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Kano, Niger, Zamfara, others owe NECO N1.8b exam debts

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KANO, Niger, Zamfara, Adamawa,  Gombe and Borno States are owing  N1.8 billion in exam debts to National Examination Council (NECO).

  NECO’s Director of Finance and Account (DFA), Jacob Ekele, gave the figure yesterday, while fielding questions from an investigative panel of House of Representatives Committee on Finance, yesterday.

Explaining that the debts accrued from students registered by the six states for examination in 2019, Ekele also said that NECO had made repeated demands to the debtor states but nothing happened.

  According to him, Zamfara State topped the list with N1.2 billion followed by Adamawa with N281.4 million. Kano owes N240.4 million; Niger owes N234.4 million; Borno owes N40.2 million while Gombe owes N7.2 million.

  However, Chairman of House Committee on Finance, James Abiodun Faleke, queried NECO officials for underreporting the incomes received by the organisation in the memorandum submitted to the committee.

  Directing that all NECO administrative officers across the 36 states and the FCT should provide details of students’ registrations, number of schools and remittances made to the federal government from 2010 till date and appear before it in two weeks’ time, the committee also stressed that NECO should get letters from the state governments indebted to the examination body to confirm its claims.

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