FG Charges NECO To Work Harder, Says Body Wont Be Scrapped

The federal government has challenged the board of the National Examination Council (NECO) to work harder and build public confidence on the examination body.

The charge was given recently by the minister of state for education, Barr Ezenwo Wike while receiving members of the Board of NECO, led by its chairman, Dr Paddy Njoku, on a courtesy visit.

Allaying fears being expressed that the examination Body is to be scrapped, the minister restated his earlier assurance that government has not taken any such decision. “I did tell you that this government is very responsible and cannot take decisions that will adversely affect people” he said, adding that the whole story was based on rumour.

The minister expressed dismay that NECO was still operating under rented apartments since inception stressing that as an examination body

NECO cannot rent or share office because of the sensitive nature of its work.

He charged the board to come up with strategies to improve on its internal revenue generation adding that, that is not license to increase examination fees.

“You must not depend solely on government for funding, it will be difficult but we are here to support you” the minister said.

Wike commended the various activities initiated by the present board of NECO to engage all stakeholders.

He particularly noted that the retreat being organised by the board are already yielding results promising to participate in future programmes.

Earlier, chairman of board of NECO, Dr Paddy Njoku thanked the minister for dismissing the rumours on scrapping of NECO which he said was distracting the body from doing its job.

Dr Paddy noted that after the rumours made rounds, the board found it necessary to embark on various activities aimed at building public confidence.

The board, he said, has organised series of stakeholders parley, engaging parents, students adding that the outings have been very successful.

The chairman stated that NECO is now positively perceived assuring in no distant time the Examination body will prove itself.

He however appealed to the minister to assist the Examination body secure a permanent office in Abuja.


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