NECO management probes workers with fake certificates

The National Examinations Council through its management committee is currently investigating and screening for more workers with fake certificates in the council.

The NECO Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani, stated this in an interview with our correspondent on Sunday, noting on conclusion of the screening, the findings would be made available to the public.

On November 15, the council had announced the dismissal of 70 of its workers over certificate forgery, asking them to quit from work henceforth.

The NECO’s Governing Board approved the dismissal, after a report on certificate verification was carried out by the council’s management committee.

Our correspondent learnt that the first step of the verification exercise was for the committee to invite all workers with questionable credentials to appear before it.

The second step of the exercise was for the committee to contact the educational institutions which the workers claimed to have attended; it was thereafter found out that they did not obtain the certificates they claimed.

A report was then done by the committee to the Governing Board which then approved the dismissal of the workers.

The NECO’s spokesman told our correspondent on Sunday that the verification exercise was ongoing.

He said, “The exercise is still ongoing. By the time the committee submits its findings, they will be made public just like the first phase we did. I would not know what is happening to the 70 disengaged workers. The dismissal is an enough punishment.

“Subsequently, other phases of verification results will come but I will not say when the other phases will come.”

The council had said in November that the acting Registrar, Mr Abubakar Gana, in line with a “policy of zero tolerance for corruption,” supported the constitution of the verification committee to fish out workers with fake certificates. Punch

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