The National Examination Council (NECO) has procured 8000 biometric machines to verify candidates’ identity for the 2019 NECO Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.
Registrar of the Council, Abubakar Gana, who disclosed this in Minna, Niger State, said the biometric machines, which were procured late last year following approval from NECO’s Governing Council and Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) would also check impersonation during the examination.
He spoke during the commissioning of 20 Toyota Hilux vans and biometric machines by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education, Sunny Echono.
The machines, he said, were worth N500m, while the new 20 Toyota Hilux vans procured for distribution of examination materials, were procured at N327,800,000.
Gana said NECO saved well over N2bn through its prudent management of funds, adding that the agency would save more in the future as it has fully integrated its transactions into the Treasury Single Account, (TSA).
Chairman Governing Board of NECO, Abubakar Sadiq, announced that the examination body had eliminated the use of scratch cards and adopted pin vending to check activities of fraudsters, who may take advantage of the system to defraud unsuspecting candidates.(The Guardian)