Important Information about WAEC Nigeria


About us 
  The West African Examinations Council is West Africa’s foremost examining board established by law
to determine the examinations required in the public interest in the English-speaking West African
countries, to conduct the examinations and to award certificates comparable to those of equivalent
examining authorities internationally.

By this mandate, the Council is expected to:

  • Assist in the development of sound education
  • Ensure that educational standards are maintained
  • Give the people of West Africa a vision of the great potentials which lie beyond examinations.          .

WAEC’s vision is to be a world-class examining body, adding value of the education goals of its stakeholders. Its mission is to remain Africa’s foremost examining body, providing qualitative and reliable educational assessment, encouraging academics and moral excellence and promoting sustainable human resource development and international cooperation.

In its sixty years of existence, the Council has achieved its mission in very large measure. For instance it has over the years developed a team of well-trained and highly motivated staff and has administered examinations that are both valid and relevant to the educational aspirations of member countries. Its certificates enjoy international recognition. WAEC has also been promoting the ideals of hardwork and honesty in the youth through its awards for outstanding performance in its examinations.

The Council conducts several international and national examinations in all member countries except Nigeria where it has shed all but one of its examinations, The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates in May/June and private candidates in November/December.



To be a world-class examining body adding value to the educational goals of its stakeholders.

To remain Africa’s foremost examining body, providing qualitative and reliable educational assessment, encouraging academic and moral excellence and promoting sustainable human resource development and international


  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Team work
  • Innovativeness
WAEC Profile 
  The Council has the responsibility of determining examinations required in the public interest in West Africa and to conduct such examinations and to award certificates.

The Council, which now operates under a revised convention signed in 2003 consists of 34 members, representing the Governments, the Universities, Secondary Schools and other interests in the five member countries. Under the Convention, the chairmanship of the Council rotates every three years among present member-countries. Prof. Pius Augustine Ike Obanya of Nigeria is the current Chairman. The first Chairman under the Convention was Nigeria’s Professor M. 0. Oyawoye whose term spanned from 1985 to 1988.

Nigeria is represented by 12 members, 5 of whom are nominees of the Federal Government. The Director of Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja is statutorily the Chief Government Nominee on the Council. He is also the Chairman of the Nigeria National Committee of the Council and the Administrative and Finance Committee.

Appointed by the Government
Barr. D.C. Uwaezuoke, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja.
Col. Shehu Ibrahim (Rtd), 32, Ali Akilu Road, 2nd Floor, Suite 10, Kaduna.
Mrs. Dorothy Nwoke, Hits The Spot Restaurant, House 102, 4th Avenue Gwarinpa Housing Estate, Abuja.
Dr. Olu Ogunye, 156, Surulere Street, Esso, Ondo State.
Arc. Dahiru Saidu, No 19, Dawaki Quarters, Opposite Children’s Park, Emir’s

Council functions through committees which include:
The International Administrative and Finance Committee
The International Examinations Committee
The International Appointments Committee
The International Tenders Board
The National Committee(s)

The Chief Executive is the Registrar whose office is at the Headquarters Office in Accra, Ghana. Each member country has a National Office which is headed by a Head of National Office, who is in charge of the activities of the Council in that country, while the Registrar coordinates the five National Offices. In addition, the Registrar supervises the Head of Research Division (the Headquarters of which is in Nigeria, with branches in the other countries); the Director, Human Resource Management; Directors of Audit and Finance; and the Director of Administration.

The Council’s functions in each member country are carried out through two line Divisions: the Test Development Division and Test Administration Division. While the Test Development Division produces the syllabuses and tests to be taken, the Test Administration Division conducts the tests, and issues results and certificates. In achieving their goals, the two Divisions are actively supported by the General Administration, the Computer Services and Finance Divisions. The Heads of these five divisions report to the Head of National Office.

The Council has two main sources of revenue to execute its operations. They are examination fees and subventions from the various governments.
Because education is regarded as a social service by the governments of member-countries of the Council, the Council is not allowed to charge economic fees for conducting examinations. The understanding has been that the shortfall between the operating costs and the fees collected, would be provided by the governments in the form of subventions. The various governments have tried to fulfil their obligations but the shortfalls have never been fully provided.

Government subventions to Council are usually in two parts:

Funds for the International Obligations.
Funds for national operations.

Funds for the Headquarters expenses which constitute the International Obligations of member-countries to Council are apportioned from time to time following agreed parameters. The current ratio is as follows:

Nigeria 54.25%
Ghana 30.01%
Sierra-Leone 6.91%
The Gambia 6.54%
Liberia 2.29%

The apportionment is arrived at, using such factors as workload, and number of candidates, among others. The government of each country is expected to meet the short-fall in the budget for the national operations.

In 1982, the Council set up an Endowment Fund mainly for collecting/receiving donations to prosecute its major capital expenditure of establishing a Security Printing Press; administer excellence and merit awards for outstanding performances in its examinations and fund other educational projects and research.

 1(a) Members of Council
  • Prof. Pius Augustine Ike Obanya – Chairman of Council
  • Barr. Daniel Chike – Vice Chairman
 2(b) Representing The Gambia

  • Mr. Baboucarr Buoy
  • Mr. Alpha A. Khan
  • Mr Karamo S. Bojang
  • Mr.Momodou Lamin Tarro

(c) Repesenting Ghana

  • Mr. Benedicta N. Biney
  • Major S.M Tara (Rtd)
  • Mr. H. Tackey
  • Prof. K. Osam
  • Mr. K. Awua – Peasah
  • Mr. S. Ofori Adjei

(d) Representing Nigeria

  • Barr. D.C. Uwaezuoke
  • Col Shehu Ibrahim (Rtd.)
  • Mrs. Dorothy Nwoke
  • Dr. Olu Ogunye
  • Arc. Dahiru Saidu
  • Lady Agodi N. Onyeaso
  • Alhaji Garba Kamaye Mohammed
  • Hajia Fatima Abdulalrahaman
  • Mr. Jili Dandam Danjuma Esq
  • Mr. V. Adegoroye
  • Mr. A.O Ogunruka
  • Mr. Ishegh – Nor Orje

(e) Representing Sierra – Leone

  • Mr. M. Sallieu – Kamara
  • Mr. Solomon Fofona
  • Mr. Nabie Kamara
  • Mr. Michael Samba
  • Dr. (Mrs) Dele Sannoh

(f) Representing Liberia

  • Hon. (Dr.) Mator F. Kangbai
  • Hon. Roselyn H. Swaray
  • Mr. Momo Kamara
  • Prof. (Dr.) Saaim W. Naame
 3The Registrar – Dr. Iyi Uwadiae
Head Of Offices
Rev. S. N. V. OllennuAccra , Ghana
Mr. S.M. SapatehFreetown, Sierra Leone
Prof. Thomas K.GaieMoronvia, Liberia
Mr. Charles M. EguriduLagos , Nigeria
Mr. Pateh BahBanjul , The Gambia



Heads of Divisions (Nigeria National Office)
Mr. Charles M. EguriduHead of National Office
Mrs. E. .M. OyeduntanDirector of Finance
Mr. S. B.  TaiwoDirector of Admin
Mr. J.S. OkeAg Director (CSD)
Mr. M. MafuvweAg. Head (Test Development)
Mr. D.C. OgbonnaAg. Head (Test Admin)

Head of Departments/Section/Unit

Mr. I.S. OmoyaWorks Department
Mrs. V. U. NwachukwuSecurity Printing Department
Ag.Head Mr. Y. D. AriPublic Affairs Department
Mr. S.O.O. Ojo Esq.Legal Department


Mrs. B. A. OjeleyeTreasury
Mr. J.S. ObebeAccount & Branches
Mr. G.U. IheExpenditure


Mr. P.F. OhaeriPrivate Candidate Exams Dept
Mr. .M.M. IkhinaScripts Room
Mrs. D.U. OnuorahSchool Exam Dept
Mr. J.R. AdebayoSecurity Exam. Co-ord.
Mr A. OshinExaminers’ Records


Mrs. M.A. OyebodeABSD
Mrs. O.O AjibadeScience Dept
Alhaja (Mrs) S.O. OlaniganPost Exam Dept
Mr. Idowu E. OjoAG. Head MTSD
Mrs.Y.R.A OyediranLanguage Dept
Mrs. H.O. HassanAG. Head Aptitude Test Dept.


Dr. B. F. FagbamilaClinic
Mr. A. FaboroHRMD
Mr. G.S. DandakMeetings Unit


Mr C. .D. Oforhae-Facility Dept
Mr. M.O. OmoregieProgramming Dept
Mrs. O.O. AtekojaSystems Dept
Mr. F.A. AdewaleProduction Control Dept
Mr. O.A. AjayiOperations Dept
Mr. B.D. InyangJos
Mr. A.C. AdemujimiPort Harcourt
Mr. K.E. EkekweAbuja
Mr. J.E. OfoegbuOwerri
Mr. O. OlusolaUyo
Mr. J.O. IjitolaMaiduguri
Mr. I.C. OnyimaduBenin
Mr. O.C. NzehEnugu
Mr. S.A. SalawuIbadan
Mr. R.A. UmanahSokoto
Mr. O.I.AdenipekunKaduna
Mrs. C.O. AgwuIkeja


1. Mr. O. M AdebayoYenagugoa
2. Mr. B.A. FadahunsiCalabar
3. Mrs. F.N. Iweha OnukwuAsaba
4. Mr. P.E. AreghanKano
5. Mrs. Z.A. UnegbuIlorin
6. Mr. P.O. AkpomuaireMinna
7. Mr. K.B. OlaAkure
8. Mrs. J.N. NnajiAkwa
9. Mr. J.N. IdamaBauchi
10. Mr. H.S.A. OsideindeOsogbo
11. Mr. M.O. OgunyemiAbeokuta
12. Mr. J.O. PopoolaKastina
13. Mr.N.O UbakaMakurdi
14. Mr. S.O AwokunleAdo Ekiti
15. Mrs E.N. OnoduAbakaliki
16. Mr. A.J. DangutYola
17. Mr. S.D. KumGasau


1. Mr T.O. AdekeyeIkorodu Satellite Office
2. Mr A.D. OluwafemiOjo Satellite Office
  The Council conducts four categories of examinations: International Examinations such as the WASSCE, SC/GCE 0/Level and the HSC/GCE A/Level; National Examinations such as the Senior School Certificate, Technical, Business Studies, and Common Entrance Examinations; Examinations conducted in collaboration with other examining bodies, such as City and Guilds of London Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts; Examinations conducted on behalf of other examining bodies, such as University of London GCE examination for non-West Africans, Scholastic Aptitude Test and Graduate Record Examinations for Educational Testing Service, Princeton, USA and JAMB Examination in countries outside Nigeria. In Nigeria, however, WAEC has shed all but one of its examinations; the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which is for both school and private candidates. WAEC’s newly acquired state-of-the-art Microplex solid 90E Continuous Laser Printer for embossing candidates’ photographs on certificates. Council hopes to completely eliminate impersonation in it’s exams with the embossment of photographs on certificates.


Examination Loop (Behind Ridge Hospital)
P.O. Box GP 125, Accra, Ghana.
Tel: (233-302)-248967
Fax: (233-302)-222905

Research Division & Headquarters Office
3 Watchtower Avenue,
Onipanu, Somolu, Lagos
Private Mail Bag 1076. Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: (234-1)-5820266,5820704,7915675,7914351-6
Fax:(234-1) 5820265

21, Hussey Street, Yaba;
Private Mail Bag 1022, Yaba, Lagos.
Tel: (01) 7305150,961016,2136455,8974569



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