After a prolonged seven-year period of debt accumulation, the Niger State government has successfully cleared outstanding debts of N205 million owed to the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and N150 million owed to the National Examinations Council (NECO). As a result, students affected by the unpaid fees can now access their results.
Governor Muhammed Umaru Bago, alarmed by the substantial debt and its adverse impact on students, took decisive action to resolve the issue. He ordered the immediate settlement of the WAEC debt and initiated a standing order of N30 million to be paid monthly to NECO, starting from June this year.
Already, N150 million has been paid to NECO, effectively reducing the backlog of N500 million.
Aisha Wakaso, the Special Adviser on Print Media to the state Governor, emphasized the administration’s commitment to prioritizing education at all levels. “The present administration of Bago has accorded education a top priority and will do all within its resources to uplift the standard of education in the state for accelerated development,” she declared.
In addition to resolving the education-related debts, the state government has taken delivery of seventeen sample Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, intended for commercial transportation. Governor Bago has approved the forthcoming delivery of the remaining buses to fully implement the government’s transportation project.
Once all buses are delivered, 100 vehicles will serve as commercial transportation for commuters along the Minna-Suleja-Abuja route, 50 will be used for transportation within Minna, the state capital, primarily for students and civil servants, and the remaining 50 will be distributed across the state’s 25 local government areas.
Governor Bago also disclosed plans to purchase an additional 300 vehicles in the second phase of the transportation project, aiming to mitigate the impact of the Federal government’s fuel subsidy removal. The government’s efforts to clear debts, prioritize education, and enhance transportation infrastructure are part of broader measures to promote development in Niger State.
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