FG Suspends NECO Registrar, Two Others
An Alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office, has led to the suspension of the Registrar of National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof Charles Uwakwe, alongside two deputy directors in charge of finance and procurement, in the council.
Some reports on the allegation have it that, the top officials of NECO, have been sacked, but the rumour making rounds has been cut out with a close source of the council stating that they are on suspension.
In the statement of the source, it revealed that an outcome of the investigation of an allegation of misappropriation of funds against them will be a determinant of the next step that will be taken.
The source said that the officials were suspended for allegedly awarding contracts to the tune of N25 billion without following due process and did not seek for approval from Ministry of Education, the supervisory ministry or from the Governing Board of the council.
Uwakwe was also alleged to be involved in recruitment in the council without following due process.
“I can tell you that nobody was sacked but there was a suspension pending an investigation of alleged misdeeds, which details have not been made public,” the source said.
The source stated that the most senior Director in the council, Mr Abubakar Gana, had been appointed Acting Registrar.
Another source said that the Non-Academic Staff Union at NECO petitioned the Minister of Education, accusing Uwakwe of financial impropriety, irregular recruitment, and flouting of procurement procedures.