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  • Updated: January 30, 2024

Gov Alia's unfulfilled promise for WAEC, NECO fees payment for Benue students sparks concerns

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State has raised concerns over reports indicating that Governor Hyacinth Alia has yet to fulfil his promise to cover the final year examinations' registration fees for public secondary school students in the 2022-2023 academic session.

PDP State Publicity Secretary Chief Bemgba Iortyom (Vande-U-Mbaiwer) has released a statement pleading with Governor Alia to keep his word. The party highlights how ignoring the issue could affect students' futures and the state's reputation for education

Governor Alia had previously committed to covering the registration fees for students taking the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO) exams. This commitment was intended to be funded from the N5 billion Palliatives package received from the federal government in August 2023.

There are allegations of pupils being turned away from public secondary schools, reportedly for not paying tuition, as the exam registration deadline draws near. Parents are worried because school administrators claim they have not received the government-promised funding for student registration.

"However, with the deadline drawing close for the closure of registration for those examinations in the various public secondary schools across the state, parents are complaining that their wards are being sent home for non-payment of the fees.

Management authorities in those schools are said to have stated that government has not sent to them any funds to register those students, as promised by the governor," Iortyom said.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Geoffrey Gbidye Tor-usu, who works at the Force CID Headquarters in Makurdi, is one of the individuals impacted. He revealed that his son, a final-year student at Government College, Katsina-Ala, was returned home because his registration fees were not paid.

The PDP expresses sympathy to the parents who were impacted and who sincerely trusted the governor's word. The party believes that the current state of affairs is untenable, especially in light of Governor Alia's claims that money was set aside for this exact purpose.

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