By Felix Khanoba
Three months after it dismissed 70 staff for using fake certificates to secure employment in the organisation, the National Examination Council (NECO) has again sacked 19 others over certificate forgery.
In a terse statement made available to The AUTHORITY in Abuja on Tuesday by the examination body, NECO said its Governing Board approved the dismissal of 19 staff from its service.
The statement signed by Mr Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division of NECO, said the forgery of certificates by the affected persons was discovered by a verification team.
“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.
“It would be recalled that 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 on-going is aimed at sanitizing the system,” the statement said.