The National Examinations Council (NECO) has rescheduled its examinations scheduled for Oct. 22, 23, and 24 to November, owing to insecurity and curfew imposed by some states.
Mr Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division (NECO) said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, October 21.
Sani said that the affected papers were now scheduled for Nov. 17, 18, and 19.
”This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that the National Examinations Council (NECO) has been constrained by circumstances beyond its control, to reschedule the papers meant for Thursday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24.
”The affected papers are now scheduled for 17th, 18th, and also 19th November 2020.
”The examination time table for these papers will be made available subsequently.
“These changes were due to the security challenges, which led to the imposition of curfew and closure of schools by some state governments in order to safeguard lives and properties,’’ he said.
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Sani said that the development became difficult for the council to move examination materials across the country.
”The NECO prays that the examinations will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 27, all things being equal, with the papers as originally scheduled in the examination time table,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday, October 21, inaugurated an 11-member Independent Investigative Panel (IIP); to probe allegations of human rights violations against the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Nigeria Police Force (NFP).
Inaugurating the panel, the Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mr Tony Ojukwu named Justice Suleiman Galadima, JSC (Rtd) as chairman; Abdulrahaman Yakubu representing NHRC, representatives of Civil society, Dr Lydia Umar as well as Dr Uju Agomoh.
Others members are representatives of the youth, Mr Mubarak Mijinyawa (speaker Nigerian Youth Parliament); representatives of Police Service Commission, Mr Tijani Mohammed.