The National Examinations Council (NECO) has withheld results of the May/June Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), belonging to students in public secondary schools in Niger state due to debts owed by the government.
Eye9ja learned that the students were unable to access their National Examinations Council (NECO) results after the results were released on August 27.
While speaking, the students bemoaned their inability to access their results which is compulsory in order to attend the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screenings of the universities of their various choice.
However, Niger State Government has admitted that it is owing the examination body a sum of N470 million and it has paid the sum of N150 million with the view of balancing.
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Abubakar Aliyu, who spoke to newsmen admitted said; “The state government has been paying NECO and West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for its students from the previous government and the arrangement has always been that when the government has funds, we pay in instalments.
“NECO is owed N400 million this year and the government has begun the payment. Last 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 (Monday).”
“For us, as a government, we do not have money to release at once. But as a responsive government, we have a clear picture of what we want to do. Once we get money, we will make release to them. Within the availability of resources, we have given what we have and we will continue to give them what we have until we clear the accumulated debts.”