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FG sacks NECO Registrar, Uwakwe, four others

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, approved the termination of the appointment of Registrar and Chief Executive of National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof Charles Uwakwe. He will be succeeded by Abubakar Gana who was appointed as Acting Registrar.

  President Buhari also dismissed four other members of NECO management for various offences bordering on financial impropriety.

  The president’s directive was conveyed in a letter, dated May 11, and signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, which disclosed that Uwakwe was accused of violating the Public Procurement Act (2007) pursuant to PSR 030402 and Part 1 schedule 4 (i) of NECO Establishment Act.

  According to the release, Uwakwe and the other four officials were axed for allegedly awarding contracts in the council to the tune of N25 billion without following due process.

  “After due consideration of the investigative panel on the allegation of unsatisfactory conduct leveled 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,” Echono said.

  It will be recalled that Uwakwe had been suspended since May 2018 by the federal government over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office.

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