The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has solicited the support of the Federal Government to procure an outstanding printing machine to help its service delivery.
The Chairman of Council, Prof. Ato Essuman, said this when he led his team on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, in Abuja on Thursday.
Essuman said that the building and all the external work had been completed, adding that three of the machines had already been purchased.
He, however, said that the outstanding machine which costs 3.9 million U.S. dollars needed to be procured to enable the council to achieve its mandate of conducting effective examinations.
” As a responsible and responsive organisation, the council is always seeking ways of improving on its service delivery to stakeholders.
“The Nigeria National Office embarked on the establishment of a Digital Printing Press for the printing of examination security materials, the first to be owned by the council in Nigeria.
“However, the project, which is nearing completion, has been stalled because we are not able to fund the acquisition of a particular machine that is vital to the operation of the system.
“I wish therefore to use this privilege extended to me today to request your kind intervention to enable us to secure the required financial assistance for the procurement of the machine,” he said.
Essuman said that in the 70 years of WAEC’s existence, Nigeria stands out in the comity of member nations not only in the discharge of its obligations but also in the enthusiasm and promptness with which most of the obligations were discharged.
He, therefore, thanked the government and people of Nigeria for the support, cooperation and goodwill, which WAEC had received from its inception in 1952 to date.
Responding, Adamu promised to do his best to make sure that the Nigerian government continues to support the council in achieving its mandate.