The Niger state House of Assembly has mandated its Committee on education and that of Legislative Compliance to investigate the withholding of results of 30,000 candidates from public schools in the state who sat for the National Examination Council (NECO) Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) in 2019 and 2020.
The resolution to institute the probe was taken at the plenary of the Assembly on Tuesday after adopting a motion moved by Honourable Madaki Malik Bosso representing Bosso constituency under matters of urgent public importance.
In the motion supported by Shaba Gbara of Mokwa constituency, Honourable Madaki noted that state government through the state ministry of education has collected NECO registration fees from non-indigenes candidates and others who were not qualified to benefit from government payment of NECO examination fees but did not remit same to NECO.
He said that, “this issue is of great concern to parents and all of us. Over 30000 students have been denied access to their NECO results because of the accumulated debts by government for 2019 and 2020 examinations conducted by the body”
This according to the lawmaker has affected the students’ opportunity to gain admission into universities and other higher institutions, adding that “some of the students sat made it in JAMB but unfortunately cannot get admission due to the withheld results”.
After heated debate, the Speaker of the Assembly, Honourable Bawa Wuse mandated the House Committees on Education and that of Legislative Compliance to investigate and submits their report within one week.