The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has faulted the failure of the governments of 13 states to pay the backlog of fees owed as the reason it decided to hold on to the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results of its candidates.
The council also flayed at the unconcerned attitude of the 13 states’ governments to honour the agreement reached by both parties in the wake of the examination, saying that it signalled a ‘symptom of bigger problems.’
Speaking to The Punch on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer of the council, Mr. Demianus Ojijeogu, who refused to mention the names of the debtor states, stated that the affected states are owing WAEC a total of N2 billion.
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Ojijeogu, however, bared that eight of the debtor states were from the north, while three and two states were from the South-South and South-West geo- political zones of the country, respectively.
The PRO also said that some of the states owed the council since 2014, adding that an agreement was reached early this year for the debtor states to pay 40 per cent of the total cost of the 2016 examination as a requirement for their pupils to sit for the examination.
He continued: “They reneged on the agreement we had during registration. We agreed that they should pay 40 per cent of the registration cost and pay the rest later. We used the payment to offset the backlog because some of them have owed us since 2014.
“We even told them to give us Advance Payment Guaranty from reputable banks, but one of the states brought a document from a branch of a commercial bank, not even from the headquarters of the bank. We were lenient last year and we released the results. But, if you leave it to some of them, they will not pay for five or 10 years. We will not do that this year. That is our leverage and we cannot go bankrupt because of them.’’