Following the death of Godswill Obioma, the substantive registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), the examination body has appointed the director of special duties, Ebikibina Ogborodi, as an acting registrar.
The new appointment was contained in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon and signed by the head, information and public relations division of the examination council, Azeez Sani.
According to the statement, the appointment was made by the NECO’s governing board at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday.
The statement added that Mr Ogborodi was appointed, as the most senior director at the examination council.
The statement reads, in part; “The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council (NECO) has approved the appointment of Mr. Ebikibina John Ogborodi as the Acting Registrar/Chief Executive of the Council.
“The appointment followed the death of the Registrar, Professor Godswill Obioma on Monday, 1st June, 2021 after a brief illness.
Until his appointment, Mr Ogborodi was the Director, Special Duties, in the Council.
“A Circular issued by the Director, Human Resource Management, Mr Mustapha K. Abdul, explained that the Acting Registrar’s appointment was endorsed by the Governing Board at its emergency meeting held on 2nd June 2021.”
It would be recalled that f Mr Obioma was declared dead after claims that he was strangled to death.
His death was announced on Tuesday by the examination body following a message shared with the council by the deceased’s son, Godswill Obioma (Junior).
He had reportedly travelled to Minna on Monday where he couldn’t go to office because he was ill. He was later found lifeless in his room less than two hours after he spoke to his personal assistant, Obinna Otumdi, on his degenerating health situation.
In the statement released, Mr Ogborodi hails from Bayelsa State, southern Nigeria, studied at the University of Jos, Plateau State.
The statement said; “Mr. Ogborodi hails from Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. He obtained his first Degree from University of Jos in 1986 and a Master Degree in Learning Disability from the same university in 1999.
“The Acting Registrar joined the service of NECO in 1999 and had served in different capacities.