The Federal Ministry of Education has revealed it will re-conduct the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) by WAEC for candidates in the South-East who missed it due to the stay-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
This was contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Sonny Echono, who disclosed this; while monitoring some examination centres in Abuja, on Monday, September 20.
Echono, who frowned on the September 13, 2021, disruption of the WAEC examinations in some centres in the South-East; expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination across the country.
According to Echono, the ministry will put modalities in place to ensure that the candidates who missed the examination in the South-East are given other opportunities to write the WAEC examination.
“We are very pleased that in the country, examinations are going on peacefully as we have over 19,000 centres; across the country with over 1.57 million registered candidates.
“Besides the disruption we had on September 13 in the South-East where some candidates were stopped from doing the examination, it is a peaceful one.
“We are complying with all the standards and ethics of examinations. We are pursuing very hard all cases; incidents or possibilities of examinations malpractice because we have a zero-tolerance for examination malpractice.
“We shall punish any person found culpable and also ensure that sanity is restored in our system,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sen. Rochas Okorocha, on Monday, September 20, in Abuja; stressed the need to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria with a view to saving money for the country.
Okorocha said this at a media parley with the FCT Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists.
The session was entitled “Conversation with Rochas Okorocha at 59: Award of Icon of Service and Philanthropy”.
The former Imo state governor, who advocated a reduction in the number of senators from three to one per state; described it as one of the surest ways to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s National Assembly is a bicameral legislature established under section 4 of the Nigerian Constitution. It consists of a senate with 109 members as well as 360- member House of Representatives.
“Remember, I said let us have one senator per state and it also raised a lot of controversy in the whole country.”