From Fred Ezeh, Abuja

Former Nigerian Leaders, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB Rtd), and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd) have commended the Registrar of National Examinations Council (NECO) Prof. Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi,.for the various reforms that he has initiated since his assumption of Office few years ago.

Similarly, the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Farouq Bahago, has also appreciated the transformative moves that have been initiated by the management of NECO led by the Registrar, Prof. Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi.

NECO spokesman, Azeez Sani, in a statement, on Saturday, indicated that the former leaders made the commendation when Prof. Wushishi led the management of NECO on separate courtesy visits to the elder statesmen at their respective Hilltop Mansions in Minna.

While speaking at the residence of Gen. Babangida, Prof. Wushishi, enumerated the various challenges which he inherited on assumption of duty, such as dearth of basic facilities like office furnitures and equipments, absence of decent office accommodation in most states of the federation and low Staff morale, among others.

He however disclosed that most of the challenges have been surmounted due to judicious use of resources and initiation of laudable reforms that have turn around the fortunes of the Council.

The former Military President expressed delight over the various reforms initiated by the Registrar which, he said, has placed NECO on world map.

He stated: “I am quite impressed with what you have been able to achieve since your assumption of office. NECO is an important institution which has a great role to play in the educational development of Nigeria,

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“I therefore urge you and your management not to relent in your efforts in sustaining this very important Government institution”.

Similarly, Gen. Abdulsalami in his remarks said, “I don’t know whether to commiserate with you or to commend you in view of the pathetic picture you have presented when you assumed Office.

“I will, however, commend your ability to overcome these challenges, and for putting NECO in its rightful place among the comity of examination bodies in the world”.

He confirmed that his administration as Military President mid-wife the establishment of NECO in 1999, and expressed happiness that despite the initial teething problems, it has become a formidable examination body to be reckoned with.

At the palace of the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Farouq Bahago, the Registrar was commended for his ability to stem Staff agitation and restiveness.

The Royal Father expressed satisfaction with the performance of Prof. Wushishi since his assumption of Office, and declared that the people of Niger State are solidly behind him because he not let down the State.


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