Nigerian Governors We Don’t Know How Much We Owe WAEC
State governments are owing the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) fees because of their inability to ascertain the exact amount of money involved in the registration of students they sponsored. The chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Abdulazeez Yari of Zamfara state, said this in an interview with State House journalists yesterday. WAEC Head of Nigeria National Office Charles Eguridu had on Monday said the council was on the verge of bankruptcy due to nonpayment of N4 billion entry fees for government-sponsored candidates for the May/June 2015 WASCE by 19 states. But Yari, who confessed that his state was among the debtors, cited a mix up, saying the affected states had to verify the figure involved before payment. “You see, including my own state, we’re in that trouble. But the reason we’re in that trouble is because we cannot ascertain the exact figure, which one is for the public, which one is for the private. It is a mix up,” he said. “The first primary to be charged I think is the salaries. If the states cannot pay salaries, how much more about other secondary expenses? There is no surprise that some states cannot be able to do that, to pay their dues,” Yari said.