The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the National Examinations Council (NECO) to shift its examination date of Saturday, July 9, due to its clash with the first day of Eid-el-Adha (Salah).
Telescope.ng reports that the MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, made the appeal on Sunday in a statement.
He said: “The 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.”
He said this means that NECO had, ab initio, recognised the Salah holiday and the examination body did not deliberately fix an examination on that day.
He said: “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 candidates sit for their examinations.
“The paper which was originally fixed for Salah day may be taken on Thursday July 14, 2022 which is one of the days set aside by NECO for the Salah holiday. MURIC wishes NECO authorities and staff as well as all Nigerians a happy Salah.”