The registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof. Charles Uwakwe, has been suspended over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office.
Also suspended with him are two deputy directors in charge of finance and procurement, respectively, in the council. According to the reports, the trio are on suspension pending the outcome of investigation of allegation of misappropriation of funds against them. The officials were suspended for allegedly awarding contracts to the tune of N25 billion without following due process.
They were said not to have sought approval from Ministry of Education, the supervisory ministry or from the Governing Board of the council. Uwakwe was also alleged to be involved in recruitment in the council without following due process. The most senior Director in the council, Mr Abubakar Gana, had been appointed Acting Registrar.