Some state governments owe us over 2 billion naira since 2012 – Nigeria’s review body, NECO Kicks
The National Examinations Council, NECO, has revealed that some state governments still owe the examination body more than N2 billion.
This was revealed by Professor Dantani Wushishi, the Registrar/General Manager of NECO.
He said this during a press briefing in Minna, Niger State.
The Registrar said, “When you talk about the issue of debts, we have done a lot, we have recovered some, some states are still indebted to the Council to the tune of over N2 billion. It has been for over so many years, from 2012 to date. We are making efforts and some States are reacting.
“And through our efforts to make sure that we resolve our issues, we have engagement with the Accountant General of the Federation, and the states that we have an MOU with, we can bring the MOU to the office. from the accountant general to deduct at source, but we’re very tactical about that, because we also have to educate the state governments to keep this place afloat, and that’s the payment for what they’ve underwritten to the Council who will keep this place afloat.
“So we’re doing it tactically, and we’re getting the result and we haven’t taken any states to the accountant general’s office yet.”
Wushishi further noted that the examination body relies heavily on money generated from candidate registrations for its various capital projects and other activities related to conducting the examinations.
“From 2021 to date, until June (this year), the Minister of Finance has deducted from NECO Treasury Single Account, the total of N6,023,145,000.
“We also have to make sure that this money that was taken out, the 50% is supposed to be taken as operating surplus and give us the rest to settle our debts, so we have another battle for reconciliation,” he said. he added.
The boss of NECO said that “in 2020 we had over 30,000 cases of malpractice in exams. In 2021, we only had about 20,000, and this year and this year we are confident that will come down to a bare minimum. In our last BECE, malpractice was around 600 cases, and this year it was less than 100.”