In a bid to tackle the challenge of impersonation experienced in the conduct of its examinations, the National Examination Council (NECO) has procured 8,000 biometric machines and 20 Toyota Hilux Vans worth over N800 million.
Mr Abubakar Gana, the Acting Registrar NECO, made the disclosure at the commissioning of the equipment in Minna on Friday.
Gana said the equipment were procured to enhance operations in the areas of logistics and overall security of its examination.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this procurement makes it the first time NECO is deploying biometrics for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).
In the past, NECO had been making use of scratch cards to register over 51,000 candidates for each of its examinations which had not enabled it curb malpractices.
According to Gana, the 8,000 biometrics machine cost the council N500 million while the 20 Toyota Hilux gulped N327,800,000.
Each of the vehicle cost N16,390,000…