The National Examination Council (NECO) has withheld results of over thirty thousand candidates in public secondary schools in Niger State over inability of the state government to pay their exam fees, which has made them unable to access their NECO May/June SSCE.
Some of the students that spoke to pressmen bemoaned their inability to access their results in order to attend post-UTME screenings of higher institutions of their choice.
The state government, on their part, has admitted that they are owing NECO N400 milliom but have been able to pay about N150 million.
According to findings made available to schoolworld, the Permanent Secretary of the Niger State Ministry of Education, Abubakar Aliyu, confirmed that the state is owning NECO but appealed for consideration to enable the students to access their results especially for those due for post-UTME screenings.
“The state government has been paying NECO and WAEC for its students from the previous administrations adnd the arrangement has always been that when the government has funds, we pay.
“NECO is owed N400 million this year and the government has commenced the payment. Last week Friday, we remitted N150 million to them and we are still negotiating with them to release the results but they have not. Hopefully, they may release it today,” he stated.
The Permermant Secretary also revealed that the governnment does not have enough money to pay NECO at once, assuring that they will pay whenever funds are available.
He added by saying that if the results are not released today, the state government would look for other ways of settling the debts.