Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State regretted that the previous administration had refused to pay students’ examination fees to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) for three years.
Lawal claimed that the education system in the State had completely collapsed since the government owed the two examination organizations a total of N3.4 billion Naira.
The immediate prior Government owed WAEC N1.8 billion and owing NECO N1.6 billion, Governor Lawal said through the State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Hon. Mannir Mu’azu Haidara.
The secondary school graduates were unable to continue their study because WAEC and NECO delayed releasing their results for three years.
Nonetheless, he claimed, “the debt was cleared and the examination boards were assured of prompt payment” once the current administration took office.
He continued, saying that the State’s Schools Feeding Agency, which had been closed because it could not pay contractors supplying meals to pupils, had been reopened under the management of Dauda Lawal.
Education, security, the economy, and many other spheres have all crumbled under the current administration’s watch, he claims.
Haidara went on to say that the new administration inherited four months’ worth of salary arrears for workers and pensions, which Lawal’s administration had paid off.
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