Bauchi to Pay over N185Million for UTME, NECO Registrations for Deserving Students
By Akin Kolawale
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has approved the payment N185.5 million for Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination (UTME) and National Examination Council (NECO) registration fees for 3,810 students who bagged A and B grades in the recently concluded SSCE Aptitude Test in the State.
A statement signed by the Education Commissioner, Aliyu Tilde said that the approvals also include payment of NABTEB exams fees for all the 1,751 in SS3 Students of Government Technical Colleges along with all the 499 students sitting for NBAIS exams from Government Arabic Colleges.
Tilde said that “as usual, NECO registration fees for 11,580 successful candidates who scored A, B and C in the Aptitude Test will also be paid.
“The total cost of these sponsorships is N185,580,550.00. As at today, the state government does not owe any of the three national examination bodies a kobo. He has approved the clearing of the new amount by August ending.”
He added that the payment of JAMB/UTME registration fees to Aptitude Test candidates was novel in the state. However, eligible students must hasten to obtain their NIN before the money will be paid to the bank from which the forms will be purchased, he urged
According to him the arrangements were underway to see the immediate registration of students in their nearest local government headquarters. “The Ministry, right now—cash in hand—is ready to pay for any eligible student who has a NIN. Show us your NIN and get your form.
“The list of A and B grade students eligible for the UTME sponsorship will be released to schools through their emails . At the same time it will also be published on Principals’ WhatsApp platform, God willing.
“The payment of UTME registration fees, I must hasten to say, will not be a mandatory policy on government. Rather, it will be enjoyed by meritorious students any year the government is pleased to do so within the confines of its revenue. In other words, it is a palliative—or say, incentive—that will be given whenever feasible.”