Laleye Dipo in Minna

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has assured newly appointed zonal coordinators and state officers that they would be given adequate support to perform their duties according to laid down rules.

The Registrar, Professor Abdulrasheed Garba gave the assurance during his maiden meeting with the coordinators at the Minna Headquarters of the examination body on Monday.

In a reorganisation exercise carried out by the registrar last week, eight zonal offices were created, while 36 state officers and that of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja were appointed.

Garba told the new officers that they must pursue the implementation of policies and programmes of the organisation with vigour, adding that those found wanting would be disciplined according to the rules governing staff management.

Specifically the registrar said they must implement the federal government’s stamp duty and treasury single account (TSA) policies to the latter, adding that anyone that violates the policy runs the risk of facing serious sanction.

He said the TSA was designed to “ensure accountability of government revenue, enhance transparency and avoid misapplication of funds,” while the stamp duty “is to legitimise all transactions entered into by the Council.”

At the end of the meeting, Garba released utility vehicles to each of the eight zonal coordinators, which he said was to facilitate easy performance of their assignments, especially during the conduct of examinations.

He also assured the state officers that the management would provide them with conducive working environment within available resources of the organisation.