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Just In: President Buhari Sacks NECO Registrar, 4 Others

Valentine Chinyem



President Muhammadu Buhari has terminated the appointment of Prof Charles Uwakwe as the registrar and chief executive officer of the National Examinations Council (NECO).

This was conveyed in a letter read by Permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

It reads, “After due consideration of the investigative panel on the allegation of unsatisfactory conduct levelled against you and some management staff of the council, Mr. President in exercise of his powers, has approved your removal as the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of National Examinations Council with effect from the date of your suspension from duty.”

The president also dismissed four members of the management of the exam body for various offences including alleged financial impropriety in a separate letter. They are; Bamidele Olure, Ag Director (Fin. & Acounts), Dr. Shina Adetona, Head, Procurement; Tayo Odukoya, Dep. Director & Babatunde Aina, Head, Legal/Board matters. Oduduwa United?

Abubakar Gana was however appointed to act as NECO’s acting registrar.

In May 2018, it will be recalled that Uwakwe was suspended by the Federal Government over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office for awarding contracts to the tune of N25 billion without following due process.

This according to the government violates the Public Procurement Act (2007) and pursuant to PSR 030402 and Part 1 schedule 4 (i) of NECO Establishment Act.

The embattled registrar was subsequently asked to hand over all the government property in his custody to the acting registrar.