Buhari Appoints Prof Obioma As NECO Registrar/CEO

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Godswill Obioma as the new Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO).

This is appointment comes after Prof Charles Uwakwe, former Registrar and CEO of the Council and four others were sacked on Thursday by Buhari over allegations of financial impropriety.

A statement from NECO on Friday said Obioma officially took over from the former Acting Registrar, Abubakar Gana, on May 22, 2020, at the Council’s headquarters in Minna.



Obioma started his career in 1979 at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as a research fellow, after he was retained at the end of his degree programme in the same institution. In 1988, he left the university and moved to the University of Jos, where he became the head of the research division of the institute of education as a senior research fellow.

At the age of 38 in 1991, he was appointed a professor of mathematics education and evaluation at the University of Jos. In 1993, he became the head of department, department of science, mathematics and technology education. From January 1994 to March 1994, he served as the special assistant on policy monitoring and evaluation to the then military administrator of Abia State.

From 1994 to 2000, he served as the director, monitoring and evaluation, National Primary Education Commission, Kaduna. In 2000, he became the director, monitoring and evaluation, Universal Basic Education Programme, Abuja. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the director, monitoring, research and statistics, National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), Benin city.

In March 2005, he served as a special assistant to the then minister of education, before serving two terms as the executive secretary, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, Sheda, Abuja. Later in his career, he joined Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and became the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Ebonyi State.

On 22 May 2020, Obioma was appointed by the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari as the registrar of National Examination Council, NECO for a five years tenure to replace Acting Registrar, Abubakar Gana .

According to Obioma’s appointment letter, his tenure started from 14 May 2020 to run through 14 May, 2025.

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