Sack of NECO Registrar provokes argument on ‘usefulness’ of examination body

It’s unfortunate how corruption always manages to find its way into every sector in Nigeria.

Practically every tier of government in Nigeria (federal to local) is enmeshed in some degree of corruption, public institutions and even those you would think would uphold certain moral standard; the religious and educational institutions, as well as the most basic of all; the family (where resources are unevenly distributed as a result of gender or age) are not free from this scourge.

It would also appear that in the mindset of the average Nigerian, bureaucracy is put in place for a few while the others can cut corners at the expense of others (the ones who are too weak to fight for themselves or oblivious to the fact that they are being swindled).

Embezzlement was the topic of discourse Thursday on Twitter as another high ranking official, serving in the educational sector was dismissed from duty over allegations of fraud.

Prof. Charles Uwakwe, Registrar of the National Examinations Council, (NECO), responsible for conducting one of the major Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations in the country, was dismissed from duty by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Following the news that the President relieved the NECO registrar and four other senior NECO staffs of their duty as a result of a N25 Billion Naira embezzlement scandal, Nigerian Twitter went into an uproar as many criticised him and even the President.

There were even tweets depicting tribal conspiracy.



While many called for the disbandment of the body entirely, stating that it has less credibility compared to its regional counterpart, the West African Examinations Council is an examination (WAEC), others cited that there was little or need for so many examination bodies with duplicity of functions.

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