The staff of the National Examination Council (NECO) may today, 24th June embark on strike to press home their demands for the payment of outstanding two years hazard allowances.

A source within the council, who preferred anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to journalists said the aggrieved workers have four demands from government including 100 per cent payment of “our allowances for the on-going exams”. grapevine gathered that the staff are complaining that they are often paid only 50 per cent despite the “remittance of N10 billion to the council this year” from exam fees.

Other demands include payment of their hazard allowances, promotion which have been delayed by management and allegedly based on “ethnic” affiliations.

“We have resolved to stage a protest strike to press home for our demands; there is no way the sum of N10bn can be remit to the council this year and our allowances cannot be paid to us. After all where is the money the council collected from candidates that have registered for this year’s exams?,” a source queried.

However, grapevine learnt that the council had postponed the mathematics paper scheduled for today after allegation of leakage of the paper.

But our source confirmed that the postponement might not be unconnected with the proposed plan by the aggrieved staff to withhold the paper.

The council’s Chairman, Dr. Paddy Njokku and the Registrar, Professor Promise Okpala were not immediately available for comment.

Spokesman of the council Abdulazeez Sani said he was not aware of a planned strike. He however promised to call back but did not at press time.

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