By CrossRiverWatch Admin
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has pleaded with the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to shelve the plan to relocate its Calabar office to neighboring Akwa Ibom State.
The examinations body had in a statement earlier on Tuesday said since its office was razed on October 24, 2020 hence the need to relocate to its Uyo zonal office.
But, Mr. Ayade who visited the charred remains of what was the Calabar branch office of the examination body, said the State will provide an alternative office and two operational vehicles to aid their work.
“I have to plead with you that you do not have to relocate to Uyo. We are going to 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, quality teaching and ensure that Cross Riverians also prosper and become who they want to become in the society,” a statement from Government House Calabar (Peregrino House) quoted Ayade as saying.
He continued: “Moving out from here to Uyo will not serve the interest of Cross Riverians. I sincerely feel that we can have an emergency action plan that can help you restore this office but before we do that I have given an instruction that an emergency accomodation be provided for WAEC and we are also providing you two pick up vehicles to enable you get back on your feet.”
Dozens of properties were either vandalized, ransacked or torched between October 23rd and 24th.
And, Mr. Ayade apologized “profusely to WAEC management for what has happened because this is not in the nature and character of Cross Riverians. We deeply regret this,” Peregrino House said.
“The young people involved do not know that it is for their sake that we are in this public office. So please let us not visit their sins on them, let us forgive them because that is what the Bible teaches. If you leave the state it will affect the quality of WAEC examination in Cross River State. We have a list of all the items needed and we are going to do the best,” Mr. Ayade said.
The Senior Deputy Registrar, Text Development Division, Mrs. Frances Iweha Onuku had earlier told the Governor that: “The office was established to serve the people of Cross River State but unfortunately what we are seeing here today leaves so 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 is that we have to relocate to Uyo. We have an examination coming up in the next few weeks and we will have to plan for the exams .
“At the end of this visit we will plead that whatever you can do with the special grace of God so that we can continue to serve the people of Cross River State will be very much appreciated.”
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