The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved the termination of the appointment of Prof Charles Uwakwe the Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council.
The President also dismissed four members of the management for various offences bordering on financial impropriety.
Uwakwe had been suspended since May 2018 by the federal over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office.
Uwakwe and a few top officials allegedly awarded contracts within the council to the tune of N25billion without following the due process of law .
NECO during a release on Wednesday confirmed that the suspended registrar had been relieved of his appointment by the President, while four members of the management had also been dismissed.
The President’s directive was conveyed during a letter, dated May 11, and signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, which said Uwakwe was accused of violating the general public Procurement Act (2007) and pursuant to PSR 030402 and Part 1 schedule 4 (i) of NECO Establishment Act.
Echono recalled, “After due consideration of the investigative panel on the allegation of unsatisfactory conduct levelled against you and a few management staff of the council, Mr. President in exercise of his powers, has approved your removal because the Registrar and Chief military officer of National Examinations Council with effect from the date of your suspension from duty.”
The former Registrar was also directed handy over all the govt property in his custody to the acting Registrar.
In another letter, FME/S/1419/C.3/T/98, on May 11, by the Permanent Secretary, the President approved the dismissal from service of 4 Management workers.
The letter partly reads, “After due consideration of the Financial Report of the Review Committee, Mr. President has approved the recommendations as follows; Bamidele Olure, dismissal from the service with effect from the date of his suspension from office having been found guilty of monetary impropriety and not qualified to go the Finance and Accounts Department.
“Dr. Shina Adetona was dismissed from service with effect from the date he was suspended from office for acts tantamount to fraudulent practices, sabotage and suppression of official records.”