Teenager Arrested For Tampering UTME Result

A file photo of JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, at a press conference.

 

A 19-year-old candidate in the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination has been arrested by the police for allegedly tampering with his result.

The spokesman of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Fabian Benjamin, said the arrest followed the suspect’s claim of scoring 380 in the examination conducted in June.

“After several enquiries, 265 kept appearing as his score as against the 380 score,” the JAMB spokesman said via a statement issued on Friday.

Following the alleged alteration of the UTME score, Benjamin said the teenager’s father, John Ifenkpam approached an Enugu-based lawyer, Ikeazor Akaiwe who wrote to JAMB for another opportunity for the boy to retake the examination and demanded N1 billion as damages.

The lawyer was said to have demanded the sum to cover for the physical and emotional trauma the boy had being through from being offered “two separate scores.”

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According to JAMB spokesman, the suspect claimed that his UTME scores from 2019 till 2021 had been “altered” by the board, thereby denying him the opportunity to study his desired course – medicine.

It was gathered that the candidate travelled to Abuja from Enugu with his father and lawyer on Friday to honour an invitation from the management of the board led by the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede.

“Initially, the boy was given few minutes to “come clean” in a closed session with his father and lawyers about the results he was parading but insisted that his original score from the examination was 380.

“After going back and forth, the board tendered evidence to counter the claim by John and his legal representatives.

At the Friday meeting, documentary evidence tendered by the board showed that John actually scored 265 not the 380 he had claimed,” the statement added.

On his part, the JAMB Registrar accused the candidate of result tempering, noting that he will be investigated and subsequently prosecuted by the police.

Professor Oloyeded said he was among 11 eleven other candidates who allegedly forged their results that the board would prosecute, adding that the original result issued would be withdrawn pending the end of the investigation.

“We have 11 of them who tampered with their results. Two of them are already being prosecuted. The remaining ones we are going to withdraw their results and prosecute them. The main purpose is to sanitise the system, including our own staff,” the Registrar was quoted as saying.

“There was never any communication of 380 with this boy. Because this boy has accused JAMB, we are going to withhold his result until the investigation is concluded. We are going to request that our interactions with him be subjected to the public.”

On his part, the candidate’s lawyer, Ikeazor, appealed to the board to instead give room for further infestation.

He said, “I will not stand against the investigation. Let there be an investigation but what I will not agree to is to prejudge him.”

But the candidate had insisted that “The result I have been receiving is not the result I am entitled to. I wrote the first JAMB in 2019. The first time they sent 328 later I saw 278 score when I checked it. I printed it. I couldn’t meet up for admission that year. I wanted to study medicine and surgery at the University of Ibadan.

“In 2020 the same thing happened. I scored 343 by the time I went to the portal to print I saw 306. I used the 306 and it gave me admission in UI. But because I didn’t have further mathematics, I had to forfeit it.

“I decided to leave medicine and surgery for them in 2021 so I picked petroleum engineering. In 2021, JAMB issued me two results. I saw 380 the first time I checked then the second I saw 265.”

JAMB Adopts New Cut-off Marks

2020 UTME: JAMB Releases New Batch Of Results

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has adopted a minimum cut-off mark for 2021 admissions.

JAMB Registrar Prof Ishaq Oloyede displayed the minimum cut-off marks adopted by tertiary institutions at the 2021 policy meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to the new arrangement, universities are not allowed to go below 120 while polytechnics and Colleges of Education, are not allowed to go below 100 for admission.

This means that there will be no uniform cut-off marks for the 2021/2022 admissions.

On the deadline for the closure of admissions, the meeting resolved to allow the education ministry to reach a decision as they could not agree on the December 31, deadline for all public institutions and January 31, 2022, for all private institutions.

The next meeting is scheduled for October.

Buhari Appoints Oloyede, Rasheed, As CEOs Of JAMB, NUC

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari wearing a face mask.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed.

This action, according to the Education Ministry’s spokesperson, Ben Bem Goong, is based on the recommendation of Education Minister, Adamu Adamu.

The two appointments are for a tenure of five years each with effect from August 1, 2021.

Dr. Hamid Bobboyi was also reappointed as the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for a second and final tenure of four years with effect from August 1, 2021.

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The president had earlier approved the reappointment of Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe as Registrar/CEO of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) for a second term of four years to sustain the efforts at sensitising Nigerians on the critical role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and business subjects in the new knowledge economy.

To give further impetus to mathematics education, approval was also granted for the appointment of Prof. Promise Mebine as the Director/Chief Executive of the National Mathematical Centre for an initial tenure of five years with effect from August 17, 2021.

JAMB To Hold Mop-Up UTME On August 6

2020 UTME: JAMB Releases New Batch Of Results
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The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has scheduled to hold a Mop-up UTME for Friday, 6th August 2021, in some selected locations across the nation.

A statement released by the board says it followed a detailed investigation and analysis of the highly successful 2021 UTME, and with due consultation (resulting in gracious concession) with the National Examination Council (NECO) concerning the timetable of the council’s ongoing SSCE.

About 18,000 candidates slated for the examination are being notified through both text messages on their designated phone numbers and their JAMB profiles. In addition, the candidate can check using their registration number on http://www.jamb.gov.ng/2021mopup.

“For the avoidance of doubt, no candidate whose result has been duly released will be rescheduled for another examination contrary to the sponsored fake news being circulated on the social (and few mischievous conventional) media”.

The rescheduled candidates are in the following categories:

i. Candidates who could not be initially scheduled for examination owing to their inability to timely procure and supply their mandatory NINs or profile codes until after the close of the registration exercise and, therefore, had to purchase Bank Drafts ( as against the usual vending of PINs) after the scheduled period for the examination and were later registered.

ii. Few candidates who encountered peculiar biometric verification problems, or who failed biometric verification on the examination date (and were recaptured) but were not allowed to partake in the examination.

(Adequate screening arrangements have been made to reverify such claims and any candidate found to be involved in any form of impersonation will be identified for prosecution).

iii. Candidates who were unable to sit for the UTME owing to the clash of timetables of the UTME and the then ongoing NABTEB examinations and whose particulars have been verified and supplied directly to JAMB by NABTEB, and

iv. Candidates who have been ascertained by JAMB to have experienced genuine rescheduling/technical problems as was the case in 30 of the 760 centres used for the examination.

“The rescheduled candidates are to print fresh examination notification slips containing the venue and time of the examination. The slips are to be printed from the JAMB website https://www.jamb.gov.ng using the candidates’ registration number from Sunday, 1st August 2021.

“The Board strongly advises candidates to avoid supplying their vital information including registration numbers to fraudsters who abound especially in cybercafes (s), tutorial centres springing up almost everywhere in the nation as a result of the illicit activities of examination syndicates.

“CBT centres approved by JAMB which are consistently monitored are relatively more secured for printing examination notification slips by candidates who cannot print such on their own”, the statement added.

Alleged Fraud: Court Grants Bail To Ex-JAMB Registrar Professor Ojerinde

 

Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to the former Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Adedibu Ojerinde.

The bail granted was in the sum of 200 million naira (N200,000,000) and two sureties in like sum, who also must be resident in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to Justice Egwuatu, one of the sureties must be a professor in a Federal University, and the other, a property owner in Abuja.

The residences of the sureties must be verified by the prosecution, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

While adjourning the case to the 22nd of July for trial, the judge ordered that the former registrar deposits his international passport with the court.

Professor Ojerinde is facing an 18 count charge where he is accused of complicity in the diversion of public funds estimated at over 5.2 billion naira

Arrest Over ‘Multiple Frauds’

Earlier in March, ICPC announced that the Commission had arrested Ojerinde (at the time) for allegedly misappropriating N900 million.

He is said to have committed multiple frauds while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO).

Ojerinde was also purported to have awarded contracts for the supply of pencil and eraser at the cost of N450 million each, to Double 07 Concept Limited and Pristine Global Concept Limited, respectively, between 2013 and 2014 while heading JAMB.

In a statement posted on the commission’s website, Ojerinde was arrested and is being held on a remand warrant.

JAMB Asks Applicants To Complete UTME Registration By Tuesday

A file photo of candidates at a UTME centre.

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has called on applicants who have been cleared to complete their registration for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by Tuesday.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Media, made the call on behalf of the examination body in a statement on Monday.

He noted that JAMB had extended the registration period by another two weeks up to May 29 after the period originally scheduled for 2021/2022 UTME/DE registration lapsed on May 15.

The examination which was initially planned to hold between June 5 and 19 has now been scheduled to take place from June 19 to July 3.

The JAMB’s spokesman explained that this was to accommodate candidates who, largely due to issues related to the newly introduced pre-requisite of National Identification Number (NIN), could not register for the exam.

He stated that an additional extension of two weeks was made to compile the list of all prospective candidates who, for any reason, were unable to register.

“The candidates who have not registered but have secured the profile codes and initiated the registration process are expected to visit specially designated registration centres to complete the registration on Tuesday, June 15, 2021,” Benjamin said.

He added, “Designated registration centre for each candidate is being forwarded to him/her through the GSM text (SMS) messages and available on the website of the Board (www.jamb.gov.ng) from 12 noon on Monday, June 14, 2021.”

The JAMB spokesman informed the applicants that the identification number on each form given to the candidates had been used to assign the candidates to their registration centres.

According to him, only candidates who have secured their profile codes are expected to visit the centres.

Benjamin stated that the few who have not yet obtained their NIN or profile codes have been forwarded to National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and would be contacted as soon as they were cleared by the agency.

“Each candidate posted to any non-JAMB-owned CBT centre is expected to pay the registration fee of N1,000 to such CBT centre,” he said.

Further Extension Of UTME Registration Not Feasible – JAMB

A file photo of candidates at a UTME centre.

 

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has ruled out the possibility of a further extension of the registration period for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

In its latest bulletin published on Monday, it explained that the decision became necessary in view of the limited time available to conduct the examination.

“Due to time constraints within the window available to JAMB on the Annual National Examinations Timetable, further extension of the registration period is not feasible.

“Nevertheless, the Board is desirous of availing every prospective candidate the opportunity to still participate in the 2021 registration exercise,” it said.

JAMB had announced a two-week extension of the registration period on May 15 following a meeting with critical stakeholders, in response to the pressure from individuals and groups.

It, however, regretted that the number of registrants from the time of extension fell drastically until towards the new closing date.

On the new closing day (May 29), 1,383,420 candidates had procured the PIN for registration and 1,375,694 of the total figure had completed their registration.

“Despite this, there were still complaints of inability to register due to lateness or non-delivery of NIN verification code, inability to obtain NIN, mismatch or wrong names originally submitted to NIMC (and different from the ones being used for the JAMB registration).

“While very few of such excuses have been found to be genuine, a large number is traceable to fraudsters who are hell-bent in subverting the system and bypassing the well thought out decision of the Federal Government to make NIN a requirement for JAMB registration,” the examination body said.

Consequently, it asked all prospective candidates with genuine proof of failed efforts to register before the closing date to visit any of its offices, JAMB-owned Professional Test Centres (PTCs) for help between May 31 and June 15.

Steps to be taken by the affected candidates are listed below:

Obtain at no cost, and complete a Form which is being made available to candidates with genuine reasons for missing the registration;

Submit (for the Reading Test and the Application), a certified Bank Draft of N4,000 only in favour of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board – JAMB (and obtain a signed duplicate copy from the office);

Submit the completed form with a recent passport photograph at the same office of collection;

Collect a copy of the Reading Test;

Await further directives through the registered phone number and public service announcement

JAMB Extends UTME Registration By Two Weeks

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has extended registration for its annual Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination by two weeks.

The UTME is also now expected to hold from June 19 to July 3.

It was initially to hold between June 5 and 19.

The UTME is a computer-based standardised examination for prospective undergraduates in Nigeria.

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, had raised the possibility of the extension earlier on Friday during a virtual meeting with UTME committee members.

He cited, for the extension, the inability of at least 600,000 candidates to register for the examination despite indicating interest.

About 1.1 million candidates have already registered for the examination, according to JAMB.

“There is a need to give everyone the opportunity,” Professor Oloyede said on Friday.

The examination body had mandated candidates to have a National Identification Number (NIN) to be able to register for the examination.

Critics have described the NIN requirement as an unnecessary additional burden.

Registration for the NIN has been a nightmare for many Nigerians after the Federal Government mandated its use for access to telecommunication services.

In a press conference on Saturday, Prof Oloyede said JAMB expects that the two-week extension will provide more candidates an opportunity to register for the examination.

The decision to extend, he said, was the outcome of a two-day stakeholders’ meeting of the body’s board in Abuja.

UPDATED: Possibility Of Shifting 2021 UTME Date Is Very High – JAMB

A file photo of candidates at a UTME centre.

 

The possibility of shifting the date for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is very high, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said.

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, explained that this was because of the inability of at least 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest to participate, to register for the examination scheduled to hold between June 5 and 19.

Speaking at a virtual meeting with 2021 UTME committee members on Friday, he disclosed that 1.1 million candidates have so far registered for the 2021 UTME, and the board anticipated approximately 1.9 million registrations at the end of the exercise.

The JAMB boss noted that while 50 per cent of the candidates have already registered without problem, there was a need to carry everyone along.

He stated that at the end of the meeting with the stakeholders, they would decide on whether to shift the exam forward or not.

“The possibility of shifting the exam forward is still high, but that will be determined after our meeting with stakeholders,” said Professor Oloyede.

He added, “This is because about 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest in the exam are yet to register. There is a need to give everyone the opportunity.”

The examination body, which is responsible for the conduct of the entrance examination into the nation’s tertiary institutions, had directed candidates to provide two pictures in the exam script – that of who register for the exam and of persons who register for the National Identification Number (NIN).

The NIN, which is a unique number that identifies individuals, is issued by the country’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) upon enrolment.

The JAMB registrar apologised for the new initiatives introduced in the 2021 UTME, noting that it was not to punish candidates but to expose candidates who engage in the habit of indulging in various forms of malpractices.

While calling on the candidates to take note of the process, Professor Oloyede clarified that the essence was to dictate any disparity in the process.

“We apologise for putting you through some hardship in the registration. The government directed that anyone participating in JAMB must have their NIN. This is beyond our control. Those who are yet to register should do so.

“The MOCK exam is bill to come up on Thursday. It is an exam meant to test out capability. As you all know, the main exam is coming up on June 5 and 19, 2021,” he told the meeting.

The JAMB boss added, “We are meeting with stakeholders today to discuss the issues and on whether we will shift the exam date forward or not. We will brief the media on the outcome of the meeting tomorrow.

“Shifting the exam date is not the solution; at the meeting, we will discuss how some of the problems encountered by candidates would be resolved. It is important that we carry everyone along.”

He revealed that JAMB has secured about 802 exam centres across the country and 104 centres in towns.

JAMB Nabs 50-Year-Old, One Other Over Impersonation

File photo of JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede

 

Two suspects have been arrested by the police over their alleged involvement in impersonation during the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration.

The suspects identified as 50-year-old Sesan Obasa, and his alleged accomplice, Salvation Terhembe, were arrested and paraded before journalists at the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in Bwari, Abuja.

According to a statement issued on Friday by JAMB’s spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, Terhembe was picked up by the staff of JAMB at one of the board’s registration centres in Bwari, following his unsuccessful attempts to carry out the UTME registration on behalf of Obasa.

The 36-year-old had appeared before a JAMB registration official on Thursday and could have successfully scaled the first accreditation when the picture on the National Identification Number, NIN, showed he was impersonating Obasa.

Terhembe, who admitted to carrying out the act, said he was contacted by Obasa to supply his information for registration at the JAMB center because he was busy with work, adding however that he was only assisting him and not aware that his actions breached any rule of JAMB.

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In defending his action, the 50-year-old suspect who had applied to study public administration, said he was misled by his determination to go to school, which moved him with desperation to put in for JAMB this year.

He admitted that Terhembe carried out UTME registration on his behalf, and pleaded for leniency as he was completely unaware that his actions were tantamount to identify fraud.

Reacting to the arrest, JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, lauded the efficacy of NIN in checkmating Identity fraud, noting that if not for the use of NIN, the impersonator would have successfully carried out his registration.

“You can see the advantages of NIN; by the time we put this boy to test, you would see that he had done registration in previous years for other people but because of we were able to uncover this,” he said.

Oloyede, who was visibly miffed by the activities of the duo, said they were “fraudsters,” vowing to hand them over to the police.

JAMB Fixes New Date For 2021 Mock UTME

A file photo of applicants taking the UTME examination

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation (JAMB) has fixed Thursday, 20th of May, 2021 for this year’s mock examination which was earlier billed to hold on Saturday, April, 30th.

“This change of date is owing to some ongoing adjustments in the Board’s operational processes,” the examination body said in a statement by its Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Fabian Benjamin.

It explained that the development will not, however, affect other Mock Examination schedules and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) fixed for 5th to 19th June 2021.

“Candidates who have registered and have chosen to sit the Mock and other critical stakeholders are to note this change of date,” the statement further explained.

JAMB equally reminded stakeholders that registration for the 2021 UTME/DE registration exercise is ongoing and will end on 15th May 2021. The examination body raised concern, however, that candidates, in trying to generate their profiles, are sending their details wrongly to 55019.

“The right process is to send the word “NIN” allow one space in between, then insert the eleven digits NIN number to 55019 e.g. NIN 00000000000. Any other process is wrong and would not generate the profile code for the candidate,” it added. “It is also necessary for the candidate to know that only the SIM that is linked to his/her NIN can be used to send the NIN to 55019.”

2021 UTME: JAMB Announces Registration Date, Makes NIN Mandatory

2020 UTME: JAMB Releases New Batch Of Results
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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has commenced the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry registration exercise.

The registration is scheduled to take place in 700 centres across the country.

In a statement by the Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed that any candidate registering must provide his/her National Identity Number (NIN).

“For any person to be registered for UTME/DE, he/she must supply his/her National Identity Number (NIN).

“It is therefore mandatory for participation in the 2021 Registration Exercise”.

Read Full Statement Below: 

JOINT ADMISSIONS AND MATRICULATION BOARD
JAMB COMMENCES 2021 UTME/DE REGISTRATION EXERCISE
The Governing Board of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) met at its Meeting of 22nd March 2021 and decided that:
i. For any person to be registered for UTME/DE, he/she must supply his/her National Identity Number (NIN). It is therefore mandatory for participation in the 2021 Registration Exercise

ii. Registration will take place in 700 centres across the country
The list is available in all the state offices and JAMB’S website: www.jamb.gov.ng

iii. The approved schedule for Registration and examination are as follows
a. Registration exercise will start on Thursday, 8th April to Saturday, 15th May, 2021.
Candidates are also to note that the registration for DE applicants would run concurrently with that of UTME candidates. There would be no extension of time for the sale of the UTME/DE application documents.
b. Optional Mock will be held on Friday, 30th April, 2021 (for those ​who indicate interest and registered ​before 24th ​of April, 2021
c. ​The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination would hold from ​Saturday, 5th to Saturday, 19th June, 2021

iiii. The venue of the examination will be at any of the centres in the candidate’s chosen examination town

v. The registration fee for the 2021 application documents is N3, 500 and N500 for the recommended Reading Text.

vi. Information regarding other registration processes and requirements would be made available on the Board’s website and advertised in the electronics and print media from 5th April, 2021.