Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Breaking News: Governor Bello Pays Students’ WAEC, NECO Fees

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has directed principals of public schools to maintain government policy on payment of examination fees for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE).

According to Bello, his government will continue to pay the SSSCE fees for students in public schools, Leadership reports.

This was contained in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Mallam Jibrin Baba Ndace, in Minna on Sunday, December 13.

With this, parents of Basic 12 (SS3) students are to pay for either West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or National Examinations Council (NECO) while government will pick the bill of the other examination.

The governor’s spokesperson said: “In fulfilment of his promise to restore the standard of education at the basic level, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has directed that the status quo on government policy on payment of examination fees for SSSCE should be maintained.

“With this directive, school principals are only permitted to collect fees for only one of the two examinations while government will pay for the other.

“The governor has directed strict adherence by school principals to the policy. Any principal that flouts the directive will be dealt with. Parents are to report any principal that may want to force them to pay for the two examinations.

“Government policy on NECO/WAEC stands and should be adhered to. School principals and parents should take note.”

Reports had emanted earlier in the year that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello (aka Abu Lolo), is the richest governor in the country.

Among all governors, only his family has been listed by Forbes magazine among the richest not only in Nigeria, but also in Africa.  The Bellos are involved in various kinds of business activities including construction, oil and gas, and communications. Abubakar Bello senior, Abu’s father, is said to own 40% of MTN Nigeria.

Bello’s in-law is also one of the richest Africans, because his brother Ibrahim is married to Aliko Dangote’s daughter.

He is married to Dr Amina Abubakar, daughter of Nigeria’s former head of state Abdusalami Abubakar and former first lady Justice Fati Abubakar.