The House of Representatives has rejected the motion aimed at compelling the federal government to provide free access to the 2023/2024 secondary school examinations for all Nigerians. This motion was introduced by Anamero Dekeri, who urged the federal government to make the WAEC, NECO, and JAMB examinations free for this academic session. However, the lawmakers rejected the proposal.
It’s important to note that this motion comes at a time when Nigerians are criticizing lawmakers for allocating substantial funds for their official vehicles.
Dekeri’s motion argued that the federal government has already saved funds through the removal of the petroleum subsidy and should, therefore, support struggling families by making these examinations free. He specifically recommended that the Ministry of Education should oversee the provision of free examinations.
The prayer in Dekeri’s motion stated: “Urge the Ministry of Education to declare 2023 and 2024 WAEC, NECO, and JAMB examinations registration free, to enable the common man to benefit directly from the removal of fuel subsidy palliatives.”
However, when the motion was presented, it faced strong opposition from House members. The Majority Leader, Julius Ihonvbere, proposed an amendment suggesting that lawmakers should allocate funds to cover the cost of these free examinations. Nevertheless, Ado Doguwa countered this amendment by pointing out that members already pay examination fees.
After an extended debate, Awaji Abiante proposed a motion for the House to set the matter aside, and this proposal was unanimously adopted.
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