Group wants NECO registrar replaced
A group, Concerned Niger Youth, has appealed to the federal
government to review the trend of having southerners heading the
National Examination Council (NECO).
The group said in an interview with Daily Trust in Minna that since its
establishment, NECO had been headed by southerners except on one
occasion when Prof. Abdulrashid Gabav, a northerner was given the
Speaking through their leader, Mohammed Kutugi, the group said the
recent appointment of Prof Charles Uwakwe, who they alleged is from
the same institution like the former registrar, Prof Promise Okpala,
“Okpala introduced ethnic agenda in NECO not only through lopsided
appointments that favoured people of his ethnic stock but also gave
his tribal people who he met here preferential treatment. During
Okpala’s tenure NECO was like an organization owned by the Ibos and
there is the tendency that Uwakwe will replicate the same attitude
here,” Kutigi said.
He said his group was aware that workers of Ibo extraction were
already boasting that Okpala’s loyalists would soon be back in control
following the appointment of Uwakwe.
“We are therefore appealing to Mr President and the minister of
education to, in justice and fairness, swap the appointees and take
Prof Uwakwe to another agency and bring either Prof Bashar Usman
or Prof Abba Haladu to NECO to sustain the cohesion and unity in the
council”, the group urged.