NECO dismisses 70 staff over certificate forgery
The National Examinations Council, NECO, on Friday approved the dismissal of 70 of its workers for certificate forgery.
The dismissal which followed a report submitted by a management committee constituted to verify certificates of staff, was approved by the Governing Board of the Council.
"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 also 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," the Council said in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr Azeez Sani.
The exam body further disclosed that the Governing Board of the Council vetted the report and approved the dismissal of the affected staff.
The Council noted that under the leadership of the Acting Registrar/Chief Executive, Mr. Abubakar Gana, has zero tolerance for corruption and is poised to sanitise the system as espoused by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
It said the dismissal of the 70 staff is the first phase in the series of the on-going staff certificate verification exercise in the Council.