President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of the appointment of Prof Charles Uwakwe as the Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO).
NECO in a statement confirmed that the suspended registrar had been relieved of his appointment by the President, while four members of the management had also been dismissed.
The President’s directive was conveyed in a letter, dated 11th of May , and signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
In the letter, Prof Uwakwe was accused of violating the Public Procurement Act (2007) and pursuant to PSR 030402 and Part 1 schedule 4 (i) of NECO Establishment Act.
According to Echono, “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.”
The former Registrar was also directed to hand over all the government property in his custody to the acting Registrar.
Another letter with reference number:, FME/S/1419/C.3/T/98, on May 11, written by the Permanent Secretary, stated that the President approved the dismissal from service of four Management workers of NECO.
The President also dismissed the management staff for various offences bordering on financial impropriety.
The letter partly read:, “After due consideration of the Financial Report of the Review Committee, Mr. President has approved the recommendations as follows; Bamidele Olure, dismissal from the service with effect from the date of his suspension from office having been found guilty of financial impropriety and not qualified to Head the Finance and Accounts Department.”
Uwakwe had been suspended since May 2018 by the Federal Government over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office.
Mr Abubakar Gana was appointed as the acting Registrar after Prof Uwakwe and some top officials allegedly awarded contracts in the council to the tune of N25billion without following the due process.
Source: Voice of Nigeria