By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
In a bid to check examination malpractice during the conduct of the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), the National Examinations Council (NECO) has sought for further collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The Chairman, Governing Board of NECO, Dr. Abubakar Saddiq who led the Acting Registrar and other management team on a courtesy visit to the Commandant General of NSCDC in Abuja on Wednesday, said such collaboration would go a long way in ensuring the credibility of the Council’s examination.
Dr. Saddiq, noted that the Council has enjoyed a long time relationship with NSCDC and wish to strengthen the relationship, explaining that the Council has put in place measures aimed at checking examination malpractice and enjoined personnel of NSCDC to brace up for new challenges that may emerge during the conduct of SSCE.
According to him, among such measures introduced is the biometric capturing of candidates to check impersonation at examination centres.
The chairman therefore enjoined personnel of NSCDC to re-double their efforts in collaboration with the Council to prevent any form of examination malpractice through adequate security in and around examination centres.
The Acting Registrar/Chief Executive, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Gana, in his remarks, went memory lane on how the relationship between NSCDC and NECO was consummated in 2008.
Gana, explained that, “The Council has been enjoying the services of your organisation without any hindrance from 2008 to date and we want the collaboration to be strengthened to ensure security in all our examination centres across the country”.
The Commandant General, Mr. Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, in his address, pledged the continued support of his Agency in the provision of adequate security at examination centres to ensure the credibility of NECO results.
Muhammadu who stressed the need for stakeholders to make sacrifice to ensure the realisation of the Council’s noble mandate, added thus, “we will take NECO assignment as one of our critical mandate”.
He commended NECO for its ability to conduct credible examinations over the year and gave assurance that his personnel will ensure that an atmosphere of peace prevails in and around all examination centres across the country.