The federal government has ordered the sack of the Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO) Prof Charles Uwakwe
The NECO registrar and chief executive has been on suspension since 2018 following the probe of allegations of unsatisfactory conduct leveled against him over the mismanagement of N25 billion.
He was dismissed alongside four members of the management for various offences bordering on financial impropriety.
The sack notice was contained in a letter signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry of education, Sunny Echono.
Uwakwe was accused of violating the Public Procurement Act (2007) and pursuant to PSR 030402 and Part 1 schedule 4 (i) of NECO Establishment Act.
Parts of the letter read:
“After due consideration of the investigative panel on the allegation of unsatisfactory conduct levelled 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.”
Uwakwe was ordered to hand over all government property in his custody to Abubakar Gana, who had been appointed as the acting registrar since 2018.
Other dismissed senior officials of the exam body include Bamidele Olure, director of finance and accounts; Shina Adetona, head of NECO’s procurement division; Tayo Odukoya, deputy director; and Babatunde Aina, head of legal and board matters.
While Olure was sacked after being “found guilty of financial impropriety and not qualified to Head the Finance and Accounts Department”, Adetona was dismissed and will face prosecution “for acts tantamount to fraudulent practices, sabotage, and suppression of official records.”
The council was also directed to start recovering the “ill-gotten” benefits Odukoya got as the director of M/S I-web Solutions.