Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Weekly Subject Experts’ Presentation was held at Hall D, ML Agwai Block, Abuja. There were two presentations made by the Subject Experts on Republic of China and South Africa.
The first presentation by Col OR Akerele (Rtd) subject expert on South Africa, Focused on the Mixed Reactions that Trail Limpopo Exciting Matriculation Pass Rate. He stated that the South Africa’s Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on “Thursday 18 January 2024 that, the Matriculation Class of 2023 achieved an overall pass rate of 82.9 percent with Free State retaining top position nationally with a pass rate pass 89.03 percent”.
In his analysis and Lessons for Nigeria, Col Akerele (Rtd) noted that the presentation also brought out the issues and challenges observed in the conduct of Nigeria’s UTME in 2023.
He recommended that, Selection of JAMB examiners and invigilators be reviewed to eradicate corruption and complicity on examination practices and the NDLEA and NOA should continue to sensitize students on the negative effects of drugs, alcohol and other substances as its impact negatively on examination results.
Relatedly, the second presentation of the day was made by Maj Gen JA Orokpo (Rtd) subject experts on China. His presentation discussed on Chinese Embassy Warns of Plastic Surgery Risks in South Korea “The ‘Reuters’ reported on 19 Jan 23 that China’s Embassy in Seoul has warned citizens against the dangers of having plastic surgery done in South Korea, from the risk of death to major facial changes that make it difficult to pass through immigration checks”.
In his analysis and lessons for Nigeria, Maj Gen JA Orokpo (Rtd) noted that in the past, Nigeria had a relatively stronger healthcare system compared to the present day.
He recommended that Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) is to establish and enforce strict regulations for medical tourism, including plastic surgery to protect citizens from potential risks and complications.