NECO registrar, Charles Uwakwe, other four principal officers sacked

The Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Charles Uwakwe, has been sacked.

The Federal Government on Wednesday approved the termination of Uwakwe’s appointment and also
dismissed four members of the NECO management for various offences bordering on financial impropriety.

The dismissal of the Acting Director (Finance and Accounts), Bamidele Olure; Head of Procurement Division, Shina Adetona; Deputy Director, Tayo Odukoya, and Head of Legal/Board matters, Babatunde Aina, came after a panel that investigated allegations of misconduct against them recommended their removal.

The four management staff of NECO had been on suspension before their dismissal

Also, Uwakwe had been suspended since May 2018 by the Federal Government over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office.

Abubakar Gana has been on acting capacity as Registrar while Uwakwe were on suspension.

The NECO’s spokesperson, Azeez Sani, who announced the dismissals of the officials, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on their removal was conveyed in a letter dated May 11 and signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

According to him, Uwakwe was accused of violating the Public Procurement Act (2007) while in office.

Quoting the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Sunny Echono, he said: “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 the 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.”

Sani said the former registrar was also directed to hand over all the government property in his custody to the acting Registrar.

Also, NECO spokesperson said: “In another letter, FME/S/1419/C.3/T/98, on May 11, by the Permanent Secretary, the President approved the dismissal from service of four Management workers.

“The Acting Director (Finance and Accounts), Olure, was dismissed for alleged financial impropriety and for not being qualified to head the Finance and Accounts Department.

“Adetona was dismissed for acts tantamount to fraudulent practices, sabotage and suppression of official records while Odukoya was dismissed for acts of serious misconduct.

“The letter directed the management of NECO to commence the process of recovering ill-gotten benefits/gains from Odukoya who allegedly acted as the director of a private company (M/S I-web Solutions) while in office.

“Aina was dismissed from service for falsification of records and dishonesty in the sale of NECO Guest House, which is being investigated by the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

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