In order to get a lasting solution to the manace of impersonation experienced in the conduct of examinations, the National Examination Council (NECO) has acquired eight thousand biometric machines and twenty Toyota Hilux Vans worth over N800 million to resolve some of its challenges.
Abubakar Gana, Acting Registrar of the examination council, said the equipments were obtained to enhance operations in the areas of losgistics and overall security of its examination in Minna over the weekend.
The Registrar confessed that the procurement makes it the first time NECO is deploying biometrics for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).
“The last time the council bought vehicles was in 2013. We have also bought 8,000 units of biometric capture machines, which can verify the identity of candidates, as well as record attendance.
“In the last year, we were able to save money and seek approval from the board and Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP). The essence of the biometric is to deal with impersonation to help sanitise the system thereby having quality standards,” the Registrar stated.
Also, Abubakar Saddiq, Chairman, NECO Board, said the procurement of the equipment was necessary as the council had in the past been borrowing vehicles to enable it run its examinations.