Jubilation as Niger govt approves N300 million for 2018 WAEC fees
– Niger state government has approved N300 million to pay for WAEC registration for the state’s students
– The government said the move is part of its efforts to provide free education for students
– It also approved N700m for the procurement of water accessories and installation of some pumps to stabilize water supply in the state
The Niger state government has approved N300 million for the payment of registration fees for its citizens sitting the 2018 West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
Fatima Madugu, the commissioner for education, who disclosed this during a press conference on Wednesday, March 21, in Minna, the state capital said Governor Abubakar Bello approved the payment at the weekly executive council meeting, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
She explained that the Bello-led government inherited a debt of N950m from its predecessor, saying that WAEC was being paid gradually.
Drumbeatnews gathered that Madugu said the payment of the WAEC fees for students was part of the state government’s efforts to provide free education for students.
Also speaking, Mamman Musa, the commissioner for water resources, said that the council also approved N700m for the procurement of water accessories and installation of some pumps earlier purchased by the government.
He said that the water equipment would be deployed to Minna, Bida, Suleja, Kontagora and New Bussa to stabilise water supply in those towns.
“Sometimes last year, the state government declared a state of emergency on education and also promised to overhaul the water sector.
“The N700 million will be used to purchase additional water equipment so as to have a constant water supply in the state,” he said.
Nasara Dan-Malam, the commissioner for justice, who also spoke, disclosed that the council also approved a bill for a law to establish Teachers Professional Institutes in three zones of the state.
He explained that the bill would be submitted to the House of Assembly “very soon”.
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