By Deborah Onatunde
A group of civic organisation, Congress of Accountability Ambassadors, has threatened to storm Niger State Government House due to the constant withholding of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination results of thousands of public school students.
The President and speaker of the congress, Muhammad Alfa Muhammad, gave the threat in Minna, saying the congress is ready to claim damages in support of the students who are victims.
Muhammad Alfa stated that neither the government nor WAEC has the right to withhold results of candidates, reason being that their parents paid for the examination fees.
Muhammad revealed that aside the legal action, if there are still no responses to release the results by government and WAEC within seven days, they would be forced to recruit students across public secondary schools for a peaceful mass protest.
“More painful and dehumanizing is the fact that it was the parents who paid for the examination, and not the State Government. Why is WAEC telling us that the State Government is owing them when it was the parents that paid for their wards?” he lamented.
“The status quo has not changed. This problem of withholding SSCE results of Niger State public secondary school students has been since the coming of Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello in 2015.
“Indeed, this depicts the insensitivity of the government and outright disregard to providing quality education to Niger State students.
“The government has failed them. The students are still crying over this. And that’s why the Congress of Accountability Ambassadors stands to see this problem is given a full stop.”
Muhammad also appealed to the government to look into all outstanding issues with WAEC and stop playing with Niger State students’ future.
The congress as well lamented on the way the Niger State Government treated with disdain the students that represented the state and Nigeria in a national and international debate.