Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has berated Governor Kayode Fayemi over the delay in the release of West African School Certificate Examination results in public schools in the state allegedly over the state government’s failure to pay their examination fees.
The PDP state Publicity Secretary, Raphael Adeyanju, who wondered why a government that volunteered to sponsor students for WAEC could not accord the fees’ payment a priority, said the governor’s failure to pay up the money, a week after the results were released by the examination body, had thrown parents and students into tension and trauma.
Adeyanju, who spoke in a statement in Ado Ekiti titled, “Ekiti PDP chides Fayemi over non-payment of students’ WAEC fees”, stated that WAEC had, while announcing the results, said 10 debtor states, including Ekiti, should not expect the release of the results of the candidates they sponsored for the examination unless they demonstrate serious commitments.
The PDP spokesperson said, “From the foregoing, it could be reasonably concluded that the Fayemi administration is paying lip service to the development of education. A state once noted for scholarship leading to its being christened ‘Fountain of knowledge’, has been turned to fountain of ignorance by the government of the All Progressives Congress.
“It is surprising that while states like Borno, which is among the indebted states, promptly paid up its debts to get the results of her students released, the Ekiti government appears to be indifferent to the plight of its students.”
However, the APC state Publicity Secretary, Segun Dipe, who described the allegation as unfounded and the delay being more of administrative reason rather than indebtedness, said, “A right thinking person or party should be able investigate deeply to know the reason for the delay.”
Dipe added, “If any governor will be indebted to WAEC, it is not likely to be Fayemi. You can all attest to the fact that he has been devoted to the development of the education sector. So, the PDP should not politicise the issue of education, it is all about our future.”