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NECO pays 84,289 ad-hoc staff engaged in the 2021 SSCE


*Urges defaulting states to fulfil promises

By Doosuur Iwambe, Abuja

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has said that about 18,243 staff who were engaged for the 2021 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) have been paid.

The Council in a statement signed by the Head of, Information and Public Relations Division Mr Azeez Sani, listed the ad-hoc staff to include 18,243 Supervisors, 887 Assistant Supervisors and 65,159 Examiners.

According to the examination body, the payment which commenced last week has been concluded.

The statement said that other Adhoc staff who were involved in the 2021 school-based SSCE received their pays as of last week.

All ad-hoc staff involved in the conduct of the 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for school based candidates have been fully paid by the National Examinations Council (NECO).

The Management appreciates the invaluable contributions of the Supervisors and Examiners in the success story of the Council over the years, and reiterates its determination to strengthen the existing cordial relationship between them.

The Council however appeals to State Governments yet to pay the examination fees of their candidates who sat for the SSCE (Internal), to do so in order to facilitate the release of the result of such candidates.

It could be recalled that the Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO, Professor Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, had while announcing the release of the 2020/2021 SSCE for school-based candidates on the 29th October, 2021 also expressed challenges bedevilling the examination body.

Most of the challenges facing NECO in recent times according to the Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO is the failure of northern state governments to redeem payment of examination fees for their respective candidates who registered for the examination.

Ibrahim Wushishi who categorised the challenges he encountered since the assumption of office as Registrar/Chief Executive into two; internal and external said the debt burden from mostly northern states is weighing NECO down.

Many of the states, he said have refused to pay up, adding that it is unfortunate that the affected states, mostly northern states reneged on the gentleman agreement reached to allow their students to sit for the examinations after which the monies would be paid.

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