Govt pays N200m to NECO for release of 30,000 results

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Govt pays N200m to NECO for release of 30,000 results

The Niger government says it has paid N200 million to the
National Examination Council (NECO), to ensure the release
of results of 30,000 students being withheld by the
examination body.
A statement by Mrs. Mary Berje, Chief Press Secretary to
Gov Abubakar Bello, said on Tuesday in Minna that the
money was part of the examination fees the north-central
state was owing the examination body.
It said that government had paid more than N1 billion to
various examination bodies in the last three years, as part of
efforts to provide free education to students in the state.
The statement added that the state government had agreed
to pay the examination body N50 million monthly, to defray
the outstanding balance that had accrued over the years.
“The state government has met with the officials of NECO;
we have agreed in principle, after making some payments
last week, that they will release the results this week,” it
said.
The statement expressed government’s commitment and
effort towards revamping the education sector, adding that
the sector was a top priority of the Bello-led administration.

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