National Examination Council says Zamfara, Adamawa, Kano, Gombe, Borno and Niger State governments are owing the examination body N1.8 billion debts for the students they registered in 2019.
NECO’s Director of Finance and Account, Jacob Ekele, disclosed this on Wednesday when the agency appeared before the investigative hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Finance.
Ekele stated this while explaining to the Committee the reason for the shortfalls in NECO’s remittances to the Federal Government.
He said Zamfara State topped the list of the indebted states with N1.2 billion, followed by Adamawa with N281.4 million.
Kano, he said, is owing N240.4 million; Niger, N234.4 million; Borno, N40.2 million and Gombe, 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.
Faleke directed that all NECO administrative officers across the 36 states and the FCT to provide details of students’ registrations, number of schools and remittances made to the Federal Government from 2010 till date when they 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.