The National Examinations Council NECO,says the way the Council is currently managing its resources, it could soon be self-sufficient without allocation from the federation account.
The Acting Registrar of the Council, Mr. Abubakar Gana, stated this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Basic Education for the defense of NECO’s 2019 budget, in Abuja.
Gana expressed commitment to deepen the gains recorded within his stint in office, stating that the agency under his supervision was poised to take its place as a transparent body while calling for support from the Senate to achieve the feat.
The acting registrar disclosed that the council also returned about N1 billion to the nation’s Consolidated Revenue Account as operational surplus from its internally generated revenue (IGR).
Meanwhile, the Senate commended NECO for effectively deploying and utilizing resources allocated to it for the conduct of examinations across the country. While stating that NECO was borrowing a lift from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, by prudently managing its resources, the Senate expressed confidence in the agency to further apply its 2019 appropriation to reasonable use.
On the early release of results, the Council has realigned its procedures to ensure that results are released early to meet JAMB’s deadlines in order to ease off pressure mounted on awaiting-result candidates participating in the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination, UTME.