By Martin Paul in Abuja
A coalition of Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, have extolled the anticorruption positions of the National Examinations Council, NECO, and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, which has led to the remittance of several billions of naira into federal coffers.
Convener of the group Comrade Danesi Momoh, in a statement, paid tribute to the incumbent Acting Registrar of NECO, Mr. Abubakar Gana, for blocking seep holes through which NECO funds were hitherto looted.
The group, under the aegis of Concerned Civil Society Groups for Educational Development, said Gana has made procurement processes more transparent with significant reduction in procurement costs thereby liberating more funds for the agency.
“If there was any flicker of doubt about the fight against corruption by the Buhari led administration, the twin successes recorded in crushing corruption and financial wastages at NECO and JAMB dispels such doubts.
“Surely, the government is out to ease the plight of all Nigerians and these model cases show us how the war against corruption can have a positive direct bearing on all citizens,” the statement read.
According to the group, the feat was made possible by the prudent management of resources and transparency measures put in place in the agencies under the Ministry of Education by the minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
The CSOs further commended the federal government for reducing the NECO and JAMB fees, adding that the gesture would make higher education attractive for the common man.
“Following our scrupulous and diligent findings, we have come to understand that this masterstroke feat of reducing the fees burden on parents and guardians could not have been achieved but for prudent management of resources and transparency measures emplaced in the Agencies under the Ministry of Education as midwifed by the incorruptible, diligent and task oriented Mallam Adamu Adamu whose work ethics place premium on palpable positive actions that speak more than millions of words can chronicle.
“The exemplary novel steps taken by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu in crippling corruption and putting a smile on the faces of Nigerians is indeed a model that should be replicated across all sectors,” the statement noted.
It further recalled that the minister of Education strict supervision of agencies under his watch has resulted in the huge conservation of finances citing the resolve of the minister and the Board Chairman of the National Examination Council for taking the bull by the horn and dismissing the erstwhile NECO Registrar Prof. Charles Uwakwe and his cohorts who were alleged to be neck deep in a mire of corruption.