Niger state government on Tuesday revealed that it paid N200 million to the National Examination Council (NECO) to ensure the release of results of 30,000 students being withheld by the examination body.
A statement by Mary Berje, Chief Press Secretary to Gov Abubakar Bello, said that the money was part of the examination fees the north-central state was owing the examination body.
According to the statement, the Niger government had paid over N1 billion to various examination bodies in past three years.
The state government has also 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; we have agreed in principle, after making some payments last week, that they will release the results this week,” it said.
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