By Laleye Dipo
Barely two days after removing Professor Charles Uwakwe as the Registrar of the National Examination Council NECO, President Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed Professor Godswill Obioma, as the new Registrar/Chief Executive officer of the examination body.
Professor Obioma on Friday assumed duties at the Minna headquarters of the Council.
According to a statement made available to newsmen in Minna on Friday by Head Information and Public Relations of NECO, Mr Azeez Sani, Professor Obioma’s appointment was contained in a letter dated 15th May, 2020 with Reference No: FME/PS/396/C1/1/134 and signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
The statement states that the appointment is for an initial tenure of five years and with effect from 14th May, 2020.
Professor Obioma takes over from Mallam Abubakar Gana who had been acting as Registrar for more than one year.
Until his appointment Prof. Obioma was the Ebonyi State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.
The new appointee a professor of Education Measurement and Evaluation, was born on 12th December 1953 and hails from Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
He was the former Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council, and was also the Director, Monitoring, Research and Statistics, National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB); Director Monitoring and Evaluation Universal Basic Education Programme; Director Monitoring and Evaluation National Primary Education Commission and Head, Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology, University of Jos.
An erudite scholar, Prof. Obioma has many scholarly publications to his credit.
He is married with children.