25 June 2019

Nigeria: Yari Left N2.8 Billion Debt On NECO, WAEC, Others, Says Transition Committee

The immediate past administration in Zamfara State led by former Governor Abdul'aziz Yari is said to have left over N2.8 billion liabilities involving external examinations, the state transition committee has disclosed.

The Chairman of the committee, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, disclosed this at a press conference in Gusau, the state capital, yesterday.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Wakkala, the immediate past deputy governor of the state was a member of the APC-G8 political group in the state who was appointed as the Chairman of the state's Transition Committee by Governor Bello Matawallen-Maradun.

Wakkala said that the examination bodies involved are the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), National Examination Council (NECO), National Board for Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) and National Board For Islamic and Arabic Studies (NBAIS).

He also said there were also liabilities from the institutions including the Crescent University Abeokuta; Al-Hikma University, Ilorin, and Key Science Academy, Abuja.

"This is the total amount of the debt under the State Ministry of Education which stands at N2,812,172,155," he said.

Wakkala said the transition committee was in place for over a month and "the social media reports on the activities of the committee necessitated this news conference".

"I deemed it fit to make a briefing on the significant stage we have reached in the course of this onerous assignment in order to clear the air on the activities of the committee and put the records straight.

"The committee is here to serve Zamfara State with all sense of humility and patriotism not to witch-hunt anybody or group of individuals.

"This committee has received and reviewed submissions from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies through various sub-committees consisting of seasoned administrators and technocrats and also from the reports of the Transition Committee of the immediate past administration of former governor Adul'aziz Yari," he said.

Reacting to the development, the Media Aide to former governor Yari, Mr. Ibrahim Dosara, has denied the allegations against the past administration.

Dosara noted that the transition committee had no constitutional right to brief journalists on findings of the committee.

"Let the present administration speak on this matter but not transition committee," he said.


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