Following the violence that erupted across Nigeria when hoodlums hijacked the #ENDSARS protests and destroyed trillions worth of properties across the country, including Cross River,  Governor Ben Ayade has pleaded with the West African Examination Council not to relocate its alternative office from Calabar, the State capital. 

On Saturday, October 24, hoodlums set on fire the WAEC office in Calabar. Other places that were touched in the state are the National Identity Management Commission office, and a hotel belonging to the daughter of former Governor Donald Duke. 

Image of WAEC destroyed by hoodlums

Inspecting the carnage on Tuesday, November 3, Governor Ayade apologised to the management of WAEC for the loss of their properties. He also plead with the west African examination body to shelve its plans of relocating.

The Governor said he has provided emergency accommodation for WAEC as well as two  Hilux operation vehicles.  

Image of WAEC destroyed by hoodlums

“I have to plead with you that you do not have to relocate to Uyo . We are going to provide an alternative office immediately. We will do everything we can because it is necessary for you to operate from here so that we can have quality examination, quality teaching and ensure that Cross Riverians also prosper and become who they want to become in the society. 

“Moving out from here to Uyo will not serve the interest of Cross Riverians. I sincerely feel that we can have an emergency action plan that can help you restore this office but before we do that I have given an instruction that an emergency accommodation be provided for WAEC and we are also providing you two pick up vehicles to enable you to get back on your feet. 

Image of Governor Ayade inspecting damage caused by hoodlums in the state.

“The young people involved do not know that it is for their sake that we are in this public office. So please let us not visit their sins on them, let us forgive them because that is what the Bible teaches. If you leave the state it will affect the quality of WAEC examination in Cross River State. We have a list of all the items needed and we are going to do the best,” the Governor said.


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