NECO sacks 70 staff with fake certificates

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From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

Nigeria’s National Examinations Council (NECO) dismissed 70 staff from over alleged certificate forgery.

A statement signed by head of information Unit of the Council, Azeez Sani, says the decision was sequel to a report by a verification Committee.

Some affected staff had confessed to the committee that their certificates were fake, the statement says.

The Committee according to him also contacted Schools and Institutions the affected staff claimed to have attended and they denied having certificated them.

The exam body is poised to fight corruption, hence the sack of the staff as recommended by the committee, he said.

“The Council under the able leadership of the Acting Registrar/Chief Executive, Mr. Abubakar Gana has zero tolerance for corruption and is poised to sanitise the system as espoused by President Muhammadu Buhari led administration,” Sani stated.

The statement concludes that the dismissal of the 70 is the first phase in the on-going staff certificate verification exercise by the institution.

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