The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has apologised to the Ekiti State government over delay in the release of the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination results of public schools in the state.
The Nation had reported that there was anxiety among parents and candidates in Ekiti, on Wednesday, over inability to check and print their results, which ignited the widespread insinuation that state’s indebtedness to WAEC must have necessitated such.
The State government through the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Akin Omole debunked the allegation of the state’s indebtedness to WAEC, saying the results were delayed due to computation mistake.
But in a letter dated 5th November, 2020 and signed by WAEC’s Branch Controller, Alhaji Olajide Hakeem, on behalf of the Head of National Office, Patrick Areghan clarified that the Ekiti State government was not indebted to the council.
The letter addressed to the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Olabimpe Aderiye, reads: “on behalf of the national office and the entire WAEC, I hereby tender our unreserved apology for the delay that occurred in the release of the Ekiti State public schools’ results .
“The Council wishes to state clearly that, the Ekiti State was not in any way indebted to WAEC. However, it should be noted that, many candidates from all parts of the country were unable to access their results throughout yesterday(Wednesday) due to the heavy traffic congestion on our side . The results were eventually accessed 5.45pm on Wednesday.
“We condemn in its entirety any attempt by anybody or group making campaign of calumny to achieve any selfish desires on this very sensitive issue.
“Ekiti State government remains one of our very reliable clients and we cherish the cordial relationship existing between the state and the council, which we intend to keep.
“We regret any inconvenience arising from the delay of results of the Ekiti State public schools .
“Please, accept the warmest assurances of our highest regard,” the letter concluded.