National Examination Council (NECO) has dismissed 70 staff over certificate forgery.
The dismissal, the highest so far in the history of NECO is said to be a sequel to a report submitted by a committee constituted by the management to verify the genuineness and otherwise of some Certificates presented by some of its staff.
The Verification Committee set up by the management carried out its assignment diligently by inviting all staff with questionable credentials to appear before it, during which some staff actually attested to the fact that the certificates they presented to secure jobs were fake.
This is contained in a press statement signed by the Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani, made available to journalists in Minna Friday evening which also confirmed the Management’s approval for their sack.
“The management of NECO has approved the dismissal of 70 staff from her services for certificate forgery”, the statement said, adding that the verification committee had contacted the schools where the affected staff claimed to have graduated from before their dismissal.
The terse statement indicated that “The Committee on the course of doing its job 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 the same to NECO Governing Board. At its 17th Extra-ordinary meeting, the Governing Board vetted the report and approved the dismissal of the affected staff”.
The statement further emphasized that NECO under the Acting Registrar, Mr. Abubakar Gana has zero-tolerance for corruption and is poised to sanitize the system as espoused by President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
The dismissal of the 70 staff from the various departments, the statement further explained is the first phase of the on-going staff audit and certificate verification exercise embarked upon by examination body.