NECO fires 19 more officials over alleged forgeries

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The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council (NECO) has approved the dismissal of 19 staff from its service for alleged certificate forgery.

This latest dismissal is coming barely three months after the public examination body dismissed no fewer than 70 staff for a similar offence.

ConsumerConnect learnt that Malam Azeez Sani, Head of Information and Public Affairs, NECO, in a recent statement, said the action of the Council was sequel to the report of Staff Certificate Verification Committee constituted by the Management.

Malam Sani disclosed that the committee “carried out its assignment diligently by inviting some staff with questionable credentials to appear before it, during which the affected staff attested that their certificates were forged.

“The committee also contacted the schools and institutions which the affected staff claimed to have attended, and the schools and institutions denied having certificated them.”

According to the Head of Information and Public Affairs, NECO approved their dismissal following its 52nd Regular meeting.

“The Governing Board of the Council vetted the report of the Certificate Verification Committee and approved the dismissal of the affected staff,” he stated.

It is recalled that the Governing Board of NECO, at its 17th Extraordinary meeting in November 2019, also approved the dismissal of 70 staff for certificate forgery.”

The ongoing certificate verification exercise is aimed at sanitising the system, the statement added.

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