By Shola Abayomi.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the dismissal of Prof. Charles Uwakwe as the Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO).
This was contained 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.
Buhari also terminated the appointment of 4 members of the NECO board accused of various forms of financial impropriety.
The dismissed registrar, who has been on suspension since May 2018 over alleged misappropriation and abuse of office was said to have violated the Public Procurement Act (2007), having “awarded contracts in the council to the tune of N25billion without following the due process.”
Prof. Uwakwe was directed to hand over all government property in his custody to the acting Registrar, Mr Abubakar Gana.
A part of the letter read, “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.”