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Nwifuru to pay WAEC, NECO fees for Ebonyi students

Governor Francis Nwifuru | Image: Nweze Anaga

Payment of gratuities would, henceforth, be on monthly basis

By Nweze Anaga,

Abakaliki

Ebonyi State Governor Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru has assured that the state government would pay NECO and WAEC fees for students in public schools.

The governor also disclosed that payment of gratuities would, henceforth, be on monthly basis.

Governor Nwifuru disclosed the cheery news, while welcoming the management of the Local Government Staff Pensions Board led by the Executive Secretary , Mr. Emeka Nwonu.

He said that the recent increase in NECO and WAEC fees was very challenging to most parents, and assured that the government was willing to cushion the effect.

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His words: “I learnt that the amount for NECO and WAEC registration has been increased from N18, 000 to about N34, 000 and people are finding it difficult to cope with the situation.

“I have directed the state Commissioner for Education to calculate the number of students who are registering for the examinations in public schools so that we can look at because it is our duty to serve the people.

 “If we can’t pay all, we can pay at least 50% .”

On the pension and gratuity, the governor advised retiring  civil servants to endeavour to process their retirement papers on time to enable them collect their benefits immediately after retirement.

“Payment of gratuities is now on monthly basis. If you have not been paid pension, you will not be qualified to receive gratuity.

“Therefore, I advise you to always proceed on three months retirement leave to enable you process your papers so that you will be paid immediately. We are not interested in owning,” he said.

He commended the Executive Secretary of the Board for taking proactive steps to reposition the Board.

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