By Denis Orji
THE National Examinations Council (NECO) has dismissed 19 of its workers for allegedly forging their certificates.
Their dismissal was approved by the council’s Governing Board after perusing the report of a Staff Certificate Verification Committee it set up at its 52nd regular meeting.
NECO’s Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani, announced this in a statement yesterday in Abuja.
The statement said the committee wrote the institutions some of the affected workers claimed to have attended and the institutions denied issuing them certificates.
It reads: “The Governing Board of the NECO has approved the dismissal of 19 staff members from its service for certificate forgery.
“A Staff Certificate Verification Committee constituted by the management carried out its assignment diligently by inviting some workers with questionable credentials to appear before it, during which the affected workers attested that their certificates were forged.
“The committee also contacted the schools and institutions which the affected workers claimed to have attended and they denied having certificated them.
“At 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 workers.
“…The Governing Board had, at its 17th Extra-Ordinary meeting in November, 2019, also approved the dismissal of 70 workers for certificate forgery.”