The National Examinations Council (NECO) says it is targeting a remittance of N1.2 billion into the federation account by the end of 2018 financial year.

Prof. Charles Uwakwe, Registrar NECO, disclosed this at an interaction with newsmen in Abuja.

Uwakwe said that the council was working tirelessly to complement President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s drive to check all leakages and improve all sectors of the country’s economy.

“We just returned from the defence of our budget in the National Assembly and they said that there is need for us to increase our remittance to the federation account.

“We have which we have been working on that.

“We have improved from N320 million to more than N500 million currently.

“We estimate that by next end of the year, we should be able to remit to the federation account about N1.2 billion, and it is appropriate for us to do that,’’ he said.

According to him, NECO is fully aware of the weight of the responsibility it is saddled with as the indigenous assessment body and is striving to ensure that it provides quality services and credible examination.

“In doing so, we ourselves do a lot of self-assessment and soul searching as we provide this services.

“I am in touch with all my state officers and zonal coordinators regularly and consistently.

“We do a lot of on the spot assessment of the situation to the best of our ability, so essentially; it has been very rewarding if you consider the number of examinations we take within the limit of our resources.’’

He said the council was fully aware of its mandate; hence prudent management of resources had been its guiding principle.

On accountability by the examination body, Uwakwe said the council did not operate independently in terms of budgeting as it was under the strict guidance of the Federal Ministry of Education, the National Assembly and the other relevant authorities.

“Every year we provide information as to what we generate and what our expenditure is; and we go to defend it.

“The records of how many candidates we register and how much we make from our examination; it is there in the public domain, so it is practically impossible to hide anything.

“As the chief executive, I have been given an important responsibility to run our indigenous assessment organisation and I am well guided by the ethics of prudent management of resources and zero tolerance for impunity.’’

Uwakwe said he held regular interaction with members of staff on the field to have an on the spot assessment of their activities, challenges and address them accordingly.

On recruitment, he said that what the council had done was replacement which is done by due process with clearance from the Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Character Commission and the Head of Service.

“We have documented evidence of waivers and approvals,’’ he said.

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