NECO Withholds 30,000 Results In Niger over debt

The National Examination Council (NECO) has withheld over 30, 000 results ogf students in public schools in Niger as the  state government fails to pay their examination fees.

The students in students in public schools in Niger State who sat for the 2019 May/June NECO examination have not been able to Check their results released on August 2 , 2019 due to the inability of the state government to pay their school fees.

Secondary schools students in public schools in Niger State complained to our correspondent about their inability to access their NECO SSCE May/June results which will enables them to attend the post - UTME screening.
Meanwhile, the Niger State Government has admitted that it owes  NECO four hundred and seventy million Naira (N470M).

The Organizing Secretary, Niger State Ministry of Education, Abdullahi Aliyu,was contacted on Tuesday, He said, “ The Niger State government has been paying WAEC and NECO fees for public students from the previous government and the agreement has always been that when the state has funds , we pay them in installments.

Abdullahi said, “ NECO is owed N 420 million this year and the government has has started paying. Since last week Monday, we transferred N 150 million to them and we are still discussing with them to release the results of the public schools students but they have not released yet.
Hopefully, they may release the results today.

" For us as the state government, we do not have enough funds to release all the results at once but as a responsive government , we know what we are suppose to do and that's exactly what we want to do. Once we have the money, we will settle them.
We have given  them what we have and we will stop, we will continue to give them what we have until we clear the whole debts .”

The Organizing Secretary, then, said that if the result was not released before the end of today (Friday), they would look other possible ways to pay the debts, adding that one of the staffs in the ministry of Education in Niger State was still in a meeting with the examination board NECO.

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