President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Godswill Obioma as Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Azeez Sani, spokesperson of the council announced in a statement.
According to Sani, Obioma’s appointment was contained in a letter dated 15th May, 2020 with Reference No: FME/PS/396/C1/1/134 and signed by Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education.
The letter stated that the appointment which is for an initial tenure of five years, takes effect from 14th May, 2020.
This followed the removal of Charles Ukwakwu, former registrar of NECO who was indicted for violation of procurement process.
A professor of Education Measurement and Evaluation, Obioma was born on 12th December 1953 and hail from Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
Obioma took over formally the affairs of the Council on Friday from the former Acting Registrar, Abubakar Gana at the Council’s Headquarters in Minna.
He was a former Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council.
Prof. Obioma has 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/CE 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.