President Muhammadu Buhari has approved Prof Charles Uwakwe’s sack as the National Examinations Council (NECO) registrar and chief executive officer.
The NECO registrar, who has been suspended since 2018 following a series of complaints of unsatisfactory actions against him with one involving mismanagement of N25 billion, was dismissed along with four management members for various financially inappropriate offenses.
The sack notice was transmitted in a letter from Sunny Echono, the federal ministry of education ‘s permanent secretary. Uwakwe was accused of breaching the Public Procurement Act (2007) and schedule 4(i) of NECO Establishment Act pursuant to PSR 030402 and Section 1.
TheLetter Read In Parts;
“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 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.”
Uwakwe was ordered to hand over all government property in his custody to Abubakar Gana, who since 2018 has been appointed the acting registrar.
Other senior officials who have been dismissed from the examination body include Bamidele Olure, Director of Finance and Accounts; Shina Adetona, Head of Procurement Division of NECO; Tayo Odukoya, Deputy Director; and Babatunde Aina, Head of Legal and Board Affairs.
Whilst Olure has been sacked
“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.”
The council was also directed to start recovering the “ill-gotten” benefits Odukoya got as the director of M/S I-web Solutions.