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NECO Releases Nov/Dec Results



The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the 2012 November/December Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination with an improvement over the past three years’ results.

A total of 83,755 candidates registered for the examinations, out of which 75,623 actually sat for the examinations.

Registrar/Chief Executive of the council, Professor Promise Okpala while formally releasing the results in Minna, yesterday, said a total of 21,274 malpractice cases were recorded across the country during the examinations.

A breakdown of the results shows that 83,755 candidates registered for English, out of which 75,623 sat for it while 25,620 or 33.86 per cent got credit, 15,268 or 20.18 per cent passed while 32,425 or 42.87 per cent failed.

In Mathematics, 83,560 registered, out of which 75,245 sat for the examinations while 41,228 or 54.79 per cent had credit while 8,034 or 10.67 per cent passed and 23,962 or 31.84 per cent failed.

Results of some of the core subjects also show that out of 80,829 that registered for them, 72,887 sat for them while 16,650 or 22.84 per cent had credit while 12,768 or 17.51 per cent passed and 41,352 or 56.73 per cent failed.

In Chemistry, 38,123 registered for it while 35,194 actually sat with 10,620 or 30.17 per cent having credit, 4,501 or 12.178 per cent having pass while 18,974 or 53.91 per cent failed.

Other core subjects like Physics had 38,039 registered with 35,057 while 94 or 0.26 per cent had credit, 8.74 or 2.49 per cent having pass while 33,000 or 94.13 per cent failed.

Further Mathematics had 3,564 registered with 2,310 sitting, 352 or 15.23 per cent coming out with credit while 208 or 9.00 per cent had pass with 40.501 or 71.92 per cent failing the paper.

Prof Okpala said the council will continue to ensure appropriate standard and excellence before, during and after the examinations, pointing out that with the efforts put in past years, the results being released and those to be released in future will be reliable, valid and credible.

A comparative analysis of the results by subjects depicts improvement over the past three years from 4.7 per cent in 2010, through 10.0 per cent in 2011 to 33.9 per cent in 2012 in English Language and from 19.4 per cent in 2010 through 44.7 per cent in 2011 to 54.8 per cent in 2012 in Mathematics.

Chairman, Governing Board of the council, Dr Paddy Njoku, who was present at the official release of the results, said analysis has shown that the past examinations were devoid of leakage, and thus, making a distinctive progress of the integrity of NECO Certificates.

“Because of the high standard of NECO Certificate now, people tend to acquire the certificate by all means and just as people tend to fake the dollars more than other currencies because of its acceptability so is also NECO Certificate but we will continue to fight those involved in trying to fake our Certificate,” the board chairman assured.

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Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity



Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).

Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.

It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.

Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.

Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.

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Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments



President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.

The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.

According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.

He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.

Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.

The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.

He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.

On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.

He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.

“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.

“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.

“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.

”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.

“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.

“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.

On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.

On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.

According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”

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Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari



Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.

The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.

Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.

He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.

He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.

“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.

“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.

“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”

He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.

This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.

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