The Imo State House of Assembly on Wednesday 27th May 2020,moved a motion to investigate the disparity in WAEC and NECO fees in the state. The motion which was moved by Hon. Paschal Okolie representing Orlu State Constituency, and supported by Hon. Dominic Ezerioha member for Oru West Constituency decried the variance in WAEC and NECO fees charged in Imo, wondering why the fees for the said exams in Abia State, and Anambra State were N14,000 and N13,000 respectively, while in Imo State the fees were between N30,000 to N31,000.
According to the chief sponsor of the motion ,Hon. Paschal Okolie ,his concern was brought to the house after investigation, just as he urged the house to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the disparity in WAEC and NECO examination fees payed by Imo indigenes compared to other states.
Hon. Okolie pointed out that if nothing was done to ascertain and confirm the reasons for the disparity with a bid to offering useful suggestions, many willing candidates might not be able to register for the exams due to exorbitant fees.
He further urged the House to invite the Secretary of Imo State Secondary Board and the National Association of Private School Proprietors Imo State branch, to interface with the House to proffer solutions.
Ambassador Uju Onwudiwe member for Njaba State Constituency and Hon. Ngozi Obiefule supported the motion and condemned the exorbitant fees charged on Imo indigenes for the said exams, adding that a proper investigation should be carried out as such fees were not the actual fees for the exams. After fruitful deliberation, the Speaker Hon. Chiji Collins put the motion to vote and the motion was passed. Afterwards, a seven man ad hoc committee was set up to be chaired by Hon. Paschal Okolie to investigate the matter.