In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 26th, September, 2020

How Former Appearing Registrar Of NECO, Gana, Siphoned N368m Registration Charges In Six Months

How Former Acting Registrar Of NECO, Gana, Siphoned N368m Registration Fees In Six Months

Abubakar Gana

Abubakar Gana

Abubakar Gana, former Appearing Registrar of Nationwide Examinations Council, is at present enmeshed in a corruption saga involving the misappropriation of about N368,875,000.00 belonging to the examination council, a doc seen by SaharaReporters has proven.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in Could 2018 appointed Gana as Appearing Registrar of NECO following the suspension of Charles Uwakwe for varied offences bordering on monetary impropriety.

He was reverted to his place as a director within the council following the appointment of Godswill Obioma as substantial Registrar on Could 14, 2020.

In response to the doc seen by SaharaReporters, Gana connived with some senior officers of NECO to divert about N368m generated by the council from the 2018 June/July SSCE registration charges between June and December 2018.

A supply mentioned the previous Appearing Registrar in collaboration with the Director of Finance and Accounts, Jacob Samuel Ekele, and the then Appearing Director of Examination Administration, Mustapha Okay. Abdul, diverted the cash from the council’s coffers underneath the pretence that the quantity represented a income loss because of ‘lacking’ 32,500 models of 2018 June/July SSCE registration playing cards (price N368,875,000) in NECO workplace Ibadan, Oyo State.

SaharaReporters gathered that the trio persuaded the Governing Board into believing former Oyo State officer and one director conspired to promote the playing cards and misappropriated the cash.

“The 2 officers had been painfully dismissed from service with out a truthful listening to and due course of. Whereas the actual fact of the matter, as totally investigated by us present that NECO didn’t lose a kobo to that incident. That the allegation in opposition to the dismissed Officers was utterly false and baseless,”
the supply mentioned.

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The supply mentioned that other than the sacking of the previous Oyo officer alongside a director, Gana additionally misled President Muhammadu Buhari into heaping the blame for the “lacking playing cards” amongst different issues on Uwakwe, a former Registrar of NECO.

“NECO Workplace Ibadan was burgled on 18th December 2017 throughout which 32500 models of 2018 June/July SSCE Registration playing cards price N368, 875,000.00 had been stolen. On the time of the incident, the then state officer was mentioned to be in Minna on annual trip, identical to each different NECO workers on the time.

“On getting the knowledge, the state officer referred to as one among his Oyo State workplace workers to report the incident to the closest police station in Ibadan on the identical 18th December 2017. The state officer additionally informally knowledgeable the affected director and the South-West Zonal Coordinator (all by way of telephone calls).

“The director then again additionally knowledgeable the then Registrar, Prof Charles Uwakwe, verbally (by way of telephone name) on the identical day. Due to this fact, the playing cards bought stolen not ‘lacking’ as falsely alleged by the Appearing Registrar.

“Upon resumption from the annual vacation in January 2018, the state officer formally reported the incident to the Registrar by way of a letter dated 17th January 2018 however acquired on the headquarters of NECO on 29th January 2018.

“The report was speedily acted upon by the affected director on the identical 29th January 2018 as evidenced by minute “A” on the report and the register beneath.

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“The report, which beneficial the blocking/monitoring of the playing cards, finally bought to the Appearing Director, ICT Division, on 23rd February 2018, as indicated on the hooked up out-going despatch register.

“The then Appearing Director, ICT Division, had all of the 32500 stolen playing cards utterly “blocked” thereby rendering them utterly ineffective. A brand new set of playing cards had been issued to the then-new Oyo State officer, in alternative for the stolen however blocked playing cards.

“On assumption of obligation as Appearing Registrar on 10th Could 2018, Mr Gana didn’t deem it match to confirm from or question the Director that handled the case or have a look at the proof within the case file or the reason given by the state officer earlier than reporting the 2 officers to EFCC in July 2018.

“With out ready for EFCC report on the extent of culpability or in any other case of the 2 officers, the Appearing Registrar conspiratorially satisfied the Chairman of the Board, Dr Abubakar Sadiq, to wrongly trigger the dismissal of the 2 officers in July 2019 on the bottom that their negligence had brought on a income lack of N368, 875,000 to the council. Whereas no cash was misplaced by NECO from the incident since all of the stolen playing cards had been rendered ineffective.

“With the dismissal of the 2 officers, Abubakar M. Gana, in collaboration with Director, Finance and Account, Dr Jacob Samuel Ekele and the then Appearing Director, Examination Administration, Mr Mustapha Okay Abdul, efficiently siphoned the sum of N368, 875,000 out of the 2018 June/July SSCE registration charges; underneath the felony pretence, that the quantity represents a income loss because of the stolen 32500 models of 2018 June/July SSCE registration playing cards,” one other supply informed SaharaReporters.

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Supply: SaharaReporters

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