By Stanley Onyekwere
The Registrar of National Examination Council (NECO), Prof. Charles Uwakwe has revealed that the Council is targeting remittance of N1.2 billion to the federation account by December 2018.
He said that the Council has improved from N320 million remittance to more than N500 million, adding that prudent management of scarce resources has been the guiding principle of the Council.
Uwakwe, who spoke to a section of the media in Abuja while reacting to corruption allegations in some quarters, stressed that the Council’s books and records are open to scrutiny.
While describing the N15 billion corruption allegation as baseless and fallacious, the Council boss emphasized that the number of candidates who sat for NECO exams and how much the Council make is in the public domain.
“These are rumours that are baseless and I’m wondering where the allegations are coming from. To set the record straight we are not running independently in terms of our budgeting. We are under strict guidance by the Ministry and National Assembly.
“Every year we provide information as to what we generate and what our expenditure is. We go to defend all these and therefore if somebody says fifty naira is missing, it’s practically impossible and totally fallacious.
“The number of candidates who sat for our exams and how much we make is in the public domainas.
“In conducting our exams, we pay apprentice, people in the community to conduct the exams. We have four exams that we conduct. It is professionally and unacceptable for someone to insinuate that there is embezzlement of funds without facts. The books are there, the records are there.
“We just returned from the defense of our budget in the National Assembly and they have said there is need for us to increase our remittance to the federation account which we have been working on.
“We have improved from N320 million to more than N500 million. We estimate that by next exam we should be able to remit to the federation account about N1.2 billion,” he stressed.
Uwakwe, therefore called on Nigerians and civil society groups to approach the Council for clarification when in doubts.