The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has asked Government Agencies to show responsibility to the people they serve and hold them in high esteem, beyond core regulatory roles.

Osinbajo stated this on Monday, March 14th, 2022, when he received a delegation of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for the Council’s 70th Annual Meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement he signed on Monday titled ‘Gov’t agencies must hold citizens in high esteem, be responsible to them–Osinbajo’.

“It is very important that we show respect for our citizens and show that we are concerned about them, that we are not just a regulatory body that feels that its role is just tobe a policeman and all of that”, he said.

Vice President, Osinbajo, also highlighted and praised the prompt response of the examinations body to the issue of some candidates having difficulties regarding the National Identification Number (NIN), where the body responded that due to the challenges with the NIMC portal at the time, the affected candidates could still sit for the exams.

He expressed that he was personally happy that WAEC was responsive and aligning with the digital technology age in different areas.

“These kinds of quick responses show respect for citizens.

“Just looking at the press reports and what WAEC has done, it has shown that it is very responsive to the needs of society. I was particularly impressed by the new digital certification that was announced some time ago, that if one lost his/her WAEC certificate, you could apply for the digital copy, which means your records are never lost.

“There is no need for the long and hard process of seeking for a certified (physical) copy. I think this is a true response to the times. That is very good”, he added.

Asma’u Sani