The National Examination Council, NECO has on Tuesday announced that its Governing board has approved the dismissal of 19 staff for certificate forgery, following the worker's confession to the crime. According to PUNCH, the affected workers confessed during a Staff Certificate Verification Committee screening, which was set out to fish workers "with the questionable credential".
In a statement, the Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Mr Azeez Sani said the approval was during NECO's 52nd Regular meeting.
"The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council has approved the dismissal of 19 staff from her service for certificate forgery. A Staff Certificate Verification Committee constituted by the Management 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."
"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 staff," Azeez added.
"The Governing Board had at its 17th Extra-Ordinary meeting in November 2019, also approved the dismissal of 70 staff for certificate forgery. The certificate verification exercise, which is ongoing, is aimed at sanitising the system."