The National Examination Council (NECO) has postponed the 2020 national common entrance examination indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The exam, which is for admission into federal unity colleges across the country, was earlier scheduled to hold on March 28, 2020.
But in a statement on Tuesday, Azeez Sani, NECO’s head, information and public relations division, said the decision is in “deference to the various measures being put in place by the Federal and State Governments to curtail the potential spread of Coronavirus (COV1D-19).”
Sani also disclosed that a new date would be communicated to candidates in due course while registration for the examination continues.
”The National Examination Council, NECO wishes to inform all candidates, guardians and relevant stakeholders of the indefinite postponement of the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into Federal Unity Colleges earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday 28 March, 2020,” the statement read.
“This decision is in deference to the various measures being put in place by the Federal and State Governments to curtail the potential spread of Coronavirus (COV1D-19).
“The Management of NECO regrets any inconveniences the postponement might have caused our esteemed Candidates and other Stakeholders.
“A new date for the examination will be communicated to Candidates and other Stakeholders in due course. Meanwhile, registration for the examination continues.”
The development comes about the same time when the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) temporarily suspended all activities requiring physical contacts in all its offices and centres nationwide.
There are currently 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.