Gov. Sani Bello: We’ll support Prof. Obioma towards successful tenure
The newly appointed Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, National Examination Council (NECO) Prof. Godswill Obioma, has raised hope of the commencement of this year’s examination conducted by the body despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A statement by Mary Noel-Berge, chief press secretary (CPS) to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, of Niger state, said Prof. Obioma stated this when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the governor in Minna, the state capital.
Prof. Obioma who explained that he sees COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to formulate practicable ideas for online studies as exemplified by most schools now, says the examination body has already submitted proposal to the Federal Government seeking approval for the examinations to commence, assuring that all the COVID-19 protocols will be observed.
” Schools have opened online, in very many states including Niger which I know are opportunities to run exams during COVID-19; the management and I are waiting to be given the go ahead,” said the NECO CEO.
He expressed optimism that his tenure will bring about meaningful development to the organization in the area of Information Technology (IT) to reduce cost of operation, capacity, and improved relationship with host communities in terms of Corporate Social Responsibilities, and seeking international partnerships among others.
Prof. Obioma said upon his assumption of office, he found an environment that will ensure success, and has also met a workforce willing to work for the development of the society at large.
He promised not to disappoint the country, Niger state and God in the discharge of his duties.
In his response, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, assured the new NECO CEO of his government’s support towards a successful tenure.
Gov. Sani Bello said the fact that the headquarters and zonal offices of the examination body are situated in the state, it behoves on the state government to support the organization.
While expressing concern over the poor performance of some students in the SSCE examinations, the governor emphasized the need for parents to be more deliberate in ensuring their wards perform better in their academics
He promised that a sustainable way will be deployed towards reducing the financial burden on the organization.
“ Our intention is not to ground NECO, but to see NECO as a partner and for us to work and support each other.
“I plead with the organization not to expect huge amount for the repayment of the outstanding bills, but will try and settle regularly,” Gov. Sani Bello promised.
He, however, pleaded for more patience and understanding of the organization, pointing out that the state government will do everything possible to support the organization towards achieving its success.