NECO withholds results of Katsina over piling debt
Reason why NECO withholds Katsina State students results revealed
There is anxiety among parents and students in Kano, Zamfara, Niger and Katsina states over the National Examination Council (NECO)’s refusal to allow them access their May/June 2019/2020 examination results, a month after it was officially released.
The examination body released the results on January 13, but withheld those of thousands of public schools’ students from Kano, Zamfara, Niger and Katsina over multi billion naira debts.
This development has created an atmosphere of uncertainty among parents who fear that their children may not meet up with the COVID-19 pandemic- disrupted academic calendar, particularly the post UTME screenings by universities.
Investigations by 21st Century Chronicle revealed that a piling debt running into billions forced NECO to shut its result servers and denied candidates from public schools in the affected states access.
Officials at NECO headquarters in Minna, Niger state, confirmed the debt profile of these states as the reason behind the withholding of the results, but refused to give details or speak to our reporters on record fearing backlash from the states.
The states, according to checks, funded the SSCE examinations of their students in public schools, who must have passed the qualifying exams.
Katsina is among the states where NECO withheld the results of students in public schools.
Malam Garba Malumfashi and Alhaji Sanusi Suleiman, the parents whose wards sat for the examination from Katsina College and Government Day Secondary School, Kofar Sauri, said they are afraid the delay may affect their children.
“My son Awwal has gone to check thrice but couldn’t access his results, and he is getting agitated by the day over the issue. I am appealing that the state government do something about this urgently,” Malumfashi said.
The state commissioner of education, Dr Lawal Badamasi, however, confirmed that all the exam bodies are yet to release results of candidates from the state because of unresolved issues.
“We have paid NABTEB completely and we are yet to get the results, likewise NBIAS, we have paid them completely and we are still waiting for the results,” he said.
“As for NECO, we have given them part payment and we are yet to hear from them. We will make inquiry into that and I will furnish you with the appropriate information including all the financial transactions involved,” he said.