The National Executive Council (NECO) has taken delivery of 70 operational vehicles and multi-million naira scanning facilities from the federal government to boost its operations and improve examination services.
According to a statement released on Saturday, Tahir Mamman, the minister of education, inaugurated the projects — including a scanning and data centre, NECO driver’s pool, and three-block classrooms for the senior secondary component of the council’s staff school — in Minna, Niger.
The multi-million naira scanning centre is said to be equipped with state-of-the-art optical mark reader (OMR) technology; a cutting-edge software introduced by the council to ensure efficient grading of students and candidates in its various examinations.
Mamman, who was represented by David Adejo, the permanent secretary, federal ministry of education, commended Dantani Wushishi, the registrar of NECO, for innovative measures introduced to ensure the credibility of the assessment process.
He added that the five inaugurated projects were critical to the effective functioning and realisation of the mandate of the council.
Mamman said the purchase of the logistics vehicles for ease of transportation of examination materials would substantially address the challenge of leakage of examination question papers as witnessed in the past.
He also said President Bola Tinubu is committed to transforming the country’s education sector.
On his part, Wushishi said the logistics vehicles were crucial components of the examination infrastructure.
He also announced the ongoing construction of three new NECO state offices in Gombe, Katsina and Kogi.
“Currently, at 70% completion, these offices are being constructed using NECO’s internally generated revenue (IGR), representing a significant step forward in our efforts to modernise our infrastructure and enhance service delivery,” he said.
“The new office projects also testify to NECO’s financial prudence and our commitment to efficient resource management. We will soon invite the honourable minister to commission the new offices.”
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