The Federal Government has said that no decision has been taken on the matter to scrap the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME and the National Examination Council.

Many groups including members of the National Assembly and labour unions  have already kicked against the planned scrapping of the institutions, which have been providing services for students across the country.

Although the government is yet to issue a white paper on the recommendation of the Oronsaye Report, which recommended the reduction of government agencies to a reasonable number to save costs, a top government official last week leaked a report to state House correspondents, claiming that NECO and UTME had been laid to rest.

But the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, told Vanguard in an exclusive interview in Abuja that the government was yet to take any decision on the issue and asked Nigerians not to panic.

According to Wike, it was improper for people to spread rumours about what the administration had not taken a firm decision on.

Wike said, “It is true that there was a committee set up to issue a white paper on the Oronsaye Report and up till now the committee has not presented its report to the government for examination and adoption to warrant the kind of rumours making the rounds and causing anxiety in the country.

“What Nigerians should believe and expect from the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan is nothing but the best at all times. This government means well for the education sector and will therefore not do anything that will not be in the best interest of all Nigerians.

“If the government wants to take any decision on JAMB, NECO and the rest, such actions will be weighed and taken with the overall best interest of all and I can assure Nigerians that no such action has yet been taken.”

Wike explained that the government was rather working hard to reposition the education sector by providing necessary facilities and personnel for all the unity schools in the country as well as strengthen tertiary education to make it more useful to Nigerians.

According to the minister, the overall goal of the ministry was to meet the Millennium Development Goal and pave the way for some of Nigeria’s universities to meet international standards and be counted among the best in the world.

Wike pointed out that the present administration was also working hard to clear the rot in the education system by ensuring regular inspection of schools and training of teachers and other operators of the system to enable them to cope with the modern techniques of teaching and learning.

“The situation in the Nigerian education system is taking a better shape that it was when we first came in and we are not going to rest until we sanitise the situation for the interest of the nation and its people because education holds the key for the nation’s advancement,” Wike stated.

Vanguard learnt from competent sources that a crucial meeting of heads of parastatals had been slated for today to enable the administration to deliberate on the outcome of the Orosonya report, with a view to streamlining the agencies with a view to issuing a white paper.

The meeting, which is to be presided over by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, will seek the inputs of stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free implementation of the agencies to merged or scrapped.

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2 thoughts on “We’ve not decided to scrap NECO,UTME – FG

  1. It is too rugrubiuse ,and pandemonioum for any person to come up todaqy and propose for the scraping of neco,if any person havegood thing to do 4 nigerian he shuld do not to kill nigerian,iam the of austhimatic to say dat neco shuld stand,comrade ocheme simon is my name from benue state.

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  2. How can a reasonable person suggested that closing of NECO and UTME is the best way to reduce government spending. what happen to petroleum surbisidies fraud which i believe if a meaningful investigation have been carried out and culprit jailed appropriately and their asset confisticated will have save several billion of Nigerian tax payer money.
    Let be realistic, the srapping of these agencies will best defined this administration and its insincerity to the elcetorate . I hope the next agency to be scrap will be Nigeria prison service so that people who embezzle money will be able to walk free so that they can contribute to production of crude oil production like DSP is doing.
    But let all Nigerians home and abroad kick against this decision if it appear to be truth because only God knows who and what to believe now. Please let Mr president stop playing politics with the future of our children if this is in his hidden agenda for our dear country.
    Think about job,think about education and think about tommorrow. Remember you are not a life president .May God guild Mr president and his advisers of dome who themselves are the reason why we in this mess, to walk the part of Honour.

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