The federal government has approved the termination of the appointment of Charles Uwakwe as the Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO).
The federal government also dismissed four members of the NECO management for various offences bordering on financial impropriety.
The affected officers include 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.
Their dismissal comes after a panel that investigated allegations of misconduct against them, while they were on suspension, recommended their removal.
Uwakwe had been suspended since May 2018 by the federal government over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office.
Since Uwakwe’s suspension, Abubakar Gana has acted as Acting Registrar.
The dismissal of the officials was announced by the NECO spokesperson, Azeez Sani.
According to Sani, President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive 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.
He said Uwakwe was accused of violating the Public Procurement Act (2007) while in office.
“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,” Mr Sani quoted the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Sunny Echono as said.
He said the former registrar was also directed to hand over all the government property in his custody to the acting Registrar.