The National Examination Council (NECO), on Wednesday, said Zamfara, Adamawa, Kano, Gombe, Borno and Niger State governments owe the examination body N1.8 billion debts for the students they registered in 2019.

NECO’s Director of Finance and Account (DFA), Jacob Ekele, said this on Wednesday when the agency appeared before the investigative hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Finance.

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He said this while explaining the reason for the shortfalls in the remittances made to the federal government.

According to him, Zamfara State topped the list of the indebted states with N1.2 billion, followed by Adamawa with N281.4 million.

Kano owes N240.4 million; Niger owes N234.4 million; Borno owes N40.2 million while Gombe owes N7.2 million.

Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, James Abiodun Faleke, queried the NECO officials for underreporting the incomes received by the organisation in the memorandum submitted to the committee.

He directed that all NECO administrative officers across the 36 states and the FCT should provide details of students’ registrations, number of schools and remittances made to the federal government from 2010 till date and appear before it in two weeks’ time.

The committee also directed that NECO should get letters from the state governments said to be indebted to the examination body to confirm its claims.

Daily Trust

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