NECO sacks 70 staff over certificate forgery

NECO sacks 70 staff over certificate forgery

- NECO has sacked 70 staff over certificate forgery

- Majority of the staff, however, belonged to junior cadre

- The dismissal is the first phase in the series of the on-going staff certificate verification exercise in the council

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has shown its disdain for forgery as the body dismissed 70 of its staff over certificate forgery.

The decision to dismiss the alleged certificate forgers was reached at the 17th extra-ordinary meeting of the governing board.

This was contained in a statement signed by Azeez Sani, the head of information and public relations division in Minna.

He said the dismissal happened as a result of a report submitted by a Committee constituted to verify the certificates of staff by the management of NECO.

According to The Nation, the majority of the staff belonged to the junior cadre. The newspaper reports that only a few senior staff were affected.

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The report went further to state that the schools which the dismissed staff claimed they attended denied them during the verification exercise.

Also, the dismissed staff were given the chance to defend themselves before the certificate verification committee.

Some of the staff reportedly confessed to using fake certificates.

Meanwhile, the statement stated that the dismissal is the first phase in the series of the on-going staff certificate verification exercise in the council.

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Meanwhile, recall that Legit.ng had reports that the Niger government said it paid N200 million to NECO to ensure the release of results of 30,000 students being withheld by the examination body.

A statement by Mary Berje, the chief press secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello, said on Tuesday, September 17, in Minna that the money was part of the examination fees the north-central state was owing the examination body.

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