The Administrative Panel of Inquiry set up by the Ogun State Government on Monday indicted the officials of the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology over an alleged N200m West African Senior School Certificate Examination fee fraud.
The panel alleged that a total of 3,571 external candidates were added to the legitimate list of candidates who sat for the WASSCE in the last three years in the state.
The panel disclosed this while presenting the report of its findings on the alleged case of fraudulent diversion of government funds by some officials of the ministry to the Head of Service, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle in Abeokuta.
Following the petition received on alleged diversion of public funds regarding the payment of WASSCE fee in the state amounting to N200m, the government set up a panel of enquiry to look into the allegation with a view to unravelling the claim and recommend appropriate sanctions to prevent a recurrence.
But while presenting their report, the Chairman of the panel, Alhaji Abdul-Fatai Opebiyi, stated that the financial implication of the inflation of the candidates’ list amounted to N31,608,876.00.
Opebiyi also disclosed that apart from the N31.6m, various sums of money were discovered to have been held illegally by certain officers of the ministry.