The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to the National Examinations Council (NECO) to shift its examination scheduled to hold on Saturday 9th July 2022, to another day due to its clash with the first day of Id al-Adha (Salah).
MURIC’s appeal was contained in a statement issued by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Sunday, 3rd July 2022.
According to Akintola, “The National Examinations Council (NECO) has fixed one of its examinations, Data Processing (Practical) for Saturday 9th July, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Coincidentally, that date clashes with the first day of Id al-Adha (Salah). See NECO 2022 examination timetable (2022 NECO June/July SSCE Internal Examination Time-Table (27th June – 12th August 2022) | Original Version.
“We are fully aware that the clash was not deliberate as NECO had actually demonstrated goodwill by setting aside a whole week for Salah celebrations (Monday, 11th July to Friday 15th July) and this reflected in its timetable. This means that NECO had, ab initio, recognised the Salah holiday and the examination body did not deliberately fix an examination on that day.
“We, therefore, appeal to the NECO authorities to kindly shift the examination of that day alone (Saturday 9th July 2022) to another date in order to enable its teeming Muslim candidate to sit for their examinations.
The paper which was originally fixed for Salah day may be taken on Thursday 14th July 2022 which is one of the days set aside by NECO for the Salah holiday.
The board however, wishes NECO authorities and staff as well as all Nigerians a happy Salah.