By Adedapo Adesanya
The new Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Mr Ibrahim Wushishi, has promised to transform the examination body to world-class status.
Mr Wushishi promised to transform NECO in Minna when he officially took over the affairs of the council from the former Acting Registrar, Mr Ebikibina Ogborodi, according to a statement signed by Mr Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division of NECO.
He promised that the national examination body is fully set to become a credible and internationally acclaimed examination body.
“My desire is to make NECO surpass international standards which other international examination bodies will look onto, that is my mission to NECO,” Mr Wushishi said.
According to the NECO boss, “I am not here to be biased in any way, rather I am here as a Nigerian, I will work with everybody to take NECO to the desired heights”.
He acknowledged that there are challenges that need to be tackled in the exam body and assured that with the support of all staff, the challenges will be surmounted.
Mr Wushishi also informed staff members that their rewards and privileges would be given to them as at when due, but stressed that the management under his leadership would not hesitate to punish any staff found wanting in the discharge of duties.
He solicited the support of the management and staff to enable him to actualise his vision for the Council.
The registrar, who thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for deeming him fit to be appointed as NECO Registrar, pledged to work closely with the Federal Ministry of Education and NECO Governing Board.
On his part, the departing Acting Registrar, Mr Ebikibina Ogborodi had briefed the new NECO boss on the progress report on the ongoing 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) as well as other mandates of the Council.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 12 appointed Mr Wushishi as the substantive Registrar of NECO.
The Professor of Science Education was born on April 5, 1965, and hailed from Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State.
He was a lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, before joining the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna.
Mr Wushishi has held other positions including Post Graduate Coordinator, Department of Science Education, FUT, Minna; Sub-Dean School of Science and Science Education, FUT, Minna.
Others were Head of Department, Science Education, FUT Minna; Head of Department, Science Education, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai.
Until the appointment, he was a Professor of Chemistry at the Federal University of Technology, Minna.