The National Examination Council (NECO) has postponed an exam scheduled to begin on October 19, 2020, over the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country.
In a statement on Sunday, Azeez Sani, NECO’s head of information and public relations division, said the examination will now start on November 16.
Sani said the move was consequent upon effect of the demonstrations against excesses of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) which have so far grinded several activities to a halt.
“This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that the National Examinations Council (NECO) has been constrained to reschedule the Paper I Computer Studies Practical’s earlier scheduled to take place on Monday, October 19, 2020, 10am- 1pm. The examination of this paper will now hold on Monday, November 16, 2020, 10am-1 pm,” the statement read.
“This unforeseen incident has been caused by the ENDSARS protest that blocked the free movement of transport at the city entrance gate Benin.
“The NECO delivery truck had left its take-off point well in advance two days earlier to deliver examination materials to some states and has been held up in the blockage since then.
“The council wishes to assure all stakeholders and the general public that the affected examination materials have been retrieved intact and are in the custody of NECO’s vault.”
NECO expressed regret over the inconveniences its directive would likely have on stakeholders, adding that the measure was necessary that to maintain the integrity and security of examination procedures.
The #EndSARS protests has expanded its advocacy to police brutality after Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), disbanded the SARS police unit.
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