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

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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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JAMB cancels UTME result of another candidate, gives reasons

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has disclosed the result cancellation of another candidate of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation , UTME.

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JAMB said the candidate, Kingsley Unekwe’s result was canceled because he altered his score.

Addressing reporters on Friday in Abuja, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said 18-year-old Unekwe was caught inflating his original UTME score from 201 to 269.

Oloyede said the discovery was made when Unekwe and his mother appeared before some officials of the board in Abuja.

The JAMB Registrar also disclosed that the boy would be handed over to security agencies for prosecution.

According to Oloyede: “Anybody who does post-result infraction will have their results withdrawn by the board.

“You are the fifth person. Two of them are already being prosecuted because we showed them clearly that they forged their results to deceive their parents who are desperate like your parents are to study medicine.

“We will prosecute you for attempting to damage the image of the board. We told your father that we have all the facts, if we find out that the facts are not correct you will be prosecuted.”

The 18-year-old becomes the fifth person whose UTME result was withdrawn and canceled by the board.

Oloyede said the boy edited the original score allocated to him by the board and presented it to his parents as the original result, adding that Unekwe’s parent had called the board, alleging irregularities in their son’s result.

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Again, gunmen attack University of Ibadan, injure students

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Some gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers in the early hours of Sunday, attacked another students hostel at the University of Ibadan.

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DAILY POST gathered that the gunmen raided the Abdulsalami Abubakar hostel, a post graduate hostel occupied by both male and female graduate students.

Our correspondent recalls that some gunmen had in July, attacked the Awolowo Hall, one of the female hostels in the institution.

A post graduate student in the institution, told DAILY POST that the robbers, in the latest attack, invaded the hostel around 2 am and knocked down the door leading to the hostel containing four blocks, two of which accommodate males and the other two, females.

Items stole from the students included mobile phones and laptops.

One of the students, said, “They had a struggle entering into the hostel because the security in New Hall is actually tight. The bang we heard when the door was axed down already told us that something was coming for us.

“But we didnt know what it was and we were wondering where the securities and potters were at this time.”

Another source told DAILY POST that one of the students who dragged his telephone with the robbers sustained a machete wound. The source revealed that the robbers took to their heels at the approaching sound of sirens.

Another female postgraduate student who asked not to be named told DAILY POST that’ “This is something else, UI security is getting worse everyday.”

Director of Public Communication, University of Ibadan, Mr. Tunji Oladejo who confirmed the incident, however, said that the university was not immuned in the prevailing security situation in the country.

Oladejo, who insisted that the university was on top of the situation, also confirmed that some of the students were injured during the attack.

“I can confirm to you that the story is true. We have reported the matter to the police. They did their best.

“Let me also, say that it is Abdulsalami Abubakar hall. It is a post graduate hostel for both male and female.

“Those who perpetrated the incident knew the terrain became they did not go to male hostel. We are still working and the investigation is still ongoing.

“UI is not immuned to what is happening in Nigeria, the security situation in the country. We don’t know how they came. The security did their best. They injured some students.”

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