Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Charles Uwakwe, has been relieved of his position; Champion Scholar reports.
There has been no official statement on the reason for his sack but sources within the examination body believe that it is not unconnected to an alleged award of multimillion naira contracts without the approval of either the Federal Ministry of Education or the Governing Board of the Council.
Daily Champion learnt that Professor Uwakwe was sacked alongside two of his deputy directors whose names have so far not been made public.This development, according to sources, is coming two weeks after the Governing Council of NECO, led by its Chairman, Abubakar Sadiq, visited the Council during which he looked into its operations.
The visiting council allegedly observed that over 300 staff were “illegally” recruited by NECO under the watch of the sacked boss without clearance from the relevant Ministry of Education and the subsequent mandatory vacancy advertisements that ought to follow.
Uwakwe, a University of Ibadan don, was appointed Registrar of the examination body less than two years ago when the appointment of his predecessor, Professor Abdulrasheed Garba, was terminated.It was gathered that in the last three years, NECO had had its registrars changed four times. By the law establishing NECO, a registrar should last five years in office.
First, it was the sack of Professor Promise Okpala in February, 2015; followed by Professor Monday Thommy Joshua who, we gathered, spent only 50 days on the seat and was succeeded by Garba, who handed over to Uwakwe.
Meanwhile, the most senior director in the council, Alhaji Abubakar Gana has reportedly been directed to take over as acting registrar.Efforts at reaching the head of the council’s Public Affairs, Alhaji Azeez San, were unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report.
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