WAEC Boss Describes Sinking Boat Saga as Disastrous


The head of WAEC National office in Liberia Dale Gbotoe says, the entity is seriously heartbroken following the Sinking of a vessel carrying nine of its staff.

Mr. Gbotoe said accounting for just one out of nine staff on board the Niko Ivanko vessel is troubling for the entity.

“I am speaking with a very heavy heart, the eleven names that were called so far only one of my staff names was called, it means eight are yet to be accounted for” he intoned.

According to Mr. Gbotoe, the sinking vessel of over twenty occupants is a major tragedy for Liberia.

He said the office of the West African Examinations Council is seriously saddened and called on families of the victims to remain calm as rescued efforts continue.

The WAEC boss is however calling for a National prayer service.

Mr. Gbotoe was speaking Monday on the sideline of a joint Press Conference held by the Liberia Maritime Authority, AFL, and NPA among others.

Meanwhile, Dale Gbotoe has called for the immediate suspension for the conduct of WAEC Exams for third and sixth graders nationwide.

He said the new dates for the tests will remain unknown until otherwise other.

“For now the tests have been postponed because we are not in our right minds, we have recalled our staff” he noted.

It can be recalled on Saturday, July 17, 2021 a vessel carrying over twenty-eight occupants from Monrovia to Harper sank along the Marshall River.

Since the incident at least eleven people have been rescued, with the remaining ones still be unaccounted for.

AFL chief of Staff Prince C. Johnson, III said Search and rescued efforts are continuing to recover passengers and crew members on board the vessel.

General Johnson said the army regular patrol has deployed its operations where the incident occurred especially around little Bassa and Marshall Areas.


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