About 69,828 pupils sat for the 2022 National Common Entrance Examination (NECO) for admission into the 110 federal government colleges across the country.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu , who led top officials from both the Federal Ministry of Education and NECO on a monitoring exercise to some centres in Abuja expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination.
Mallam Adamu, represented by David Adejo, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said out of the total figure, there are more female applicants than their male counterparts in the on-going examination.
“Of the 69,000 plus, we have 36,855 female applicants while the balance of 32,000 plus are male,” he said.
On his assessment of the exercise, he noted that the examination had been hitch-free and peaceful. He added that laid out standards and criteria would strictly be adhered to in the selection of the successful candidates.
“As far as Nigerian basic education is concerned, and in respect to the junior and secondary schools, the unity schools still remain the best, so for you to get into it, it has to be competitive.
The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, NECO, Professor Ibrahim Wushishi who affirmed that the one week extension of the examination had actually boosted the enrollment, noted that Lagos State recorded the highest number of registered candidates for this year’s examination.