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19 States Owe Us — NECO

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Daniel Ojukwu

The National Examination Council has said that it is being owed for examinations conducted in 19 States.

Appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Finance on Wednesday, it said it conducted exams in credit in 19 States.

The Examinations Council’s Director of Finance and Administration, Dr. Jacob Ekele said Zamfara owed the biggest debt of over N1bn.

He said, “As of today about 19 states owe NECO. The exams were conducted for them on credit, especially Zamfara State. It has the highest (debt). Kogi is not paying for its candidates, the candidates are paying for themselves. But some of these states, the governments pay for them, unlike Kogi that doesn’t pay N1 for anybody.”

Chairman of the Committee, James Faleke said the probe of INEC’s funds would be extended from 2014 to 2011.

He asked NECO to submit their statement of account, number of enrollees and money paid for examinations.

NECO is expected to remit N6bn to the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government according to the Committee’s report.

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