NASU protests plan to scrap NECO
The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associate Institutions (NASU), National Examination Council (NECO) chapter, yesterday dismissed the recommendation of the Steven Oronsanye committee on the scrapping of the examination body, as unpatriotic.
It asked the Federal Government to reject the recommendation.
The Chairman of the union, Comrade Abdulrasheed Rabanna, said at a press conference in Minna that actualising the recommendation would take the country back to the colonial era.
‘’This is going to be another great set back in the nation’s drive towards self reliance in education; a key aspect of the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration,” he said.
The NASU Chairman said that despite the numerous challenges that have confronted NECO since it was established, it has never shirked its responsibility.
He argued that even if the organisation is not living up to expectation, the Federal Government should define its role properly instead of contemplating scrapping it.
He said: “Whatever our shortcomings are, all they (government) should do is to help us channel them properly and take us back to the path we should go, rather than scrapping it or even considering handing it over to WAEC, an outside body.
‘’Handing over NECO to WAEC will amount to possible subjugation of the Nigerian sovereignty and national pride to the regional body. As our leaders are contemplating tying our educational life to the apron string of the regional body, the big question arising from this dangerous dance is: should anything unexpected happen to WAEC and with no national body to fall back to, where does Nigeria run to?’’
He also wondered why government would want to throw the 4000 employees of NECO into the employment market.
“Who are they cutting the cost for, and for God sake, what definition are they giving to the transformation agenda?’’ he queried.