West African Examination Council, WAEC, yesterday revisited its seizure of the results of candidates of the May/June 2015 Senior Secondary School Certificate, SSSCE, from 13 states over the non-payment of their registration fees by their state governments.
The exam body said that after the intervention of various stakeholders including the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, it had resolved to release the results today.
The Council had on Monday announced the withholding of the results and released those of other states which governors had fully or partially paid the students’ fees..
But after a meeting of officials of NGF and WAEC in Abuja yesterday, Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Charles Eguridu, told journalists that the Council had decided to heed the appeals from to release the results, especially because affected candidates would need the results for admission purposes.
Eguridu said the Council realised that the failure in the states’ payment of the examination fees was because of the prevailing economic challenges in the country.
He said: “Our decision to open this window of opportunity, that is the resort to advance payment guarantees for affected states, was as a result of our appreciation of the prevailing economic challenges facing the country and in order not to jeopardise the educational progress of the candidates of the affected states.
“However, following appeals from our stakeholders, including parents, the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, notable Nigerians, other well -meaning citizens and most importantly, the intervention of the secretariat of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, which we have informed is on the directive of the chairman of the forum and governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, who has indicated that the forum will positively resolve the matter as soon as possible, we have decided to hearken to appeals and review our earlier position.
“More so, the continued withholding of the results will adversely affect the educational prospects of the affected candidates for admission purposes.
“Consequently, the management of the Council has decided that the results of the candidates of indebted states would be released in deference to all the appeals and commitment of the NGF.
“The results are, therefore, to be uploaded on our website in the next 24 hours. This decision is based on our wish not to impede the educational progress of any Nigerian child,” Eguridu said.

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