For three years, the previous administration in Zamfara State did not pay the students’ examination fees to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO). This has been noted by the current governor, Dauda Lawal.
Lawal claimed that the education system in the State had completely collapsed since the government owed the two examination organizations a total of N3.4 billion Naira.
The immediate prior Government owed WAEC N1.8 billion and owing NECO N1.6 billion, Governor Lawal said through the State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Hon. Mannir Mu’azu Haidara.
For three years, WAEC and NECO failed to distribute secondary school graduates’ exam results, preventing them from continuing their study.
The debt was paid off and the examination boards were promised speedy payment, he claimed, once the current administration took office.
Continuing, he said that Dauda Lawal’s administration had restored the State’s Schools Feeding Agency, which had been closed because it was unable to pay contractors that supplied meals to pupils.
Education, security, the economy, and many other spheres have all crumbled under the current administration’s watch, he claims.
According to Haidara, Lawal’s administration paid out the four months’ worth of salary arrears owed to workers and pensioners before the new administration took office.