Families Of Those Who Perished In The Niko Ivanka Vessel Reject Schedule WAEC Exam For 12th Graders

By Our Staff

A sinking ship – Image for illustration only – Credit: roibu/AdobeStock

As the Ministry of Education finalizing the schedule the West Africa Examination Council for Liberian high school students this week, family members of those who died including staff of WAEC Monrovia when Niko Ivanka sunk on the Atlantic Ocean are calling on the Ministry of Education to immediately suspend the scheduled WAEC test.

Speaking on a local radio station today, August 18, 2021 in Monrovia said it will be unfair while they are still grieving the loss of their family members who were members of the WAEC that died while on their way to administer said exam to Maryland County, for the Ministry to schedule an exam.

The Ministry of Education and WAEC have rescheduled the 12th grader to take the exam this week, it was earlier cancelled due to the accident.

In a related development, Senate Committees on Defense and Intelligence and Maritime are said to be divided over the findings of the report by the investigative team.

Some members of the Committee, who didn’t want to be named, told a local daily that the report presented to the House of Representatives by the owner of the vessel was contrary to Senator Steve Zargo’s report presented to the media Wednesday.

Requesting anonymity, one Senator told FrontPageAfrica: “We will speak out, but we are awaiting the findings from the House of Representatives report, we are told that the shipowner met with the House of Representatives Wednesday and what Zargo told the press is different from what the shipowner told members of the House of Representatives.”

Continuing, the Senator added: “We are talking about human lives, let the Senator Stop politicizing this, the family of those people are grieving.”

The Senator believes Zargo, chairman of the joint committee and Senator of Lofa County, “made huge errors”, claiming his report contradicted the official response of the management of the wrecked Niko Ivanka vessel.

But Senator Zargo, when contacted, rebuffed claims levied against him of contradicting an earlier report presented to the House of Representatives by the management of Niko Ivanka.

It is gathered that the management of the vessel told the House of Representatives Wednesday that Maritime was fully aware of the vessel leaving the Port.

Our source said the owner of the vessel told lawmakers Wednesday that what happened was an accident. “You can buy a brand-new car today and it can make accident, our vessel was never banned because it was faulty,” our source quoted the vessel owner as saying.

“We are on the water every week and Maritime has agents at the Port. The boat was never banned by Maritime, as it was claimed by Maritime boss Nagbe. It is only this morning we heard the Maritime boss Eugene Lenn Nagbe saying that,” the company’s communication head and current acting General manager, Tito Logan said.

According to Logan, Maritime collects its dues from the company every time and there is no way the vessel could leave the Port facilities without Maritime authorization and the Port management.

Mr. Logan said if the vessel was banned as stated by the Maritime boss because it didn’t meet the safety requirements of Maritime, they wouldn’t have been making trips every week.

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