The West African Examination Council (WAEC), has debunked a report making the rounds by some online media platforms, that the council’s Registrar, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, threw shades at the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, by offering her a free arithmetic course.
According to a statement issued by the council’s head of public affairs, Abiodun Aduloju, WAEC described as ‘false and malicious’ the allegation, saying that such unruly demeanour was not in the character of its Registrar.
The statement reads: “The online 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 reside in Nigeria and has 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 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.”
Reports had emerged online, alleging that the Finance Minister had accused WAEC of not remitting accurate funds to Federal Government coffers, which allegedly prompted Dr. Uwadiae to have said that her calculations were inaccurate and went on to offer her a free course in arithmetic.