WAEC at 70: Nigeria committed to providing quality education, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria would continue to work with other English-speaking West African countries to ensure citizens have access to quality education.
According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Presidential Spokesperson, on Sunday, Buhari said this in a message to congratulate the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on its 70th anniversary.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) was established in 1952 following the promulgation of the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951 by the governments of Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
In 1974, Liberia joined the council as the fifth member country.
Speaking on the board’s efforts, Buhari urged the review body to continue to ensure adherence to its standard values which are rooted in excellence, integrity, professionalism, accountability and transparency.
“As a proud founding member of the most important examination board for the people of West Africa, President Buhari affirms that Nigeria appreciates the commitment shared with other Council members and would continue to engage with other partners to achieve the Council’s mandate to maintain quality education standards that prepare the next generation to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” the statement read.
“The President notes with joy that for 70 years, the West African examination body has brought together Anglophones in West Africa to encourage academic and moral excellence through qualitative and reliable assessment of education. .
“As delegates to the 70th meeting of the council deliberate, reflect and celebrate the gains of the decades, the Nigerian leader urges them to remember the core values of excellence, integrity, professionalism, accountability and transparency, at the heart of WAEC, and to stand firmly by them.
“The President believes that just as member countries survived a difficult year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and, in some countries, years of internal conflict, this cherished educational institution would continue to thrive as a ‘world-class examination body.’
Meanwhile, Nigeria will host the 70th Annual Council Meeting of the WAEC, which is scheduled to take place from March 14-18, 2022 in Abuja.