According to reports, the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) have refused to release the 2016 SSCE results of candidates in public secondary schools in Niger state due to the non-payment of examination fees by the state government.
It was gathered that the Niger state government is owing both examination bodies to the tune of N700 million.
Investigation shows that WAEC is being owned over N400 million while NECO is being owned over N200 million.
WAEC released its results for the May/June Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) a month ago while NECO released its June/July SSCE results last week.
The agony of the students is that they have up till 12 noon on Friday to uphold their results for admission into various tertiary institutions in the country.
The students who were seen in most cyber cafes in the state have been complaining bitterly on their inability to access their results which may lead to denial of admission this year.
The examination bodies have insisted that they will not release the results until payment is made by the state government.
However, a Source close to the state government disclosed that the Acting Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Ketso have directed that part of the debts be settled before 12 noon Wednesday to enable the results to be released.
Ketso was said to have directed that N200 million be paid to WAEC while N100 million should be paid to NECO as the examination bodies are being assured of the payment soonest.
The Source further disclosed that the default in payment on the part of the government was due to financial constraint especially as the state government had promised to pay the examination fees of the students.
Confirming this in a telephone chat with our Correspondent, the state Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Fatima Magudu said that the students will start accessing their results very soon.
She said that the issue about the payment is being resolved as government is putting in its best to address the situation.
“The students will start accessing their results very soon, before friday. The issue about the payment is being resolved.”