By Sylvia Felix
Regional examinations body, the West African Examination Council (WAEC), on Tuesday reopened its office in Calabar, the Cross River State capital after nearly ten months of being shut.
The Calabar branch of the examination body was raided and touched in the widespread arson in Calabar on October 23rd and 24th 2021. The arson began with the discovery of hoarded palliatives after the #EndSARS protests.
Speaking with newsmen in Calabar, the Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan said the academic calendar was disrupted and put the May- June, 2021 examination in jeopardy. However, he said that all records remained intact.
“Everything is stored in the cloud even if they burn down the place, nothing would be lost by way of data. We will recover everything. We have all the records and all the certificates have been reprinted,” Areghan said.
Sources say the examination body could no longer wait for the Cross River State Government to fulfill its promise of rebuilding the office after the Governor, Benedict Ayade visited and promised to provide two utility vehicles to ease movement.
The destruction of the office caused untold hardship as schools and students had to travel to other States for registration and receipt of their certificates.
And, the president, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Cross River State, Mike Egre, said accessing Uyo, Akwa Ibom State would have been difficult due to the bad nature of the roads. HE expressed optimism that the renovation of WAEC office in Calabar, the state office will aide the smooth conduct of WAEC examinations throughout the state as students set for another phase of their lives.
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