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NECO spends N800m on logistics



NECO spends N800m on logistics

…purchases 8,000 biometric machines, others


In effort to tackle the rising cases of impersonation and poor delivery of examination materials across the country, the National Examinations Council (NECO) said it had spent over N800 million on the purchase of 20 pick-up vans and 8,000 biometric capturing machines to ensure hitch-free conduct of examinations. Addressing newsmen during the commissioning at its headquarters in Minna, Niger State, the Acting Registrar of NECO, Abubakar Gana, noted that the move to capture the identity and take attendance of all students writing the Council’s examination(s) as well as facilitating timely arrival of materials needed for conduct of its examinations became necessary in order to sanitise the system.

He disclosed that the sum of N500 million was spent for the purchase of the biometric capturing machines, and another N327.8 million to purchase the utility vehicles to ease movement of examination materials across the country. Gana, whorecalledthatthelasttime the council purchased vehicles was in 2013, further noted thattheCouncilhad saved and remitted over N2 billion to the Federal Government. With the present modalities in place, he expressed optimism that more funds would be returned to the government coffers by the council, saying: “With the acquisition of these utilities, we will ensure examinations start on time and we will organise hitch-free examinations.”

Gana added: “With the biometric capturing machines, impersonation will be tackled headlong because only those who registered will now have the chance to sit for our examinations and the results will be giving to those who deserved them. The essence is not to witch-hunt any candidate, but to ensure we are worthy to be named an examination body that is globally recognized.”

TheChairman, NECO Governing Board, AbubakarSadiq, saidthecouncilwascompelledtocollect35vehicles from the Independent and National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be able to ensure transportation of examination materials during its last examination.

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