*Keeps Mum On Indebted States
By Innocent Oweh, Abuja
Authorities of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 bowed to pressure from education stakeholders and announced the release of over 100,000 candidates’ results earlier ceased.
Head of the Nigeria Office of WAEC, Charles Eguridu, at a conference in Abuja, said the decision followed favourable response from some of the indebted states, who have paid some installments of their debts.
WAEC, however, kept mum on the names of the indebted states, saying it would not want to create unnecessary embarrassment to the affected states by disclosing their identity.
The council also attributed the decision to the prevailing economic challenges, noting that it would not want to jeopardise the educational progress of the candidates of the affected states.
He said: “Management of the Council has decided that the results of the candidates of indebted states would be released in deference to all the appeals and the commitment of the Nigerian Governors Forum.
“The results are therefore to be uploaded on our website in the next 24hours,this decision is based on our wish not to impede the educational progress of any Nigerian child”.
“Eguridu said now that WAEC has shifted ground the Council hopes that the affected states will reciprocate the gesture by fully meeting their financial obligations.
“Our decision to open this window of opportunity, that is, the resort to advance payment guarantees for affected states, was as a result of our appreciation of the prevailing economic challenges facing the country,” the council added.
Recall that the Council released the May/June 2015 Senior School Certificate Examination results on Monday, withholding 118,101 candidates’ results out of the 1.5 million students that sat for the examination.
About 19 states were alleged to be owing WAEC candidates registration fees amounting to over N3 billion, but as at Monday when the first batch was released they had reduced to 13 states.