From John Adams Minna 


The National Examinations Council (NECO) has concluded arrangements to conduct the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

The examination body in a statement in Minna by the acting Director Directorate of Information and Digital Communication, Mallam Azeez Sani, said the decision was reached after a successful accreditation of the Nigeria International School, Jeddah, by the NECO delegation led by the Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu and the Registrar of NECO, Prof. Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi.

Azeez pointed out that during the visit to Saudi Arabia, the delegation undertook an assessment of the school facilities and had an interactive session with the management and staff of the school.

Dr. Sununu in his address to the students and staff of the school enjoined them to continue to be good ambassadors of Nigeria not only in Saudi Arabia but the entire Gulf States Cooperation Council.

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Azeez quoted the minister to have told the school management that after a careful assessment of the school’s learning facilities such as examination halls, classrooms, laboratories, library, curriculum and syllabus as well as the general security of the school, the Nigeria International School Jeddah was found worthy of consideration as an international centre for NECO SSCE examination centre and was consequently granted full accreditation.

Also speaking, Prof. Wushishi gave a brief history of the evolution of NECO to the school, explaining that the importance of the accreditation was to ensure that schools had adequate teaching and learning facilities conducive for examinations.

 The delegation was earlier received on arrival at the school by the Consular General, Ambassador Bello Kazaure, and the proprietor of the School, Alhaji Abdulkadir Maikudi and other staff of the school. 

The minister and the NECO registrar also visited the Nigeria House in Jeddah, where they interacted with the Consular General and other staff of the consulate.

It would be recalled that the NECO also has other international examination centres in Togo, Benin Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Niger Republic and Gabon.