President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi as Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO).
The new registrar replaces Professor Godswill Obioma from Abia State, who died a few months ago in Abuja.
Obioma’s death on 31 May, 2021, sparked a major controversy, with allegation in some quarters that he was murdered as a revenge for the killing of All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ahmed Gulak, by unknown gunmen in Owerri a few days earlier, but his family denied the claim, saying the Abia State-born professor passed on after a brief illness.
Before the appointment of Obioma as Registrar in 2020, Prof. Charles Uwakwe-also from South-East , who was then NECO boss, was booted out of office, alongside about four management staff of the exam body over alleged fraud.
But a statement signed by Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division of NECO, which was obtained by PlatinumPost on Monday, said the new registrar would be in office for a term of five years.
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The statement read: “In a letter dated 16th July,2021 with reference No: FME/PSE/NECO/1078/C.1/36 and signed by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, stated that the appointment which is for an initial tenure of five years, takes effect from 12TH July,2021.
” A Professor of Science Education, Wushishi was born on 5th April, 1965 and hail from Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State.
” Professor Wushishi was a lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, before he transfered his service to Federal University of Technology, Minna.
“He has held other positions in the education sector, among which are Post Graduate Coordinator, Department of Science Education, Federal University of Technology, Minna; Sub-Dean School of Science and Science Education, FUT, Minna; Head of Department, Department of Science Education, FUT Minna; Head of Department, Department of Science Education, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai.
“Until his appointment as Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO, Prof. wushishi was a Professor of Science Education (Chemistry) at the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
” An erudite scholar, Prof. Wushishi has many scholarly publications to his credit. He is married and blessed with children.”