The plan of the federal of Nigeria to lift the ban on Twitter may be excellent news to students and candidates of 2021 examinations (UTME, WAEC, NECO and NABTEB) in Nigeria. Before the ban, Twitter is that the main source of live updates from the examination bodies. Since the ban on the microblogging site, candidates need to depend upon third parties for updates because the examination bodies don’t operate social media accounts apart from Twitter.
Prior to the ban, the Twitter handle of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) was actively responding to enquiries on registration, collection of certificates, collection of results and varied other issues. As soon because the ban was effected, WAEC’s Twitter handle became inactive. This made it mandatory for people to visit WAEC offices for necessary enquiry. Checks show that the Twitter handle of WAEC in Nigeria (@waecnigeria) was last active on June 1, 2021. If the ban is eventually lifted, updates about WAEC examinations are going to be available once more.
The Federal Ministry of Education wont to post education updates, scholarship openings and workshop schedules on its Twitter handle (@NigEducation). With the ban of Twitter, such information was not accessible. By the time the govt reopens twitter, parents and other stakeholders are going to be ready to get direct information from the ministry.
Soon after the results of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME) were released, there have been rumours of rescheduling the examination and upgrading of UTME scores. Unfortunately, JAMB couldn’t debunk the rumours in real-time. The examination body had to spend money to arrange a news conference. With a lifting of the ban, JAMB is going to be ready to clear the air at no cost.
At the top of the day, students are going to be one of the main beneficiaries of the restoration of Twitter in Nigeria.