Niger state government says it has paid N200 million to National Examination Council, to ensure the release of results of 30,000 students being withheld by the examination body.
A statement by Mrs. Mary Berje, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello, said in Minna, that the money is part of the examination fees the north-central state is owing the examination body.
It said that government has paid more than N1 billion to various examination bodies in the last three years, as part of efforts to provide free education to students in the state.
The statement also added, that the state government has agreed to pay the examination body N50 million monthly, to defray the outstanding balance that had accrued over the years.
The state government has met with the officials of NECO, and they agreed in principle, after making some payments last week, that they will release the results this week.
The statement expressed government’s commitment and effort towards revamping the education sector, adding that the sector is a top priority of the Bello-led administration.