Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, has said the confusion regarding the real amount individual states are owing the West African Examination Council, WAEC, was responsible for the delay in paying the outstanding fees.
WAEC had threatened to withhold the results of candidates in 19 states who wrote the May/June 2015 WASSCE following outstanding fees by the state governments.
Yari, who said his state was also involved in the matter in a chat with State House Correspondents late on Tuesday, attributed the situation to a mix-up.
“You see, including my own state, we are in that trouble. But the reason we are in that trouble is because we cannot ascertain the exact figure, which one is for the public, which one is for the private. It is a mix-up.
“Some state governments need to verify between the WAEC and their ministries of education and other departments of education. So, that’s why some states cannot pay.
“And yes of course, some states are giving free education. Those WAEC monies are not being paid by the parents. It is being sponsored by the government like ours.
“The first primary to be charged I think is the salaries. If the states cannot pay salaries, what do you expect about other secondary expenses? So, there is no surprise that some states cannot be able to do that, to pay their dues.
“But I think it’s something that we will discuss with some of the governors concerned and WAEC so that we will be able to know how this thing should not happen because of the future of our children,” he said.
On the bailout being planned for states by the Federal Government, Yari said the gesture would prevent some states from becoming failed states.
He said the Federal Government could not fold its hands while states were in trouble.
WAEC had put the debt owed it by the affected states at N4billion. It threatened not to release the results to the students from the affected states until the money was paid.

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