such as the Ibadan Social and Evaluation Research Team.
As an educational Consultant, Professor Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe has served as National/Lead Research Consultant to several government and non-governmental organizations, including the British Council, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF, Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, National Examinations Council (NECO), UBE, etc. In the area of public examination, she, as Deputy Director, coordinated the writing of the report on NECO’s study on National Assessment for Educational Performance; and is involved as a Lead Resource Person in UBEC’s National Assessment for Learning Achievements in Basic Education (NALABE).
As a professional teacher and post-graduate lecturer, Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe has taught several courses in Educational Evaluation, including Observational Techniques, Principles of Test Construction, Programme Evaluation, Curriculum Evaluation, Public Examining and Qualitative Research; in Communication and Language Arts, she has taught courses with the following titles: Readability and Style, Psycholinguistics and Reading, and Technical Writing, Skills Acquisition in Arts and Languages, Language Arts Methods, etc.
Professor Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe has supervised more than thirty Master and PhD projects and thesis. She is a prolific writer with fifty published books, chapters and articles in learned journals, and belongs to professional associations relevant to her discipline.
The current Registrar of NABTEB is versatile as she has many years of experience in both academics and administration. At the University of Ibadan, she served two terms as Sub-Dean (Post graduate) for the Institute of Education, Coordinator, Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC); a member of the University Senate and member of several committees, including the Committees on Lecture method in the university, Committee on Evaluation of the University of Ibadan Commercial Enterprises, among others.
With her international exposure, and as an experienced administrator, researcher, programme evaluator, writer, test developer with knowledge of current techniques in public examining, and keen interest in youth and women’s empowerment, Professor Isiugo-Abanihe, has all the requisite skills to lift the National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) to greater heights.