The National Examinations Council, on Friday approved the termination of appointments of 70 of its staff over certificate forgery.
In a press release signed by NECO Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani, the organisation revealed that the decision came to fore after a verification exercise which exposed its staff using fake certificates.
“The NECO management has approved the dismissal of 70 staff from her services for certificate forgery. These dismissals are sequel to a report submitted by a management committee constituted to verify workers’ certificates.
“The verification committee carried out its assignment by inviting all workers with questionable credentials to appear before it, during which some staff actually attested that their certificates were fake.
“The committee also contacted the schools which the affected staff claimed to have attended but the institutions denied them. On completion of the assignment, the committee submitted its findings to the NECO management which forwarded it to the NECO Governing Board.
“At its 17th extra-ordinary meeting, the Governing Board vetted the report and approved the dismissal of the affected staff.
“The council under the acting Registrar, Mr Abubakar Gana, has no tolerance for corruption and is sanitising the system in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The dismissal of the 70 workers is the first phase in the series of the ongoing staff certificate verification exercise in the council,” the statement read.