By Ayodele Oluwafemi
The approval of N2.9 billion by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday for printing of examination materials have not gone down well with many Nigerians.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, at the end of Wednesday’s FEC meeting, said the printing was for sensitive and non-sensitive materials for Basic Education Certification Examination, Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the National Common Entrance.
Adamu said, “Today (yesterday), Council approved the award of contract for the printing of examination materials both sensitive and non-sensitive. The contract is worth N2.9 billion.
“It was awarded to a group of eight printers. The materials are for the Basic Education Certification Examination, the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the National Common Entrance.
“As you know because of the recent disturbances (#EndSARS Protests), we have postponed the examinations that have not taken place.”
The approval of N2.9billion for printing of examination materials came as surprise to many Nigerians, who argued that the contract is prohibitive.
@emykanno tweeted: “FEC approves 2.9billion naira for printing of examination papers in an era everything is going online and visual. Nigeria is really a great nation. SMH.”
@TiamiyuMubarak tweeted: “This country na scam How u go use 2.9billion print question paper
Highest you fit print in Nigeria is #100
Let’s assume we have 200 million student #100 x 200 million= 2.E10.”
@coco_train tweeted: “Honestly. How much is paper and ink that they need 2.9billion naira.”
@powell_ank tweeted: “This government is bent 😭 on reaping this country off before leaving office, how can you use 2.9billion to print examination paper for NECO,WAEC…I see more reason why I will have to contest come 2023…#EndBadGovernmentinNIGERIA.”