800 school leavers to protest non-payment of WEAC, NECO fees in Zamfara
About 800 school leavers in collaboration with the Northern Youth Assembly and Zamfara State Budget Working Group have concluded plans to stage a peaceful protest in Gusau over non payment of 2014 WEAC and NECO fees by the Zamfara State government.
Chairman of the group, Mallam Munir Haidara Kaura, who disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau, said the protest will be on Tuesday.
He said the decision was sue to what he called the unwillingness of the Governor Abdulaziz Yari “to save the future of the children who have spent close to two years at home doing nothing”.
“We have mobilized over 800 school leavers whose results were withheld due to non-payment of WAEC and NECO fees across the 14 local government areas. No serious government would allow its citizens to suffer like this,” he said.
He added that apart from their groups, there are other civil society groups and like-minded citizens who have promised to join the peaceful protest.
He said they would also send a letter to President Buhari, to intervene in the matter. Reacting to the development, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Education, Alhaji Lawal Abubakar Mafara, urged the school leavers to exercise patience, saying government has instructed the examination bodies to release the results.
“The examination bodies are working on it and the results would soon be released. We expected them to release the 2014 and 2015 results at the same time but they released only that of 2015. However, I believe they will soon release the other results because we are in touch with them,” he added.
From left: Governors Mallam Nasir ElRufai of Kaduna, Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and Deputy Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Nuru Yakubu, during the 21st National Economic Summit in Abuja yesterday.