Votes over N9b for ecological disaster
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has cut Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), National Examination Council (NECO) and other examination fees to cover Universities Matriculation Examination (UTME), Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this yesterday in a briefing at the end of Federal Executive Council (FEC) weekly meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, UTME fee was reduced from N5,000 to N3,500, while NECO fees for SSCE was moved from N11,350 to N9,850 with BECE fees pruned down from N5,500 to N4,000, adding that the new fees will become effective from January 2019.
“Since the new administration came into office and a change in management and prudent management by JAMB, we have been able to see that most of what has been charged doesn’t have to be because a lot of it has been siphoned by corrupt officials,” he said.
Similarly, Federal Government approved N9.6 billion for 11 ecological intervention projects in the country, voting another N267 million for construction of three environmental friendly incinerators for NAFDAC.
According to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who briefed State House Correspondents after the meeting, the 11 projects will be sited in Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Cross River, Adamawa, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kaduna and Niger States, as well as Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT).