The West African Examinations Council has released the West African Senior School Certificate Examination results of candidates from 13 debtor states, which were initially withheld.
This followed a truce reached between the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the leadership of the council.
The WAEC Head of National Office, Mr. Charles Eguridu, who announced this on Wednesday, directed the candidates to check their results on the council’s website as from Thursday (today).
He said the council took the decision following appeals from the NGF as well as other stakeholders.
Eguridu, who said the candidates would need the results for admission purposes, explained that the continued withholding of the results would affect their educational prospects.
He said, “Our decision to open this window of opportunity, that is the resort to advance payment guarantees for affected states, was as a result of our appreciation of the prevailing economic challenges facing the nation and in order not to jeopardise the educational progress of the candidates of the affected states.
“Consequently, the management of the council has decided that the results of the candidates of indebted states would be released in deference to all the appeals and commitment of the NGF.
“The results are, therefore, to be uploaded on our result website in the next 24 hours. This decision is based on our wish not to impede the educational progress of any Nigerian child.”
The WAEC boss urged the affected states to ensure they meet their financial obligations to the council, to enable it to meet its obligations to its supervisors, examiners as well as service providers and other creditors.
When asked to mention the debtor states, Eguridu said, “If I start mentioning the states, it won’t be fair on those states that have paid part of the money.”
Eguridu had on Monday withheld the results of candidates from public schools in 13 states because they owed the council billions of naira arising from the examination registration fees.
The council two weeks ago, had threatened to withhold the results, claiming that 19 states owed it about N4bn debts arising from the examination registration fees.