N200m WAEC Scam: Panel Indicts Ogun Education Officials

Some officials of the Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology have been indicted by a five-man panel of inquiry set up by the state government to investigate the alleged N200million scam in the West African Senior Secondary Schools Examination Certificate (WASSCE) fees.

No fewer than 22 officials, including two directors in the ministry and Zonal Education Officers across the state’s 20 local government areas, were arrested in May by policemen over fraudulent inflation of lists of WASSCE candidates in public secondary schools.

But it could not be immediately ascertained if all those arrested by the police over the incident were eventually found guilty of illicit dealings.

The fraud was said to have been uncovered by the intelligence unit of the state government, leading to the setting up of the five-man panel.

The panel, headed by Alhaji Fatai Opebiyi, which submitted its report yesterday, stated that it has recommended appropriate sanctions against culpable officers and suggestions on ways of forestalling future occurrence.

LEADERSHIP correspondent gathered that the probe covered a period of three academic sessions of the West African Senior Secondary Schools Examination Certificate (WASSCE) fees.

A statement made available to reporters in Abeokuta indicated that a total of 3,571 external candidates were added to the legitimate list of students who sat for the WASSCE in the last three years.

The panel disclosed that the financial implication of the fraudulent inclusion amounted to N31,608,876.00.

Oepbiyi, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, said apart from the amount, various sums of money were discovered to have been held illegally by certain officers of the

education ministry.

In her remarks, the state Head of Service, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle, congratulated members of the panel for the successful completion of their assignment.

She expressed optimism that their recommendations would be faultless for adoption by the state government.

VNTI WAEC

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