States owe NECO N5.5bn for 11 years – Registrar 

 

The National Examination Council (NECO) has been owed a total of N5.5 billion since 2012, the Registrar of the council, Professor Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, has said. 

Prof Wushishi disclosed this Tuesday while releasing the 2023 SSCE results in Minna. 

Although the Registrar did not name the states involved in the debt, he explained that the governments of affected states usually have an understanding with NECO to pay on behalf of candidates’ parents but failed to meet up such commitment. 

He said, “we are appealing to affected governments to settle their debts because we rely on internal revenue generated from the registration of candidates to carry out our responsibilities.”

He however hinted that states that are yet to pay for this year may risk seizure of results from their states unless they meet up with the payment schedule entered into with the council. 

Speaking on the performance of candidates in the examination, the Registrar said 737, 308 candidates made five credits in English and Mathematics.

He said, “Number of candidates with five credits above, including English and Mathematics, is 737, 308 representing 61.60%. Candidates with five credits and above irrespective of English and Mathematics is 1,013 612, representing 84.68%”.

He explained that 12, 030 candidates were involved in various examination malpractices as against 13,594 candidates recorded last year.