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We cannot afford it – Nigerian lawmakers reject motion to make WAEC, UTME free



By Sola Omoniyi, Lagos

The House of Representatives has rejected a motion that sought to compel the federal government to make the 2023/2024 secondary school examination free for all Nigerians.

The motion, moved by Anamero Dekeri, called on the federal government to make WAEC, NECO and JAMB free for this academic session, but the lawmakers kicked against it.

This motion is coming at a time when Nigerians are still condemning the action of lawmakers to spend billions on their official vehicles.

In the motion, Dekeri said the federal government already saved money through the removal of petroleum subsidies and should help families that are struggling.

The lawmaker said the Ministry of Education should make the examinations free.

“Urge the Ministry of Education to declare 2023 and 2024 WAEC, NECO and JAMB examinations registration free, to enable the common man to have a direct benefit of fuel subsidy removal palliatives,” Dekeri’s prayer reads.

Following the presentation of the motion, it was met with stiff opposition from members of the House.

The Majority Leader, Julius Ihonvbere moved an amendment that lawmakers should instead fund the free examination. But the amendment was countered by Ado Doguwa, who said members are already paying the fees.

Following a long debate, Awaji Abiante moved a motion for the House to step it down, and it was adopted unanimously.

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