Alleged Fraud: JAMB Parades Own Staff For Extorting Admission Seekers

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

 

Two staff of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Andy Okoro and Gambo Abba have been arrested for extorting money from Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates with the promise to help them secure university admission.

Okoro, a level 12 officer in Delta State JAMB’s office, was said to have collected ₦500,000 from four candidates’ parents, out of which he paid ₦180,000 to a colleague, Gambo, to help facilitate their admission.

The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said the bubble burst when one of the parents in Delta State petitioned JAMB on Okoro’s activities, a move that prompted the Board to launch an investigation into the issue.

Professor Oloyede expressed surprise that the affected staff defied the Board’s zero tolerance for corruption as he vowed to ensure they face the full wrath of the law.

He insisted that anybody who engages in sharp practices, no matter who the person is, shall not be protected by the Board because the Board has zero-tolerance for corruption.

Professor Oloyede, therefore, called on parents and candidates not to allow anyone to collect money from them in the guise of helping them secure admission to their chosen institution, as the system is now fully automated.

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The JAMB Registrar adds that “What is happening now is that people know those that will be admitted, because they know by the automation this person could be admitted, and they now go and be extorting the parents of those that have already been slated for admission.

“We need to let the public know that there is no halfway to admission. Nobody should bribe or give any amount to anybody whether they are JAMB staff or they are not JAMB staff. Anybody who solicit money from any parent, the parent should inform the Board.”

Meanwhile, Bayo Olajide, a tutorial center operator in Koroduma, Nasarawa State, has landed in trouble for collecting N6,500 registration fees from would-be UTME candidates.

Bayo was said to have engaged in the act even when JAMB was yet to commence sales of form for the 2021 exercise.

“He has been collecting money from candidates in the name of 2021 UTME registration, and you all know we have not commenced the registration.

“He was arrested and when asked, he claimed he is a tutorial person, that he has been teaching candidates for the exam, but the tragedy of the story was that he was not even qualified to sit for the exam,” JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said.

Bayo, who revealed that his highest academic qualification was” O Level”, admitted receiving money from only one person.

Police Officer Arrested For Alleged Impersonation In 2020 UTME

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has arrested a police officer, Etim Israel, for allegedly engaging a mercenary to write the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for him.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede said the policeman is one of the 657 candidates that requested for change of picture in their registration profiles without cogent reasons.

Israel, a Police Constable serving in the Akwa Ibom State Command, registered for the examination with his name while the mercenary used his picture and other biometric details to sit for the exam on his behalf.

He was said to have scored over 240 in the examination and decided to commence the admission process.

However, trouble started when he was told that the process won’t sail through because of the disparity in the picture, which prompted him to visit the JAMB office for correction, a move that landed him in waterloo.

JAMB Sets Up Anti-Corruption Unit To Tackle Funds Mismanagement

 

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Registration Board (JAMB) Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has set up an anti-corruption unit within the examination body.

The newly-formed unit called the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), Oloyede, said is a product of his anti-corruption reforms aimed at accountability and transparency in the management of government finances.

He revealed this during the induction of members of the anti-Corruption unit (ACTU) which was conducted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The JAMB boss in a statement by the ICPC said the unit was established based on the numerous corruption matters been handled, a situation he said was beginning to have adverse effect on his other responsibilities.

Professor Oloyede also assured the ACTU members of unfettered support promising that he would not hesitate to spend his personal money to facilitate their work if the need arises.

The statement which was signed by the spokesperson for ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa stated further that Oloyede explained the processes that led to returning of N7.8 billion to government coffers as revenue in 2017 by the examination body saying that government never expected such huge amount from the agency.

“A top government officer threatened JAMB to return nothing less than N500 million to the government. Even the officer that was with me in that meeting advised that I should say the agency will be able to return about N600 million. But at the end of the day, we returned N7.8 billion,” he said.

The acting Chairman of ICPC, Abdullahi Bako at the induction lauded the on-going anti-corruption reforms in JAMB.

Bako who was represented by Justin Kuatsea of the Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Department (CMED) noted that the achievements of JAMB in the anti-corruption fight was worthy of emulation by other government agencies.

The Chairman of ACTU in JAMB, Munirat Lawal in her response said the unit would deliver on its mandate by helping to reduce the incidence of corruption in the agency.

She added that the unit had already begun work by sensitizing staff against corruption and helping to close down some illegal centers for conduct of the Computer Based Test (CBT).

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede

JAMB Extends Registration Deadline For 2017 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has announced an extension of the registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, made this known while addressing a news conference in Abuja. He also spoke on the mock examination earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday and the need for the extension.

“The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), wishes to apologise to candidates and other stakeholders on the fact that we could not go on as planned with the mock examination.

“We are hereby announcing the extension of the registration exercise of the 2017 UTME. Instead of the earlier announced April 19, the deadline for the sale of forms and registrations will now extend to Friday May 5 2017.

“Consequently, the 2017 UTME, the examination proper, has also been postponed to start from Saturday 13th to 20th of May 2017. Meanwhile, the mock examinations earlier slated for April 8, 2017 has been put on hold and the new date will be announced soon.”

The development follows a call by the House of Representatives for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates.

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, who had complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins.

Professor Oloyede, had on the other hand, attributed the current challenges being faced by applicants across registration centres to the uncooperative posture of some centres.

The board had innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which led to the elimination of scratch cards.

It also adopted a cost saving procedure, the ‘PIN Vending System’, which is said to be a secured system that has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.

With the development, prospective candidates seeking to write the UTME can now heave a sigh of relief.

Supreme Council On Islamic Affairs Condemn Nigeria’s Stand On Palestine Issue

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Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

Following the failed attempt of Palestine to be recognized as a sovereign country at the security council of the united nation, the Nigerian Supreme Council On Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has condemned the stand of Nigeria to abstain from voting thereby truncating the effort to resolve the 66 year old crisis.

Addressing a press conference on the issue, the Secretary General of NSCIA, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, wondered why Nigeria who was known for supporting justice, freedom and independence of the nations could deliberately abstain from voting for the emancipation of palestine when it matters most and described the act as mischievous.

He wondered how the country could be involved in transmitting its local crisis of religious divide to the outside world, recalling that General Ibrahim Babangida, a Muslim, restored Nigeria’s relationship with Israel severed by General Yakubu Gowon, who is a Christian, having known that the issue at stake was not religious, why should the present government not do the right thing.

He added that people would understand why USA and Britain voted against Palestine freedom but Nigeria has no excuse.

Pro. Oloyede said the action of Federal Government would not degenerate crisis  Nigeria stressing that it has duty to explained toentire Nigerians why it took such inhuman action against Palestine people who need freedom.

Confab Delegation Is Skewed In Favour Certain Interest – Prof Oloyede

Ishaq-Oloyede_ProfA delegate at the ongoing National Conference in Nigeria, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, says the composition of the National Conference has been skewed in favour of certain interests, a development that has necessitated that some certain measures must be taken in the interest of Nigerians.

He said that the voting pattern contained in the draft modalities of the conference was not absolute and depended hugely on what was being discussed.

He stressed that what should be done at the moment was to put Nigeria first and consider how to liberate the nation and ensure that we move forward.

“The way to go is to consider a give and take strategy. Consensus may be the best but if you cannot have a consensus, the closer you get to it the better.

“In my own view, consensus is the best. It is critical but may not have been necessary if the membership had not been hijacked and skewed in favour of a section against the other section of the community.

“Let us put Nigeria first and I believe that the president in his template says the decision should be taking by three-quarter of the delegates.

“If we want to throw what the president had decided out, let us do so totally and throw every rule that had been set aside and make new ones.

He insisted that nothing was sacrosanct in what the president had given to the delegates as modalities.

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Countering Professor Oloyede’s assertions, another delegate at the National Conference, Mr Mike Ozekhome, described, Professor Oloyede as “one of those that came to the conference with fixation with prejudices with biases and with stereotypes, with a believe that the conference itself is ‘skewed against certain sections or certain religions’”.

Mr Ozekhome said that the professor was introducing the dangerous element of religion into the conference, saying it was very unfortunate.

“From the way the professor has spoken, it is very clear to all Nigerians that he does not believe in the conference or its outcome.”

He questioned what he was doing in the conference if he had little or no confidence in the composition of the conference at all.

“He is not discussing as a Nigerian. I thought that we came to the conference as Nigerians to re-tune Nigeria to re-engineer Nigeria and re-fabricate the fabric with which the country is made up of that has made us to be a very sick country over the years,” Mr Ozekhome stressed.

He had kicked against one of the set rules in the conference centred on how decision would be taken, insisting that the Nigerian constitution stipulates that two-third majority should decide issues and that the conference should go by that set rule in the constitution.

“The issue of two-third or three-quarter voting pattern was not mentioned by the President when he was giving his speech.

“Seventy-five per cent of individuals – 369 delegates – at the conference to vote for an issue is not achievable.

“I can predict that you can never, never get to resolve issues looking at 75 per cent support for a decision,” Mr Ozekhome insisted.

He pointed out that issues bordering on fiscal federalism and resource control, state police, indigeneship, citizenship and devolution of power, were issues that were highly emotive and critical and should be decided by two-third majority which he claimed was more realistic.