WAEC Bows To Pressure, Publishes Results Of Debtor States

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) says it will upload the results of candidates of indebted states on its website within 24 hours.

Mr. Charles Eguridu, Head, Nigerian National Office, WAEC disclosed this while briefing journalists Wednesday in Abuja.

He explained that the council's decision was as a result of intervention from stakeholders.

He said that WAEC's decision was informed by its determination not to impede on the educational progress of any Nigerian child.

According to him, the continued withholding of the results will adversely affect the educational prospects of the affected candidates who require them for admission purposes.

“Our decision is sequel to appeals from our stakeholders, including parents, the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), notable Nigerians, and other well-meaning citizens.

“Most importantly, the intervention of the Secretariat of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF).

“The intervention is on the directive of the Chairman, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara who directed that NGF will resolve the matter as soon as possible.

“We have decided to hearken to the appeals and review our earlier position; the results are therefore to be uploaded on our results website in the next 24 hours,'' he said.

Eguridu urged the affected states to reciprocate the gesture by paying up so as to enable the council to meet its own obligations to supervisors, examiners, service providers and creditors.

On his part, Alhaji Abdulatif Shitu, the Director, strategies, NGF, said the forum had given its assurances that it would live up to its commitment.

He said that most of the affected states were making efforts to pay as they had issued bank guarantees.

“We have directed the affected states to live up to their financial obligations to the council; the debt in question is not an accumulated debt; it is just for 2015,'' he said.

According to him, while most of the affected states were having financial difficulties, it is urgent also to pay WAEC in order to keep it running.

WAEC had on Aug. 10 withheld results of 13 states due to their inability to pay the fees as agreed with the council. (NAN)
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