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Buhari sacks Prof Uwakwe as NECO registrar, dismisses four top officials

President Buhari has approved the sack of Prof Charles Uwakwe as the registrar and chief executive officer of the National Examinations Council (NECO).

The sack notice was conveyed in a letter written by Sunny Echono, the permanent secretary of the federal ministry of education. 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.

His removal was as a result of recommendations by a panel investigating allegations of misconduct levelled against him while he was on suspension.

The NECO registrar who has been suspended since 2018 following a probe of allegations of unsatisfactory conduct against him with one involving the mismanagement of N25 billion, was dismissed alongside four members of the management for various offences bordering on financial impropriety.

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.”

Uwakwe was directed to hand over all government property in his custody to Abubakar Gana, who had been appointed as the acting registrar since 2018.

The council was also directed to start recovering the “ill-gotten” benefits Odukoya got as the director of M/S I-web Solutions.

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