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Niger owes WAEC, NECO N664m

Niger state government has disclosed that it owes N664 million to the two major examination bodies in the country, the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO).

The state Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Fatima Magudu, who told journalists in Minna on Monday explained that the debt was inherited by the government from its predecessors.

It was earlier reported that students in the state public schools have not been able to access their WEAC results due to the debts owed to the examination body.

Students and parents have been worried and have besieged the WAEC office in Minna demanding for reasons why the results cannot be accessed and they were directed to the state Ministry of Education to get explanations.

However, the Commissioner disclosed that five million had been given to WAEC to offset this year’s bill to enable the students’ access their results.

She said that the balance of the other debts is gradually being repaid by the state government.

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.