From Dan Amasingha, Minna.
Three days after the sacking of Professor Charles Uwaike and four Directors of NECO, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Godswill Obioma as the new Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council(NECO)
A letter dated May 15, 2020 with Reference No: FME/PS/396/C1/1/134 and signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu stated that the appointment, which is for an initial tenure of five years, took effect from May 14, 2020.
In a press release signed by Mallam Azeez Sani, Head of Information and Public Relations said Buhari effected the changes in order to re position the National Examination body.
According to the release, the newly appointed Registrar and chief executive is a Professor of Education Measurement and Evaluation.
Professor Obioma obtained was born on December 12, 1953 and hails from Bende Local Government Area of Abia State. The statement further explained that the new Registrar formally took over the affairs of the Council from the former Acting Registrar, Mallam Abubakar Gana at the Council’s Headquarters in Minna on Friday, May 22.
He was a former Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council, Abuja
Prof. Obioma also held other key positions in the education sector, among which are: Director, Monitoring, Research and Statistics, National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB); Director Monitoring and Evaluation Universal Basic Education Programme; Director Monitoring and Evaluation National Primary Education Commission and Head, Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology, University of Jos.
Until his appointment as Registrar/CEO of NECO, Prof. Obioma was the Ebonyi State Resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
An erudite scholar, Prof. Obioma has many scholarly publications to his credit. He is married and blessed with children.