Kogi refunds N276m WAEC fees to 24, 172 parents
Lokoja – Kogi Government has started refunding
N276,769,400 West African Examinations Council
(WAEC) fees to 24,172 parents across the State.
The exercise, which started on Thursday with the
issuance of cheque leaves to concerned students
of St. Augustine Grammar School, Kabba, was in
line with an earlier promise of the state
government to refund the fees.
Professor Mathew Ajibero, Chairman of
Verification and Reconciliation Committee set up
by the state government, said the refund was for
students who sat for 2014/2015 WAEC
He said the committee was able to establish that
only 24,172 sat for that the examinations in the
state, adding that each of them will receive
N11,500 being the amount paid by their parents
as WAEC fee.
He said the committee, through the verification,
was able to save over N200 million from N515
million initially brought forward for payment.
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Governor Idris Wada had while suspending the
payment of WAEC fees early this year, said some
dubious and corrupt officials hijacked the gesture
to enrich themselves.
Wada said specifically that the officials inflated
the amount from N270 million in 2012 when he
assumed office to over N500 million in 2015.
Ajibero said the committee, in the course of its
assignment, engaged officials of the Ministry of
Education and Teaching Service Commission for
adequate fact finding.
Other members of the committee are Hajia Ladi
Ibrahim and Ibrahim Odoma.
Speaking on behalf of the benefitting students,
Master Ayo Michael described the development as
a surprise, and commended Wada for being a man
of his words.
“Wada has proven to the younger generations
that he is truly a leader that keeps promise and
lead with the fear of God,” he said.