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The National Council (NECO) has scrapped the use of scratch cards, for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate (SSCE).

Chairman of the NECO board, Abubakar Saddiq, confirmed this on Friday during the commissioning of the equipment and unveiling of 20 Toyota Hilux Vans purchased by the agency, in Minna, Niger State.

Saddiq disclosed that they have procured 8,000 biometric machines, for registration of candidates during the conduct of its examinations.

“In the last people have to buy scratch cards in order to register for NECO examination. That is out. No more scratch cards. People (will) register online and they (will) be given a code and they will go ahead to register.

“As they register, their biometrics are captured. Every is on a particular biometric capturing machine. Every is captured on that small machine.

“It is impossible for anybody to impersonate a candidate during our exams because the captured data is on our platform,” he said.

NECO’s Acting Registrar, Abubakar Gana, said that the equipment were procured to enhance operations in the areas of logistics and overall security of its examination.

According to Gana, NECO had been making use of scratch cards to register over 51,000 candidates for each of its examinations in the past which had not enabled the agency to curb malpractices.

Gana noted that the 8,000 biometrics machine cost the council N500million, while the 20 Toyota Hilux gulped N327,800,000.

“Each of the vehicles cost N16, 390,000 while a unit of the biometric capture machine was bought at N62, 500,” he said.

This is the first time NECO would be deploying biometrics, for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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BREAKING: No reopening of schools for now – FG.. Full Details

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BREAKING: No reopening of schools for now – FG.. Full Details Boss Mustapha

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The Federal Government has said that schools would remain closed “for now .
The Presidential Taskforce on COVID – 19 made this known during its daily briefing on Monday.
While giving an update on the PTF announcement , the Personal Assistant on New Media to @MBuhari, Bashir Ahmad , tweeted , “For now , all the schools are to remain closed , the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 announces the directive .
“The Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 has requested the Aviation Industry to start developing protocols for domestic flights to possibly resume from June 21 .
“The interstate travel remains prohibited except for goods and essential travel , the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 announces .

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COVID-19: PTF submits recommendations on reopening of schools, places of worships

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COVID-19: PTF submits recommendations on reopening of schools, places of worships SGF Boss Mustapha

 

COVID-19: PTF submits recommendations on reopening of schools, places of worships SGF Boss Mustapha

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has  submitted parts of its recommendations on partial reopening of schools, places of worships and some additional businesses for possible consideration by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The chairman of the PTF, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, made this known to State House correspondents at the end of a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, the PTF has no problem with state governments that ordered reopening of places of worships in view of the power given to the states to do so by the constitution, adding that the states are sub-nationals.

He said: “That’s part of what we have considered in its totality. We will await Mr President’s on that, once I receive his approval, going forward, to certain recommendations we have put in place, we will know how that would happen.

“The issue of easing up, you know we are in the first phase, we had an extension of two weeks for the first phase, the next phase should be the second phase and along with that will come in with a lot of recommendations, which we expect Mr President to consider.

“So, the issues of places of worships; the issues of schools; the issues of some certain businesses that were not opened hitherto are part of the packages that we have looked at.

“We have made the appropriate recommendations, but you know that Mr President is the only one that can take decisions in respect of that.

“In the framework, the states are sub-nationals, they have their own responsibilities too.

“So, it is in the exercise of those responsibilities that they had meetings with those religious bodies and agreed on the guidelines and protocols on how they open up, but in the framework of the national response we are taking that into consideration.’’

On whether Nigeria is winning the fight against COVID-19, considering the rate of infections, Mustapha said:

“We are winning. As a matter of fact, you juxtapose the rate of cases with our fatality rate, which is basically about three per cent, in other countries and other climes, it’s over 10 per cent.

“But the most important thing that you will realise, when we started this exercise, we had only five testing stations, now we’ve ramped it up to 28, without the expected increase in the number of deaths.

“We have gone beyond 60,000 now, that reflects in the number of confirmed cases

“We have not reached the peak yet and I won’t want to fool Nigerians by telling them that we are out of the woods. No, we are not out of the woods.

“As we even open up and accommodate more enterprises, because we are trying to have a balance between livelihoods and life, there’s a likelihood of increase in transmission in cases,’’ he said.

Mustapha assured that essential parts of the economy would continue opening up to boost socio-economic activities across the country.

“We have started, even in the first phase and the extension that came with it.

“Essential parts of the economy was opening up by way of allowing agricultural production, people that produce fertilizers.

“The oil and gas industry was never closed for one day and some aspects of the financial sector were opened.

“After we receive Mr President’s approval tonight or tomorrow morning, we will now know which segment of the economy he has allowed to open,’’ he further revealed

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