THE Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, approved that offenders of the laws guiding West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) will spend five years in jail.

The council, in giving the approval, directed the Ministry of Justice to take further necessary action on the subject.

The sanction was sequel to an enactment act to amend the WAEC Act brought before the council.

Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufai, alongside the ministers of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu; Environment, Hadiza Mailafia and Information, Labaran Maku, told State House correspondents that the approval was to give effect to the revised convention of WAEC, 2003 in Nigeria.

She confirmed bringing a memo brought before the council seeking approval for the enactment of an Act to amend the WAEC Act, CAP W4, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004 to give effect to the revised convention of WAEC, 2003 in Nigeria.

The 2004 Act, which was to be amended, contained disciplinary action against those who had committed the offence and recommended penalties for illegally using examination papers and leakage of examination papers, among others.

The council also approved a memo tendered by the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, seeking approval for thedraft national fire safety code for implementation nationwide.

The code prescribed minimum standards for the establishment of a reasonable level of fire safety, property protection from hazards resulting from fire, explosion and hazardous materials.

It equally stipulated safety requirements in building estates, markets and similar structures which must be met before approval of building development plans were granted by relevant authorities.

After deliberation, the council approved the code for implementation and asked theminister to submit the draft code to the national council of state.

The council also approved adoption of the national health waste management policy and guidelines, and the establishment of a proposed national steering committee.

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