BY HENRY TYOHEMBA
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has thrown its support behind efforts to introduce reforms in the National Examination Council (NECO).
Speaking when the association conferred an award of excellence on the registrar of NECO, Mr. Abubakar Gana, in Abuja yesterdy, the senate president of NANS, Comrade Abubakar Gambo, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm his appointment as the substantive registrar of the council.
Gambo noted that Gana has been managed the resources of NECO, which has resulted in the elimination of wastages and stealing, thus giving rise to the remittance of almost N1 billion into the federal government coffers.
He further observed that this prudent management of resources has resulted in the reduction of registration fees for NECO examinations by the immediate past of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.
Responding, Gana recalled that NECO came into being in 1999 because of agitations of the citizenry of the country as a result of issues associated with the then only examination body, WAEC, that was responsible for examining the final year students.
He stated that NECO was established as an indigenous examination body to serve as local examination body for the country, based on the recommendations of various committees.
He continued: “Since 2000, we have been conducting examinations and one advantage I want you to understand is that we have given WAEC a wakeup call and they are now living to their responsibility’.
You may recall that there were times in the past where universities and other tertiary institutions took very longer period for them to admit students.
But with our coming, we started releasing results within 90 days, which is a period between three months. We started like that but as I am talking to you today, the last released from it we had was 43 days.”
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