Lagos – The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has denied insulting the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.
The council said comments credited to its Registrar, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, that the council will give the minister a free form to rewrite her O’Level Mathematics paper, was not true.
The comment was an alleged reaction of Uwadiae to claims by Adeosun that the council made N16 billion on sale of forms, and got N6 billion subvention from the Federal Government, which she added up to N24 billion instead of N22 billion.
The minister’s gaffe set off a social media storm, with some wondering if the minister was qualified for the job.
But WAEC in a statement on Wednesday by its spokesperson, Abiodun Aduloju, said: “The attention of The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has been drawn to the falsehood going round on some social media attributing to its Registrar, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, comments that constitute a personal insult to the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.
“The publication is worrisome and embarrassing to WAEC, as the registrar did not make the statement credited to him and could not have responded as purported to an allegation in which the name of his organisation was not mentioned.”
“The registrar does not even reside in Nigeria and had not granted a press interview or engaged in an informal chat with any Nigerian media representative or authorised anyone to speak on his behalf concerning the minister’s statement.
“Dr. Uwadiae is an experienced public personality and seasoned diplomat, who holds sacrosanct the entrenched culture of mutual understanding and respect that exists among all operatives and representatives of the governments of the five member countries of the council,” the statement added.
WAEC appealed to the originators, peddlers and transmitters of the provocative and malicious publication to desist from their “dastardly act”, which it said sought to cause disaffection between two notable citizens of Nigeria and destroy the 64-year-old collaboration between WAEC and the Nigerian government.
“We wish to use this opportunity to renew to the Minister of Finance the assurances of the council’s highest consideration and esteem,” the council said