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Obioma get Buhari’s appointment as NECO’s Registrar.


Barely two days after removing Professor Charles Uwakwe as the Registrar of the National Examination Council NECO, President Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed Professor Godswill Obioma, as the new Registrar/Chief Executive officer of the examination body.

Professor Obioma on Friday assumed duties at the Minna headquarters of the Council.

According to a statement made available to newsmen in Minna on Friday by Head Information and Public Relations of NECO, Mr Azeez Sani, Professor Obioma’s appointment was contained in a letter dated 15th May, 2020 with Reference No: FME/PS/396/C1/1/134 and signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

The statement states that the appointment is for an initial tenure of five years and with effect from 14th May, 2020.

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Professor Obioma takes over from Mallam Abubakar Gana who had been acting as Registrar for more than one year.

Until his appointment Prof. Obioma was the Ebonyi State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.

The new appointee a professor of Education Measurement and Evaluation, was born on 12th December 1953 and hails from Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.

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He was the former Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council, and was also the Director, Monitoring, Research and Statistics, National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB); Director Monitoring and Evaluation Universal Basic Education Programme; Director Monitoring and Evaluation National Primary Education Commission and Head, Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology, University of Jos.

An erudite scholar, Prof. Obioma has many scholarly publications to his credit.

He is married with children.


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President Buhari sack NECO Registrar, 4 Others – Finds Replacement.


Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of the appointment of Prof Charles Uwakwe as the registrar and chief executive officer of the National Examinations Council (NECO).

“After due consideration of the investigative panel on the allegation of unsatisfactory conduct levelled against you and some management staff of the council, Mr. President in exercise of his powers, has approved your removal as the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of National Examinations Council with effect from the date of your suspension from duty,” Permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono said in a letter on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

Buhari also dismissed four members of the management of the exam body for various offences including alleged financial impropriety in a separate letter and appointed Abubakar Gana as NECO’s acting registrar.

Uwakwe was suspended May 2018 by the Federal Government over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office in awarding contracts worth N25 billion without following the due process.

The former registrar was accused of violating the Public Procurement Act (2007) and pursuant to PSR 030402 and Part 1 schedule 4 (i) of NECO Establishment Act.

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NECO in a release on Wednesday confirmed that the suspended registrar had been relieved of his appointment by the President, while four members of the management had also been dismissed.

Uwakwe was directed to hand over all the government property in his custody to the acting registrar.


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WASSCE, NECO postpone Exams indefinitely. [Nigeria]



The Federal Ministry of Education has postponed the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the National Examinations Council slated for May and June indefinitely, TopNaija.ng reports.

On Tuesday, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who spoke at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, revealed that 15 states had already commenced electronic learning for pupils on their local television and radio channels.

Nwajiuba said, “We have announced that WAEC and NECO for the year have been postponed. This postponement is indefinite at the moment. We will also be looking at what we will do for schools to reopen. As you recall, we asked that schools be vacated in the last part of March 2020 as soon as this pandemic broke out.

“We have made provisions available online. The Directorate of Information and Communication Technology in conjunction with the Universal Basic Education Commission, the coordinating agency, will anchor an alliance with State Universal Basic Education Boards in all the states so that they can key into our design.

“About 15 states have already commenced learning via different channels that are available in their states, mostly local TV and radio. All the programmes they are running are approved by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Commission.”


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COVID-19: NECO indefinitely postpone common entrance examination in Nigeria.


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.


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NECO releases 2019 Nov/Dec results


The National Examination Council NECO has announced the release of results for 2019 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination SSCE.

This is coming exactly forty nine (49) days after the last paper was written, as the examination was conducted from Monday, 18th November to Wednesday, 18th December 2019.

A statement signed and made available to Journalists by the acting Registrar of NECO, Abubakar Mohammed Gana made these known.


The statement also revealed that a total number of twenty nine (29) subjects were examined.

A total number of 70,140 candidates registered for the examinations.


A total number of 65,207 candidates sat for English Language out of which 41,214, representing 63% made Distinction and Credit.

66,398 candidates sat for Mathematics, out of which 54,565, representing 82.18% made Distinction and Credit.


33,576 candidates, representing 48.68% got five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

On the other hand, 50,057 candidates, representing 72.57% got Five Credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics.


A comparative analysis of candidates who scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics further revealed that, 2018 and 2019 shows 62.48% for 2018 and 48.68% for 2019, representing a decrease of 13.8% in 2019.

The council also stated that not all candidates required Credit in either English Language or Mathematics or both.

Concerning candidate’s involvement in various forms of malpractice in 2019 when compared to 2018 the council said, there was an increase in the number of candidates booked for malpractice, while 12,084 cases were recorded in 2018, 17,004 cases were recorded in 2019.

According to the council, “This came about as a result of the comprehensive monitoring by senior staff”


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NECO calls DSS for help to fight exam malpractices ..


The National Examination Council (NECO) has reached out to the Department of State Services (DSS) for support in tackling cases of impersonation and malpractices ahead of its 2020 exams.

Abubakar Saddique, chairman of NECO’s governing board, disclosed this when he led Abubakar Gana, acting registrar of the council, and the management team on a visit to the office of Yusuf Bichi, director-general of the DSS, in Abuja.


According to Saddique, the initiative was among several other measures introduced by the council to checkmate cases of malpractices before, during and after its exams.

The chairman of NECO’S governing board explained that the several initiatives trawled by the exam body to tackle malpractices had minimal success because of lack of adequate security architecture in place.


“Our council has put in place measures aimed at checking examination malpractice. Despite this, without adequate security architecture, such measures will not yield the desired results,” he said.

“Among the measures we introduced is the biometric capturing of candidates to check impersonation at examination centres.


“We, therefore, appeal to the personnel of DSS to strengthen their collaboration with NECO to prevent any form of malpractice before, during and after the conduct of the Council examination.”

On his part, Gana said that aside the biometric capturing, the council has procured additional 20 pick-up Hilux vans for examination logistics.


He said NECO’s partnership with the DSS would enable the exam body grapple with the challenges arising from globalisation and use of technology to prevent abuse.

“The world is experiencing rapid changes resulting from rapid development, these changes revolve around two major phenomena of emerging technology and globalisation,” he said.

“While these two phenomena have their advantages, they also come with disadvantages, especially when abused, which result in the scourge of examination malpractice, which has assumed a global dimension.”

In his reaction, Bichi reiterated the DSS’ commitment to upholding transparency and credibility in exams conducted by NECO.


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Just in – Ogun state government cancels monthly environmental sanitation and restrictions of movement.

The Ogun State Government has canceled the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in the state and also lifted the restriction of movement order.

This, the State Government said would enable secondary school students across the state to take part in the on-going National Examination Council (NECO) examinations. This was contained in a statement on Friday by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin.

Abiodun, while giving the approval, said the decision was arrived at after reviewing the challenges that the restriction of movement order would have on the Mathematics paper in the NECO exams schedule for Saturday and which coincides with the timing of the monthly sanitation exercise.

“It has become expedient that the interest of the students be considered. Mathematics is a general subject and we need to facilitate hitch-free preparation and movement of students, teachers and NECO officials and examiners to various centres where the exams would hold within and outside the state,” the statement said.

Governor Abiodun, however, implored all citizens to ensure that the cleaning exercise is observed at their various houses, irrespective of the non-restriction of movement during the period of the exercise.

He further noted that it was imperative that all drainage channels be kept free of silts and refuse to avoid flooding of homes that could lead to the destruction of lives and properties.

“Cleaning should not be one-month affair. We need to take care of our personal hygiene and clean our environment regularly and on a daily basis to avoid outbreak of cholera and other preventable and communicable diseases that could lead to epidemics,” the statement further said.

The Governor mentioned that the Ministry of Environment and the Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) have been mandated to go round and collect refuse generated during period of the exercise, while Environmental Health Officers have also been directed to ensure compliance with Public health regulations and bring offenders to book.

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