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NECO Procures Equipment To Enhance Operations

Minna – National Examination Council (NECO) has procured 20 single Cabin Toyota Hilux Vans and biometrics capturing machines to enhance its operations especially in the areas of logistics and the overall security of its examination materials.
Board Chairman of NECO, Dr. Abubarkar Sadiq disclosed this at the inauguration of the equipment, saying the facilities were procured to guarantee hitch free conduct of its examinations.
Sadiq said issues of mobility during the last NECO examinations became so pathetic that the council had to go to the INEC to borrow 32 vans to enable it move both sensitive and non-sensitive materials during examinations.
“Due to lack of enough vehicles during the last exams, we have to go to INEC and beg that they release 32 of their vehicles for us. Because of this we are sometimes being forced to change the date of our examinations even after fixing it,” he said.
With the rising number of candidates involved in examinations malpractices, including impersonation, Dr. Sadiq said such ill trends would soon be over with the installation of the biometric data capturing devices.
The NECO Board Chairman told the gathering at the council’s headquarters, along Minna-Bida that, “the certificate forgery allegation against Senator Ademola Adeleke has taught us a lesson and that is why we in NECO try to move with trends and not wait to witness such ugly incidents”.
Sadiq also pointed out that everything is moving with global trends and NECO will not want to be left behind in continuously upgrading its facilities on ICT to meet the ever evolving examination cheating trends by candidates writing NECO examinations.
“It is disheartening that many candidates sit for exams for others and this is becoming a major problem in Nigeria today, but with biometric capture devices anyone caught impersonating during examination will be visited with the full wrath of the law,” the Board chairman posited.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sonny T. Echono commended NECO Management Board for the foresight in trying to upgrade standards by acquiring facilities aimed to enhance its operation.
Echono who spoke through the Director Human Resources in the Ministry, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Koko however called for proper utilization of the facilities so acquired for the purpose for which it was acquired for maximum benefits.
The Acting Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Gana had earlier said the 20 Pick-Up Vans cost N327.8m, while the 8, 000 Biometric capturing machines is N500 million.

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