The Federal House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a motion urging the Federal Government to declare the 2023 and 2024 WAEC, NECO and JAMB examinations free for all students so people can directly benefit from the fuel subsidy removal palliatives.
Although it was seen as an applaud able decision the House also rejected an amendment to the motion asking lawmakers to adopt at least one school each in their constituency, and pay the examination fees of the pupils.
While debating a motion by Hon Dekeri Anamero (APC, Edo), the House called for caution in adopting the motion as it could snare lawmakers
However, the house Leader, Hon Julius Ihonvbare, who supported the motion, pointed out the lawmakers should lead by example by adopting at least one school in their constituency and pay either the WAEC or NECO fees of the pupils.
Hon Ihonvbare’ position was supported by Minority Leader Kingsley Chinda, who argued that some lawmakers are already doing that.
However, Hon Alhasaan Ado Doguwa, warned against adopting the motion, saying it could put the lawmakers in trouble.
In his own contribution, Hon Awaji-Inombek Abiante warned against adopting the motion because the House cannot give what it does not have. adding that it would be discriminatory to ask members to choose one school from their constituency and take care of the examination fees.
He then asked the House to either step down the motion or throw it out completely ‘as the parliament lacks the power to ensure compliance with its prayers’.
Following divergent opinions on the motion, the House voted to step it down.