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Niger Spends N1bn On Exams Fees



Niger State government has expended N1billion for various examination fees and owes N488 million as backlog of fees in pursuance of free education in the state.

The government in the same vein spent the sum of N3.89 billion in its whole school development approach to bring infrastructure and other learning facilities in the schools to standard.

The commissioner for Education, Hajiya Fatima Madugu stated this yesterday while speaking to journalists on the efforts to uplift education sector in the state.

On whole school development approach, she said, “We renovated nine senior secondary schools, provide students and staff furniture, science equipment and solar power at the cost of N3.89 billion”.

She stated that the sum of N1 billion was paid from 2015 to 2017 fiscal years for both internal and external examinations. “That is WAEC, NBAIS, NABTEB and BESCE,” she added. She revealed that government still owes N480 million as the balance of examination fees paid for students in the free education policy of the government.

The commissioner also disclosed that the state Universal Basic Education Board has secured a facility of N2.1 billion for 10,000 teachers to motivate the teachers to put in their best and promote learning.