The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of National Examination Council (NECO), Prof. Abdulrasid Garba, has revealed that 11 states out of the 36 states owed the council millions of naira.
He said the amount owed are for the registration and conduct of examinations for candidates in the states.
Garba said the situation has become critical, stating that though “our case is not as bad, the money they owe is huge.
“We are now talking with the states and there is indication that they will pay and if they don’t pay, we will not conduct NECO examination” Garba said.
He explained the rationale behind NECO’s subtle approach in penalising the indebted states.
“WAEC is serving international interest, NECO is serving the national interest. WAEC chose a different approach, NECO is chosing to be diplomatic…we are more national than WAEC, therefore, we are serving the nation.”
The Registrar expressed concern over the accumulated debts the states owe NECO, he was also optimistic that the problem will be resolved in due course.