In a recent development, the Federal Government has issued a stern warning to universities and other tertiary institutions in Nigeria, urging them not to discriminate against individuals holding certificates from the National Examinations Council (NECO).
The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, conveyed this directive in an official statement signed by the ministry’s spokesperson, Bem Goong. Mamman emphasized the government’s commitment to addressing challenges facing the education sector and ensuring fair treatment for NECO certificate holders.
During a briefing session with the leadership of NECO, Mamman pledged to tackle logistical challenges confronting the examination body. The statement quoted Mamman, saying, “The administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is problem-solving oriented, and he is ready to resolve all genuine challenges facing the sector within the limits of available resources and legal framework.”
Asserting the critical importance of education, Mamman called for collaborative efforts from all stakeholders to elevate the sector to greater heights. He emphasized the need for unity in addressing challenges and achieving positive outcomes in the education sector.
Additionally, the Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Sununu, expressed pride in NECO as a national asset and assured the ministry’s commitment to facilitating the fulfillment of NECO’s mandate. Dr. Sununu cautioned against any institution or establishment that discriminates against NECO certificates, stating that such actions would denigrate Nigeria as a nation.
He underscored the fact that NECO certificates meet both national and international standards, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and respecting the credentials issued by the examination body. The caution from the Minister of State for Education serves as a firm stance against discrimination based on educational qualifications and seeks to promote equal opportunities for individuals with NECO certificates.