FG Announces Dates For NECO, NABTEB, Common Entrance Exams

A file photo of the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, speaking at the PTF briefing in Abuja on July 6, 2020.

 

The Federal Government has announced the dates of the examinations for students in various graduating classes in the country.

These include the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) organised by the National Examination Council (NECO) for students in SSS 3, and the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) examinations.

Others are the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) for JSS 3 students, and the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) for intending primary school applicants into Unity Colleges.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced the dates in a statement on Wednesday by the Director of Press and Public Relations at the ministry, Ben Goong.

He noted the government has released a comprehensive schedule for various examinations for the graduating classes.

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Nwajiuba, who said the examinations would be conducted between August 17 and November 18, confirmed that the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) would commence in three weeks’ time.

He added that this would be followed by NABTEB examinations scheduled to start on September 21, as well as the NECO exams on October 5, while the NCEE would take place on October 17.

The National Examination Council is one of the main secondary school examination bodies in the country.
A file photo of NECO logo.

 

The government also fixed September 23 for the commencement of the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) examination.

According to the minister, the registration for NECO is ongoing and is expected to end on September 10 and there will be no extension.

He explained that the dates were selected following a series of meetings with the heads of various examination bodies in the country.

Nwajiuba, therefore, directed all examination bodies to release details of their examination timetables in the next seven days.

Read the full statement below:

NABTEB Releases NBC/NTC Examination Results

NABTEB Releases NBC/NTC Examination Results

The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) has released the May/June 2017 results for the National Business Certificate (NBC) and National Technical Certificate (NTC) examinations.

The Registrar/ Chief Executive Officer of NABTEB, Professor Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, announced this on Tuesday while addressing reporters at the National Headquarters of the Board in Ikpoba Hill, Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The NBC/NTC certificate qualifies holders as certified craftsmen and women and on the other hand, its O’Level certificates are equivalent to NECO and WAEC certificates which are requirements for placement into tertiary institutions in Nigeria and abroad.

A breakdown of the results shows that a total of 58,448 candidates registered for the ordinary craft level examination in 1,458 centers across the country.

Professor Isiugo-Abanihe noted that this year’s result was an improvement of the previous year 2016.

She said, “33, 712 candidates representing 58.75% of candidates in the NBC/NTC examination scored five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics; whereas 47,360 candidates representing 82.53% scored five credits and above with or without English Language and Mathematics.”

The NABTEB boss further made some recommendations on how the government can improve technical education in Nigeria.

“Both the federal and state governments should establish more modern and well-equipped technical colleges in all local government areas in the country as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.

“Again the National Vocational Qualification Framework should be implemented as approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2013,” she added.

NABTEB Advocates More Vocational Centres

nabtebThe Registrar and Executive Secretary of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board, (NABTEB), Professor Ifeoma Isingo-Abanihe, has advocated the establishment of more technical training centres in Nigeria to improve human capacity building.

Abanihe also recommended that NABTEB certificates be issued to students to help boost their career.

She made the recommendation during a meeting with the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, at the government house in Benin city.

“We want the establishment of more technical and vocational training centres, unlike what was obtainable in the past when technical education was considered to be a dead end. The ordinary and advanced level certificates awarded by NABTEB guarantee career progression”.

Governor Obaseki on the other hand, has solicited a closer working relationship with NABTEB to actualise the state government’s plans to revitalize the Benin Technical College.

“If you do not pay attention to the institutions that help you create men and women who can build your country, then we are not going to start,” he stated.

Fayose Evicts Civil Defence Corps From Estate

Fayose Evicts Civil Defence Corps From EstateGovernor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has evicted the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) State command from Fayose Estate in Afao Road, Ado Ekiti.

This is reportedly part of measures to get out of the hard-biting economic recession pummeling Ekiti State.

Other agencies given the quit order from Fayose Housing Estate include some Federal Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals.

The estate which housed NSCDC, Prison Service, National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), National Orientation Agency, National Board for Technical Education (NABTEB) and others was built by the Governor during his first term in office as a governor of the state.

Findings revealed in Ekiti on Wednesday that the state government had earlier given a year period of grace to all the ministries to look elsewhere for accommodation or buy the property as the state can no longer give out its property free of charge to agency.

The period of grace ended on December 31, 2016 after which a letter of eviction was served on the occupants of the estate.

The letter reads that “failure to quit the property will result into facing a rent tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti”.

It was reliably gathered that this development had forced the NSCDC officers in the state into sacrificing part of their January salary to buy the property as other well-meaning Nigerians to assist the Corps.

Responding, the Spokesman of the Command, Tolu Afolabi, noted that “not only Civil Defence was evicted by the State Housing Corporation from the property as earlier stated in an online news but all the federal agencies in the estate”.

Lagos Lifts Movement Restriction Order For NABTEB Exams On Saturday

Lagos-State- movement restriction The Lagos State Government has lifted the restriction order on human and vehicular movement during the May Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise.

The State government announced the lifting of restriction on Friday, saying the decision was taken in order to allow free movement of examination materials and also for Students, Invigilators and other Stakeholders to ensure effective participation in the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) Examination.

NABTEB examination is expected to be held across the Nation on Saturday, May 28.

In a Statement by a spokesman for the Ministry of Environment, Tunde Awobiyi, the Honourable Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, however, urged Lagos residents to still observe the monthly exercise by cleaning their homes and clearing the drains in their neighbourhood so as to prevent flooding in the State.

He said such exercise would allow free flow of water as the raining reason gathered momentum.

He stressed that the monthly cleaning exercise would resume next month.

The Commissioner said that it became imperative for the State Government to waive the restriction order to avoid jeopardising the future of the candidates whose counterparts in other parts of the federation would write the same examination.

“As a responsible and responsive government, we value the education of our children very dearly and therefore resolved to relax the order in the interest of the future leaders of tomorrow.

“As we are all aware, Lagos is a Coastal City that has high water table levels and prone to flooding whenever it rains. We must therefore imbibe habits which will reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding in the State,” he said.

The Commissioner enjoined Lagos residents to shun acts that could aggravate the adverse global climatic conditions, noting that “people should not dump waste in unauthorized places like canals and drainage channels”.

He said that the target of the state this year was to sustain past record of flood abatement, thus making it possible for the State not to experience flooding as in the past years.

“This can only be achieved through effective collaboration of the people,” he stressed.

According to him, the issue of sanitation has become very critical, especially with the geometrical population explosion in the state, adding that the regular clean-up for a healthier, cleaner and Sustainable Environment has become a matter of survival for residents.

Gov. Ahmed Approves 60 Million Naira For NECO And NABTEB Exams

The Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed

The Kwara State Government has approved 60 million Naira as registration fees for 6,167 SCCE students in the forthcoming NECO and NABTEB examinations. 

This brings to 120 million Naira the amount spent by the State Government on payment of exam registration fees in 2013/2014.

The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who conveyed the decision via a memo to the state Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, said that the approval was given to increase access of indigent but deserving students to quality education in line with the administration’s Shared Prosperity Programme.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Muyideen Akorede, Governor Ahmed said, “This intervention is part of our continuing commitment to expanding access to quality education. No one should miss out on quality education because their parents cannot afford fees.

“We will continue to support students that show a commitment to excellence through good grades at all levels of education”.

While urging the beneficiaries to justify the state government’s gesture by excelling in the forthcoming examinations, Governor Ahmed called on youths across the state to apply themselves to their education and vocations as tremendous opportunities for growth await the diligent and creative.

A breakdown of the figures showed that the 6,167 beneficiaries are those who came out tops in the last State Joint Mock Examinations held across the state.

Edo state seals more FG agencies over non-remittance of taxes

Edo State government has sealed up offices of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), National Population Commission (NPC) and the Niger Delta Development Company (NDDC) in Benin City over non-remittance of  taxes.

The state’s Board of Internal Revenue had earlier in the week sealed up the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Benin Zonal Centre, NABTEB, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Commission (NDIC), on Tuesday, all on the order of the Court.

The newly re-elected government of Adams Oshiomhole has embarked on aggressive tax drive just as it promised during the elections.

But the Chairman of the Edo State Board of Internal Revenue, Chief Oseni Elama maintained that they are just carrying out their routine exercise to raise funds to support the security agencies and fund the on-going infrastructural development in the state.

However the new zonal Director of NTA, Pauline Igbanor appealed to the state governor to give her time to work out modalities of payment with the management as she resumed office a day before the Station was sealed.

The national president of the Radio, Television and Theatre Workers Union (RATTAWU) who said they were in Benin City for its union meeting also appealed to the governor to reconsider and exhaust all channels of communication before embarking on the action.

Chief Elama however said they have been in discussion for some time and “that a government is a continuum” as he appealed to the people to continue paying their taxes to assist government fulfill their promises to them.