Ayade pleads with WAEC not to relocate, as exam body insists
The Cross River State government, yesterday, pleaded with the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) not to relocate to its zonal office in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State following destruction and looting of its Calabar office by hoodlums.
In a statement issued by Acting Head, Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijeogu, WAEC insisted that it would temporary relocate to its zonal office in Uyo, adding that the decision stemmed from vandalism, looting and burning of its office in Calabar on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Ojijeogu explained that the relocation plan, which was an interim measure, would enable the examination body to continue its operations and services to the Nigeria students and other stakeholders.
But while inspecting the level of destruction yesterday, Governor Ben Ayade promised to provide an alternative office and two operational vehicles for WAEC and begged the management to shelve its plans to relocate from the state.
“Once again, let me apologise to WAEC management for what has happened, because this is not in the nature and character of Cross River people. We deeply regret this and I plead with you not to relocate to Uyo.
“We will provide an alternative office immediately. We will do everything we can because it is necessary for you to operate from here so that we can have quality examination, teaching and ensure that Cross River people also prosper and become who they want to become in society,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Senior Deputy Registrar, Text Development Division (TDD), Mrs. Frances Onuku, commended Governor Ayade for the visit, but explained that the relocation was to prepare for the examination coming up in the next few weeks.
Her words: “The office was established to serve Cross River people, but unfortunately, what we are seeing here leaves much to be desired. The question now is, can we still serve the people of this state with the office in this condition?
“With the situation on ground now, we have to relocate to Uyo. We have an examination coming up in the next few weeks and we will have to plan for it.”
“At the end of this visit, we will plead that whatever you can do so that we can continue to serve the people of Cross River State will be appreciated.”