Ogun sets up panel of enquiry over N200m WAEC scam

Some officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Ogun State allegedly fraudulently diverted money meant for the payment of WAEC fees.

The Ogun State Government on Tuesday announced the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Enquiry to look into the alleged fraudulent diversion of N200m West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, fees by officials of the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

The state government, in a statement issued in Abeokuta, informed that the panel was set up by the State Head of Service, Modupe Adekunle, and the Civil Service Commission, to probe allegations that some officials of the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology diverted the money which was meant for the payment of WAEC fees of secondary schools students in the state.

The statement further urged anyone with useful information to assist the committee in its assignment to get in touch either in writing or via text messages to the secretary of the panel on or before June 14.

The information can be sent via SMS to 08086361556 or email to ogunedupanel@yahoo.com, with the state government adding that the panel will treat all information given to it with utmost confidentiality.

About 26 officials of the state Ministry of Education, including Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) in the 20 Local Government Areas of the state and some directors have been interrogated by the police over the alleged fraudulent diversion of N200m meant for the payment of WAEC fees of secondary school students in the state.

The State Government has since placed the affected officials on interdiction while they have also been directed to hand over to the most senior director in their various offices pending the conclusion of investigations into the matter.

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