The Niger State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari in a matter of urgency, to sack the newly-appointed Registrar/Chief Executive of National Examinations Council, NECO, Professor Godswill Obioma, and let him be replaced with a candidate from Niger state.
Recall that Obioma was appointed by the president some weeks back; however, The Council has urged Buhari to remove Obioma and replace with a candidate from the host community (Niger state) or from Northern Nigeria.
While clamouring for the call in Minna, the NYCN state chairman, Comrade Bello B. Shariff, said in the 21 years of NECO’s existence, the host state has been relegated to the background in the appointment of who sits at the helm of affairs in the examination body which has its headquarters in Minna.
Also seated alongside other officials of the organization at the press conference, Shariff also stated, “the struggle and agitation will continue until justice and fairness are exhibited in NECO’s activities.”
He also lamented, saying that in the area of employment, the host state has been shortchanged, where he pointed out that ” only less than 10 per cent of Level 1 to 6 made up of junior staff that ordinarily supposed to be for the host communities were denied.
“Even the past leaderships brought in people from their state for appointments leaving the host communities unattended to even at a lower cadre.”
With regards to the award of contracts in the council, the chairman stated that since, the establishment of NECO in 1999 by the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar, local content have not been adhered in the contract awards, while also blasting the Council for not being transparent and fair in its Corporate Social Responsibility to the state.
The Chairman who was not pleased, also revealed that the fact that the state chapter are already in talks with the national body, particularly states in the North to see reasons for their agitations and hence act upon it.
In this regard and agitations, when NECO was contacted through its Public Relations Officer, Azeez Sani, said the organization was aware of the agitation of the state NYCN on the appointment of the new Registrar, remarking that the examination body would come up with a position on the issue soon enough saying, ” for now, this is all we can say on the issue.”