The West African Examinations Council said the provision of a branch office by the Taraba Government would improve its services to all education stakeholders in the state.
The council’s Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Damianus Ojijeogu, said in Lagos that the council had officially taken delivery of the renovated building provided by the State Government.
Ojijeogu said that the non-existence of a branch office in the state had posed challenges to both the council and prospective candidates in the conduct the West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
According to him, before now, all stakeholders that had something to do with WAEC in Taraba normally travelled to Yola, being the closest branch.
He said, “This, in several respects, created some challenges to us as a council and other education stakeholders in the state.
“In conducting our examinations in Taraba, we have had to move men and materials from another state, just as the candidates too faced the risk of travelling.
“Today, we are happy that the Taraba Government is handing over to the council, a renovated office and a car, for its activities.
“The government also gave to the council, a parcel of land to build our permanent office.”
He said that the provision of an office by the state government was a huge relief, as it would enable the council to bring its services closer to the people of the state.
He said, “The gesture is a win-win thing.
“We wish to also appeal to the governments of Zamfara, Kebbi, Jigawa, Gombe and Nassarawa, where we are yet to have branch offices, to emulate Taraba.
“It is WAEC’s intention to bring its services to our stakeholders in these states but because of paucity of funds, we are unable to do it now.
“WAEC’s mandate is all about the development of the Nigerian child.
“So we are seeking collaborations with these state governments to enable us achieve our main goal.
“They can build for us, they can donate land or even renovate old buildings and hand over to us as branch offices.
“We want to assure the government of Taraba that we will make judicious use of the branch office in Jalingo for the benefit of all stakeholders,’’ Ojijeogu assured