By Felix Khanoba
The National Examination Council (NECO) says it has helped to resolve the problem of delayed admissions into universities and other tertiary education institutions by the timely release of its Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results.
Acting Registrar of NECO, Mr Abubakar Gana, said the establishment of the exam body in 1999, also permanently broke the monopoly of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and ensure alternative for students.
Gana, who stated this in Minna, after he was conferred with merit award of excellence by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), recalled that NECO came into being because of agitations by Nigerians as a result of issues associated with the then only examination body, WAEC, that was responsible for examining final year students.
He said: “Since 2000, we have been conducting examinations and one advantage I want you to understand is that we have given WAEC a wakeup call and they are now living to their responsibility.
” You may recall that there were times in the past where universities and other tertiary institutions took very longer period for them to admit students.
“But with our coming, we started releasing results within 90 days, which is a period between three months. We started like that but as I am talking to you today, the last release we had was 43 days,” he said.
The Acing Registrar said there were changes really happing in NECO and that the public would see it visibly soon in the conduct of the examination.
Earlier, the students body led by the NANS Senate President, Comrade Abubakar Gambo, commended Gana for the various results-yielding reforms put in place in NECO, adding that the association had to go out of its way of usual criticism to passing a vote of confidence as well as presenting merit award to him because of his exemplary leadership.
Gambo noted that Gana has been able to transparently manage the resources of NECO resulting in the elimination of wastages, which gave rise to the recent remittance of about N1 billion into the Federal Government’s coffers.