The National Examinations Council (NECO) has made a significant announcement, indefinitely postponing its 2024 staff promotion examination. This decision, as revealed in a statement signed by Azeez Sani, the acting Director of the Directorate of Information and Digital Communication, was communicated via a letter dated February 9, 2024.
Initially slated to occur on February 14 and 15, 2024, in Minna, Niger State, the promotion examination’s fate has shifted with NECO opting to put it on hold. This news comes amidst growing concerns regarding the security and economic challenges prevailing across the nation.
The House of Representatives recently took action by directing its Committees on Education, Examination Board, and Basic Education to engage with NECO regarding the promotion examination for approximately 1,500 staff members. The decision stemmed from the acknowledgment of the precarious security situation and the economic hardships confronting citizens, including NECO personnel.
Akeem Adeyemi, a member of the All Progressives Congress, echoed these sentiments, highlighting the imprudence of compelling thousands of staff members to converge from various parts of the country for an examination amid prevailing circumstances.
In response to the resolution by the House of Representatives, Sani affirmed, “The Management of the National Examinations Council, NECO, has announced the indefinite postponement of the 2024 Staff Promotion Examination earlier scheduled to hold on 14th and 15th February 2024 in Minna, Niger State.”
He further iterated, “The postponement complies with the directive of the Committee on Basic Examination Bodies of the House of Representatives,” emphasizing the alignment of NECO’s decision with the legislative directive.
Consequently, NECO has advised all staff members eligible for promotion this year to take note of the indefinite postponement, marking a temporary halt to the anticipated examination process