The National Examinations Council (NECO) has launched a result verification and confirmation portal, called NECO e-Verify as part initiative to tackle the forgery of the council’s certificate.
What is NECO e-Verify?
According to the Council, the portal is an online result verification solution that guarantees instant authentication of academic and basic information about prospective candidates for admission and employment into academic institutions and work.
How FG Is Applying NECO e-Verify Across Tertiary Institutions
In order to curtail sharp practices and ensuring its activities is aligning with global best practices, the FG has accordingly directed heads of various tertiary education institutions to deploy the NECO e-Verify platform for verification of results of admission-seeking candidates that sat for the National Examinations Council Senior School Certificate Examination.
The notice was made known to the public when the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr David Andrew Adejo, unveiled of the NECO e-Verify platform on Thursday in Abuja.
Adejo revealed that the platform would go a long way in fishing out fake results, especially during the admission process.
In his words: “Arising from the fact that tertiary institutions must verify and confirm results of candidates to be admitted into their schools, the need for recertification for results becomes very necessary.
“All Vice Chancellors of universities, rectors of polytechnics, provosts of colleges of education, head of other tertiary institutions, including Innovation Enterprises Institutions are therefore mandated to make use of NECO e-Verify software for verifying all candidates that will be admitted who sat in NECO exam.”
The Importance of the NECO e-Verify Portal
According to the Registrar of NECO, Professor Dantani Wushishi, the introduction of the NECO e-Verify was due to the growing need for verification and confirmation of results by institutions both home and abroad; he stressed that the Council has been inundated with requests for certificate and results verification.
Wushishi further disclosed that from available records, there were requests for verification and confirmation of results from 64 institutions across 37 countries over a two-year period (2020-2022); unlike before, the requests for verification and confirmation of results were routed through the Council’s headquarters in Minna, and this is said to always take a long time to process.
He added that the result verification is an important process that helps to ensure the accuracy of academic credentials.
According to him, “Due to the growing need for verification and confirmation of results by institutions both home and abroad, the Council decided that now was the best time to introduce the e-Verify platform.
“From available records at our disposal, we have observed that there were requests for verification and confirmation of results from 64 institutions across 37 countries over a two-year period (2020-2022).
“Similarly, we have such requests from 72 institutions in Nigeria within the same period-this is besides requests from individuals which are numerous.
“Result verification is an important process that helps to ensure the accuracy of academic credentials.
“By verifying the authenticity of candidates’ results, academic institutions and employers will be more confident that they are admitting and hiring persons who have the required qualification for further studies and specific job schedules.