The National Examination Council (NECO) has postponed its examination scheduled to begin on October 19, 2020, due to the ongoing #EndSARS protests against the extrajudicial activities of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across the country.
KanyiDaily had reported that there is an ongoing #EndSARS protest across the country against the SARS tactical unit of the Nigerian Police Force over its brutality, illegal arrest, extortion, extra-judicial killings, among others.
In a statement issued on Sunday, NECO’s head of information and public relations division, Azeez Sani said the examination will now start on November 16.
Sani said the decision was taken because of the ongoing #ENDSARS protests which has affected human and vehicular movement. He explained that the protest had affected the supply of examination materials.
“This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that the National Examinations Council (NECO) has been constrained to reschedule the Paper I Computer Studies Practical’s earlier scheduled to take place on Monday 19 October 2020, 10 am to 1 pm. The examination of this paper will now hold on Monday 16 November 2020, 10 am-1 pm.
”This unforeseen incident has been caused by the ENDSARS protest that blocked the free movement of transport at the City entrance gate Benin.
“The NECO delivery truck had left its take-off point well in advance two days earlier to deliver examination materials to some states and has been held up in the blockage since then.
“The Council wishes to assure all stakeholders and the general public that the affected examination materials have been retrieved intact and are in the custody of NECO’s vault.
”While regretting any inconveniences this rescheduling may cause our esteemed stakeholders, the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examinations procedures for seamless conduct of the Council’s examination.”
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has called on the #EndSARS protesters to halt their demonstrations across the country and give the government time to implement the demands.