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NECO workers threaten to throw out registrar from office

The National Union of Non Academic Staff of Universities and Allied Institution (NASU), National Examinations Council (NECO) chapter on Thursday threatened to forcefully eject the … Continue reading NECO workers threaten to throw out registrar from office


The Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO)

The National Union of Non Academic Staff of Universities and Allied Institution (NASU), National Examinations Council (NECO) chapter on Thursday threatened to forcefully eject the Registrar of the council, Promise Okpala from his office next Monday if the ministry of education does not announce his re-appointment.

The Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO)

In a statement made available to Channel Television in Minna, Niger state, the Chairman of the union in the Council, Lawal Rabana said since the expiration of the tenure of the Registrar on April 9, there had not been any official pronouncement from the ministry of education, a situation that is creating tension in the institution.

The statement added that since no pronouncement had been made regarding his re-appointment and the fact that the registrar had not added any value to the council in the last five years, he should please stay out of office because he had loss the confidence of the workers.

“Professor Promise Okpala has not added any value to NECO and Nigerian children need someone without credibility question to shape their future, we urge the honourable minister of education to get more involved in NECO’s affairs in order to re-channel it towards the aspirations of its founding fathers’’ the statement concluded.

There has been a lingering dispute between the staff at NECO and the Registrar over the rights of the workers to join a trade union. Mr Okpala has rejected the unionisation move of the NECO staff.

The disagreement had lingered since 2005 in the matter of trade dispute Number IAP/HB/3744 between Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU) and three other examination bodies – Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), National Examinations Council (NECO) and National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB).

The dispute was referred to the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) by Hassan Muhammed Lawal the then Minister of Labour and Productivity on 15 August, 2005.

In the ruling signed by three arbitrators – Rufus O. Orugho, Aureol D. Vianana and Lawal Yusuf – the panel said: “One of the main purposes of a trade union is to defend the rights of its members wherever it appears to it that the rights of such members are being transgressed upon.”

It then declared, “The tribunal, having carefully considered all the evidences before it and the applicable laws and having regard to the principles of equity, make the following awards: An order compelling NECO, JAMB and NABTEB to allow NASU unfettered right to unionize the workers of their establishments throughout the federation and an order of perpetual injunction restraining NECO, JAMB and NABTEB from intimidating, threatening or victimizing any of their workers in any manner whatsoever on the grounds that such workers(s) decide to participate or actually participated in trade union activities with NASU”.

While JAMB has actually unionized its staff, NECO is not only adamant but also said to be intimidating its staff on the matter.

Within the past three months when the case was reopened by the NECO staff, 24 members of staff, seen to be championing unionization in the body, have been transferred.