WorldStage Newsonline– The National Examinations Council (NECO) says the examination fees of over N2 billion owed to it by some state governments are affecting its smooth running.
NECO Registrar Professor Dantani Wushishi said in Lagos on Friday that the five states that have not yet paid their candidates’ examination fees, from 2012 to date, should help to do the necessary.
Wushishi, who was in the state to invigilate the ongoing 2022 Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) held by the council, said, “However, due to the relationship we have with these states, some d ‘among them have started to respond, while others have not yet made any attempt.
He said NECO was following up, to let them know it was important to keep the council afloat by handing over their funds.
According to him, the board runs its capital projects and overhead out of these funds because the federal government does not give it capital expenditures or overhead.
“The federal government only pays staff salaries and we have challenges all over our offices across the country, in terms of equipment, infrastructure and other things.
“So we’re letting those states know the importance of meeting their financial obligations to the board, to keep it afloat, as well as the importance of payment so that students can have their results, with which to progress on the academically, to be useful to themselves and the nation at large,” he added.
Regarding the overall conduct of this year’s exercise which started nationwide on June 27, Wushishi said so far it has been encouraging.
He said he had been incident-free.
According to him, a total of 1,209,000 candidates are taking part in this year’s exam.
“As you know it’s a process, as soon as the review is over on August 12, we get ready for scoring.
“We have an action plan for coordination and scoring, and that is why we are optimistic that we will publish the results 45 days after the last article.
“We toured states across the country to monitor and see things for ourselves.
“We went from Lokoja to Kogi, then to Ekiti, then to Akure to Ondo, Osogbo to Osun, Oyo, then to Abeokuta to Ogun and today, Lagos,” he said.
Wushishi said the feedback he received from directors of various centers regarding the conduct of the exam was commendable.
He said, however, that the successes so far in conducting the review did not suggest that there had not been internal challenges.
“In conducting a review of this magnitude, it is likely that some internal challenges will arise, but they are no longer challenges when they have already been overcome.
“Even in the face of security challenges across the country, we have ensured that the exercise, our candidates, the exam materials and everyone involved in the administration of this exam are safe.
“We are grateful for the level of cooperation we are receiving from security agencies to ensure the review goes smoothly, including in the event of the ‘sit at home’ order being enforced,” the clerk said. .
On his achievements so far in his first year in office, Wushishi said he has been filled with great innovations in an effort to reposition the council.
“I am very happy to report that in my first year in office, I have repositioned NECO in two aspects.
“The first is that we have succeeded in changing the mindset of our staff towards the work ethic.
“We were also able to encourage them to feel part of the system.
“They should see and own the system, as well as protect it, because no one is coming out of nowhere to protect this institution for us.
“We are the largest indigenous review body in Africa and by implication we should be proud to protect it.
“It was a team effort and I have to say that as a board, board members, staff members and management, we all did well,” he said. The Registrar visited Ilupeju Senior Grammar School and Agbayewa Memorial College, also in Ilupeju, among others for follow-up.