By Abdullberqy U Ebbo
It is indeed true that Niger state government has a debt of N694M, most of which were bequeathed by and inherited from previous administration.
The sum, which resulted from free education programme of the erstwhile administration, accrued from lack of payment of WAEC fees, as agreed upon between the administrations and WAEC, especially those in state-owned secondary schools, which enjoyed the free education programmes commenced by erstwhile government.
Consequently, due to non-compliance with agreements, The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) decided to withhold results of affected candidates that sat for the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The fate of the over 49,000 candidates who sat for the examination in the state cannot and will not be left uncertain, knowing well that they may not be able to access their results for admission into tertiary institutions, without the payment.
Seeing the free education programme as laudable, the current administration, has keyed into same.
According to the agreement, and depending on availability of cash to government, the money would be redeemed in tranches, the third of which was paid just last week.
Surprisingly however, and upon the payment, WAEC insisted it must get additional money before it could release the results, as it has done in some other states.
Consequently, government, because of the value it attaches to education, has agreed to redeem more of the owed bulk, just to free students to access their results and proceed with their studies.
But it will be good to urge the public to discard stories making the rounds regarding a sitting governor who does not care for their children, and who should be condemned for not paying WAEC fees of their, having pledged to support free education programme it inherited from earlier administration.
It is needles to iterate that the administration of Governor Abu Sani Bello is genuinely ready about moving the state up the desirable scale in the field of education, which informed the decision to embark on whole school renovation projects, renovations affecting well over 600 basic schools across the 25 councils of the state and the reconstruction/upgrading of Schools of Nursing in the state.
Students who are affected should therefore expect the release of their results very soon, as necessary payments had been made. Those who sat for WAEC need to have their results, processes regarding which is already being concluded now.
Governor Sani Bello has been doing well and will continue to do more to support the growth of education and development of knowledge in Niger STATE.
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