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By Friday Obande
A non-governmental organisation (NGO) known as The Mighty One Empowerment Foundation (TEMOEFA) has called on the various state governments, the FCT Administration, companies and families to assist the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in providing face masks, sanitisers, water dispensers and PPE for school children.
It also called on public-spirited individuals, religious bodies and NGOs to assist in fumigating school premises as a way of helping to promote the comfort and safety of school children sitting for examinations.
The founder of the NGO, Dr. Barika D. Saro-Laka made these requests while receiving parents of some school children and journalists in his Abuja office yesterday.
Speaking on behalf of some parents who paid a thank you visit to TEMOEFA’s founder, Dr. Barika Saro-Laka for fighting to ensure that schools reopen for students in exiting classes, Alhaji Kabiru Baba Umar, said the activist’s efforts in ensuring that children do not lose one academic year due to the Corona Virus pandemic can never be forgotten and prayed God to continue to sustain him in all his activities.
Responding, the NGO chief and development activist, noted that education is a social vehicle for liberating societies, and therefore, no segment of the society should be deprived of it, under any guise.
He also called on the Parents Teachers’ Associations (PTAs) of all schools to assist schools in mobilising for the clearing of bushes in schools to enable students concentrate on their studies for their terminal examinations.
The associate visiting professor of Mass Communication also begged the leadership of WAEC in Nigeria to consider granting 5% bonus marks to all students sitting for its examinations in 2020 due to the negative effect of COVID-19 epidemic on their academic activities and in order to reduce mass failure.
He said his call for this gesture does not in any suggest any intention to undermine the academic capacity of the concerned Nigerian students, but it is made as an idea of logic.
Dr. Saro-Laka also hinted of plans by his organisation to honour the Head of National Office (Nigeria) of WAEC, Mr. Patrick E. Areghan with a merit award for his resilience, patriotism and dynamism in putting everything in place to ensure that children sit for this year’s examination, despite the short period for preparations.
“The Head of the National Office of WAEC in Nigeria, Mr. Patrick E. Areghan, has been approved to receive our historic merit award for his labour of love for Nigerian children and the award is tagged “Excellence Leadership Award for Exemplary Public Service”, the development activist disclosed.