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The National Examinations Council (NECO) says no fewer than six states are owing it N1,788,740,509 for examinations.
NECO added that Zamfara is the biggest debtor with N1,022,234,000 out of the debtor states .
Acting Registrar Ebikibina Ogborodi disclosed this when the House of Representatives Committee on Finance queried him about the non-remittance of N636,778,000 in 2019.
While breaking the debts , Ogborodi said
Adamawa owes N281,455,500, Kano owes N240,043,000, Gombe owes N7,214,150 , Borno owes N40,027,675 and Niger owes N234,453,157).
Ogborodi however said NECO had an operating surplus of N1,278,462,493 in 2019 and remitted N385,991,627 from the supposed 80 per cent (N1,022,769,994) to the government .
He blamed the development to the debts by some states .
He said “The balance is (pending) because some state governments which did examinations with us are yet to pay,” he said.
Ebikibina Ogborodi said NECO had written to relevant authorities to help in the recovery of the money.
The chairman of the committee James Faleke, who was not seem satisfied with the response of the examination body on its transactions, threatened that the Accountant General of the Federation would block NECO’s account and that it would need to look for money to conduct examinations.
The committee Chairman directed NECO to return in two weeks with relevant documents on its transactions.