Wh​y I stopped payment of WAEC fees — Wada

Kogi Governor, Idris Wada

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State has said that corruption is the main reason the state government stopped the payment of West African Examination Council fees for students in the state.

The governor, who spoke in Lokoja, the state capital on Monday at a meeting with political appointees, alleged that some dubious and corrupt officials hijacked the project to enrich themselves and their cronies.

He said the officials inflated the fees from N270 million in 2012 when he assumed office to N500 million in 2015, pointing out that the resources of the state could not carry the burden.

Mr. Wada said that government would not hesitate to refund parents who presented evidence of payment of the fees for their wards.

“I am convinced that the figure they are giving us was inflated and we cannot be throwing money away because we have a lot of developmental projects to execute.

“It is unfortunate that people we entrusted turned around to manipulate instead of sere the people, we have looked into it and we are taking a major step to correct this sinful act,” he said.



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  • amazing2012

    Why can’t you sack them ? So because of few corrupt officials you destroy the destiny of most students whose parents cannot afford to pay for the exams. This is an insensitive era, to the mumu governor it’s better to allow identified corrupt officials in government then to flush them and let the masses enjoy democracy !

    • Otile

      Why are Mohammedan students still sitting for WAEC certificate? They don’t need it for anything. The governor should ask the Muslim candidates to go home and stop wasting the state money.

      Is anybody requiring a real certificate from Imam Buhari? Are Islamic APC members not going to cast their votes for him en mass irrespective of his lack of certificate?

      Free oil money continues to breed corruption among Mohammedans.

    • Frank Bassey

      This is not a military regime. You can’t sack a career civil servant as you would do when in khaki. It takes a long, cumbersome process to do that. Let us be sure we even understand the utterances we make. The governor has taken the best action. Let the parents pay and present receipts for re-fund after vetting the documents. Cheap article is hardly valued.

      • amazing2012

        Ok let him handle the power to the military. The country has laws that govern its officials. So because he is a civilian, this is a confirmation that he cannot rule! Is there cheap certificate more than sending drunk, illiterates who never went to any school to study pilots in South Africa ? Is there cheap certificate more than sending animals to India to study science which they failed woefully !

  • GbemigaO

    The people of some states are so gullible . When are they going to vote out thus thief who instead of dealing with those people stealing the money is now penalising the masses

  • Olu Ade

    What type of bankrupt thinking. All you need to do is to deal with the corruption so that the masses children will continue to benefit from the WAEC fees.

    Wada, if snake wants to come in to your house, DO you set your house on fire or do you look for the snake to get rid of it? Please use your head Mr. Wada!

  • Johnson Omale

    Corruption has eaten so deep in Kogi State. A state where a level where civil servants are living above their income. It’s worst at Local Government Areas. The other time I heard the Governor saying the state government has no control over the local government employees. The LGA Chairmen should be held responsible for the high level of corruption. I advise the Governor to remove any government officials identified with corruption more seriously that the revenue from the Federation account is going down every month.