NECO dismisses 70 staff for certificate forgery

By Abdul Mohammed Isa, Niger State

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The Management of National Examinations Council (NECO) has dismissed about 70 staff from her services for certificate forgery.

The dismissal of the 70 staff is the first phase in the series of the on-going staff certificate verification exercise in the Council.

The dismissals in a report to Voice of Nigeria by Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division of the agency, are sequel to a report submitted by a Management Committee constituted to verify certificate of staff.

Sani said the certificate Verification Committee carried out its assignment diligently by inviting all staff with questionable credentials to appear before it, during which some staff actually attested that their certificates were fake.

“The Committee has contacted the schools and institutions the affected staff claimed to have attended and the schools and institutions denied having certificated them”.

On completion of their assignment, the Committee submitted its findings to NECO Management which also forwarded same to NECO Governing Board.

According to the NECO information officer, the Governing Board vetted the report and approved dismissal of the affected staff on its 17th Extra- ordinary meeting.

He however said, the Acting Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examination Council Alhaji  Abubakar Gana has zero tolerance for corruption and is poised to sanitise the system as espoused by President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

 

Emmanuel Ukoh