The National Examination Council has said it conducted examinations for candidates in 19 states on credit.
The examination body made this known when its officials appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Director of Finance and Administration, NECO, Dr jacob Ekele, said Zamfara State topped the list of debtors with over N1bn.
He said, “As of today about 19 states owe NECO. The exams were conducted for them on credit, especially Zamfara State. It has the highest (debt). Kogi is not paying for its candidates, the candidates are paying for themselves. But some of these states, the governments pay for them, unlike Kogi that doesn’t pay a dime for anybody.”
Mr James Faleke, the chairman of the committee, said the probe into NECO’s finances would be extended from 2014 to 2011.
The panel asked NECO to provide all relevant documents to show its income, expenditure and remittances from 2011 to 2019.
Faleke said the report of the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation suggested the council should remit N6bn to the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government.
The committee demanded NECO’s financial statements, the number of enrollees and the money paid for exams since 2011.