For almost one-year Signature TV undercover reporters went underground to unearth the corruption and humongous malpractices in NECO organized examinations entitled “The Enemy Within – How NECO Officials Collude to Undermine Their Own Exams”
NECO examination officials, external examiners, and ministry of education officials compromise the NECO examinations. They collude to post candidates to special centers, negotiate fees to allow non-candidates sit exams subjects for absentee candidates, and make money for themselves while the education system goes down the abyss
We serve you this undiluted investigative report in this special edition of Corruption Tori. It is the third in our special investigative series Signature TV Investigates. It is hot!!! SUPPORTED BY THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION
On Monday, February 17, Signature TV approached an ordinary level coaching center in Abuja with a request to be registered for the June/July NECO Examination. Having attempted ordinary levels before, Signature TV did not want to receive any coaching from the centre. The centre owner offered more than registration NECO Exams.
He offered to make it possible for our undercover reporter not to even sit the examination. He offered to provide us a non-appearance service in a special Centre at a fee.
The coaching centre owner was the first leg in the web of examination fraud known to Nigerian Education Ministry Officials even at the highest level of the Federal Ministry of Education.
He linked us to one Mrs Munsurat, who would not disclose her other details, except that she is a proprietress of a private school which cannot pass for a community pig’s pen but goes by the exalted name Phebian Kings and Queens College, located in Alagbado area of Kabala West in Kaduna State.
The contact opened the second stage of the fees for results negotiation. SignatureTV had insisted on taking both the English and Mathematics papers and could allow nonappearance for the other subjects.
But first, what is nonappearance? You pay and the Exam ring provides a hired writer who would sit for the paper in your name. The fee has to be negotiated.
After Twenty Eight Thousand was agreed the woman gave our undercover reporter a GTB account number 0132019267, which we discovered belonged to one Bashirat Nike Oluwale.
On November 11, the date for mathematics subject, SignatureTv was given a school uniform and with our undercover camera, the entire fraud ring began to unfold
That will be in the second part….
Before the next part, we have reached out to Ibrahim Nabanyi of the Nigerian Parents Teachers’ Association and the NECO authorities. Interestingly they are cooperating with signature TV involved to burst this ring of results for sale.
We have also written the Minister of Education Mal. Adamu Adamu, requesting for interrogation of the dangers inherent in making results of examination body like NECO available for sale. Unfortunately, the Minister and the Minister have been stalling and dribbling us.
Next Sunday, paying for NECO supervisor, external examiners and Ministry of Education officials to get questions, ready-made answers for students who do not even know what the questions are.
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