The House of Representatives on Wednesday urged states owing the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to pay the fees for government sponsored candidates for the 2014 and 2015 exams.
The resolution emanated from a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon. Linus Okorie (Ebonyi/PDP) and unanimously adopted by the members.
Okorie expressed concern that over 600,000 candidates risk the threat of their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results being withheld by the council.
It would be recalled that WAEC threatened to withhold the results of candidates of unnamed 19 affected states over an alleged N4 billion owed the council.
“The threat if implemented would affect more than half of the 1.2 million innocent young candidates that sat for the examination, disrupt their academic pursuit and disorient them psychologically,” Okorie said.
He further said that the inability of the affected states to settle the alleged debt had led the council to bankruptcy.
“This alleged financial constraint is said to be negatively affecting the capacity of the council to meet its financial obligations, particularly its supervisors, examiners and service providers,’’ Okorie added.
The House, therefore, resolved to constitute an adhoc committee to urgently intervene in the alleged debt crisis and report back within one week.