The National Examinations Council (NECO) said it has begun moves to ensure its examinations are compulsory in all states in the country.
The council, in a statement by its Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Mr Azeez Sani, expressed hope that other states would follow after the Cross River Government which had granted approval to make all public examinations conducted by NECO compulsory for all public schools in the state.
The council conducts the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE), Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
Sani said the Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, gave the approval following a request by the Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO, Prof. Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, during a courtesy visit to the governor in Calabar.
The governor was quoted to have expressed satisfaction with the performance of Cross River indigenes in NECO SSCE in the last five years.
Wushishi had earlier commended the state government for its positive disposition to the council.
He explained that NECO, being the only national indigenous examination body in the country, deserved the support of all Nigerians.