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2020 UTME: 28 inmates set to write at Ikoyi Custodial Centre



Twenty eight inmates will be participating in the 2020 all Computer-Based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), scheduled to commence on March 14.

The Deputy Controller Corrections, Ikoyi Custodial Centre, Dare Opadeji, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Wednesday.

According to him, preparations are in top gear to ensure an improved performance by the candidates (inmates) at the forthcoming examination.

NAN reports that over 1.9 million prospective candidates had registered for the examination which was expected to hold in 747 centres across the country.

“We are putting everything in place to ensure that the students come out tops in the examination.

“So far, the students are being lectured on various subjects by about 10 volunteer teachers from organisations such as the Ikoyi Baptist Church, the Goodnews Baptist Church and the Ummah Welfare Foundation.

“We also have some corporate individuals coming in from time to time to assist as well as the facility’s officials.

“We have averagely stocked libraries with modern books in various subject areas as well as computers and accessories.

“So in all, we are expecting that this year’s performance by the candidates in this UTME will be very impressive than that of the previous years,’’ Opadeji said.

The deputy controller, however, appealed to relevant stakeholders and other well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government in improving the facility’s school to ensure a more conducive, better teaching and learning environment.

Mr Ibikunle Idris, the Principal of the Ikoyi Custodial Centre School, said that the inmates were now exposed to longer hours of tutorials daily, in readiness for the UTME.

According to him, the enthusiasm among the inmates was high, as they take turns to teach in the class during lecture hours, while the lecturer watches on.

“During lessons, we introduce some motivational things, such as asking them to take turns in teaching others what they have learnt.

“With this, the inmates will have to pay attention while lectures are on, as they could be called upon at any point to take over the teaching.

“Last year, a total of 24 of these inmates sat for the same examination with the highest of them scoring 242 and 14 others scoring 180 and above.

“So far, a total of 10 of them that met admission criteria are awaiting placements in the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) at the facility,’’ he said

The principal said that the 2019 successful inmates would be undertaking various courses ranging from Peace and Conflict Resolution, Mathematics, Criminology and Security Studies, Theology and others.

He added that the inmates would commence lectures at the NOUN facility anytime soon, while also pleading for a structural upgrade of the custodial school, with state-of-the-art facilities.

Mr Rotimi Oladokun, a Superintendent of Nigeria Correctional Service and the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos Command, noted that the general welfare of the inmates was key as the service had introduced life-changing skills that would also empower them.

“It is the belief of the service that when we empower these persons with various skills, they will come out better and well transformed to add value to themselves and the nation at large,’’ Oladokun said.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)



UTME: JAMB to deploy braille technology for visually impaired candidates- Okebukola



UTME: JAMB to deploy braille technology for visually impaired candidates- Okebukola: The Equal Opportunity Group of JAMB says the board is moving gradually to using prototype of a braille-based technology for the conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for visually impaired candidates.

Prof. Peter Okebukola, Chairman of the group, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Lagos.

NAN reports that a total of 354 visually impaired candidates sat for the UTME in 12 centres across the country on March 22.

The exercise was concluded on Sunday in response to the closure order of schools by the Federal Government as precautionary measures against the Coronavirus disease.

According to Okebukola, the board is working hard in ensuring that these category of candidates are given a level playing field like their sighted counterparts.

”We are moving steadily to using the prototype, which in the near future, will allow the visually challenged and universities they are aspiring to attend develop capacities for such technologies.

”Let me state clearly that the board’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, is far-sighted and encouraging relevant stakeholders to move in this direction,” he said.

He said the board’s Registrar had approved the tripling of number of centres for  the conduct of this year’s UTME for the visually impaired candidates from four used in 2019 to 12.

Okebukola, a former National Universities Commission (NUC) boss, said that this was in a bid to limit the number of candidates that would congregate at a time.

He had, in a statement, noted that the JAMB initiative had been cited several years back in many countries as a good model for Africa.

Okebukola also said that so far, a respectable number of blind candidates processed through the JAMB Equal Opportunity Group (JEOG), have secured admission to Federal, State and Private Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

According by him, in 2019, of the 390 candidates that sat for the examination, a total of 175, representing 44.8 per cent were given placements in various tertiary institutions across the country.

”Most of these challenged candidates were admitted to the University of Lagos; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; University of Nigeria,Nsukka; University of Abuja and Bayero University, Kano, among others.

”JAMB is expressing deep appreciation to the Vice-Chancellors of these universities.

”The goal of the Oloyede-led JAMB is to ensure that no Nigerian, who is eligible, is prevented from taking the UTME regardless of disability,” he said.

Meanwhile the Proprietress, Bethesda Home for the Blind, Mushin, Mrs Chioma Ohakwe, also lauded the efforts of JAMB in ensuring a future for the challenged candidates.

According  to her, such gesture needs to be emulated by well meaning individuals and corporate organisations.

”Having said this, however, I think a lot still need to be done by the board, and this is in the area of ensuring that the use of this braille technology is introduced as soon as possible.

”This technology to the best of my knowledge is the way to go in a bid to eliminate third party and increase speed when answering the questions.

”I registered 25 candidates this year; 18 of them wrote in Lagos, while two also wrote in Enugu and five in Imo.

”From past experience, these candidates have complained that the dictation slows them down and other times, could not get the pronunciations well.

”I am convinced that writing the examination with the braille machines by themselves unaided, will indeed improve their performance,” she said.

Ohakwe said that she was looking forward to an improvement on the level of performance by her candidates for this year’s examination, as against the one posted in 2019.

”In 2019, the highest score posted by one of the visually impaired candidates of this home was 285, with the least being 215.

”This year, we expect a better performance as we prepared them well,” she said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Olagoke Olatoye

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60-year-old inmate, 25 others, write 2020 UTME at Ikoyi Custodial Centre



A 60-year-old inmate was among  25  others, who participated at the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), by the JAMB at  the Ikoyi Custodial Centre school on Thursday in Lagos.

Nigeria News Agency correspondent, who monitored the examination,  reports that the process commenced at about 9.45 a.m after they were taken through their biometric verification.

Mr Ameen Akoshile, a JAMB roving officer for Lagos State expressed satisfaction at the entire set up and the conduct of the examination proper.

He noted that there was need to further encourage such inmates, who have shown zeal in furthering their education,  in spite of their seclusion.

According to him, there is also the need to commend the Federal Government for providing learning opportunities for the citizenry irrespective of where they may find themselves.

”I must commend the Federal Government for this opportunity for these inmates. It shows its commitment in giving equal opportunity to all, in terms learning.

”We were in Italy some years back and some of the professors we met there told us they learnt from the prisons and got their PhD.

”And when they finished their course, they were released unconditionally. I think that is very commendable.

”I will also like to commend the officer incharge of this custodial centre and his men, for the efforts put in, in  preparing these inmates for this examination.

”They are indeed doing a good job and must be encouraged to do more,” Akoshile, a retired Federal Director told NAN.

The Deputy Controller of Corrections in charge of the Ikoyi facility, Dare Opadeji, said he was optimistic that this year’s performance in the examination by the inmates would be an improvement on the ones recorded the previous year.

He stated that a lot of motivational factors were put in place prior to the examination, in a bid to enhance the performance of the inmates that wrote the examination.

“Another key motivation is a recent circular to us that the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will be granting scholarship  to inmates that will guarantee them to study to any level,  even after serving their terms.

 ”To me this is a cheering news and at the same time motivational. It will encourage other inmates to further their studies,” he said.

Opadeji, however, frowned at the issue of stigmatisation of inmates by the society, adding that there is need for a reorientation in a bid to get them reintegrated into the society.

”If they should go through all these process of rehabilitation  and empowerment and eventually secure their freedom, it will be bad enough for people to still perceive them in bad light.

”It is usually discouraging that after acquiring their degrees they cannot find employment because of rejection as a result of their past record.

“They also have a lot of role to play or contributions to make to national development,” he said.

The Correctional Service boss, however, commended the Principal of the custodial centre school, and other officers  for the extra efforts made in teaching the inmates generally.

The custodial centre school principal, Mr Ibikunle Idris, also expressed optimism on the performance of the inmates  in the examination.

”We went extra hours getting them prepared for this examination.

“I must commend the other officers for their roles too, especially in the area of teaching the inmates.

“Again, some NGOs too did their best as well as some private volunteer teachers. Last year we had an inmates that posted 240 in this same examination.

“We are expecting to beat that record this time or at worst achieve the same result,” he said.

Mr Rotimi Oladokun, the spokesman of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Lagos Command, said the examination was part of the platforms provided for the inmates to step to greater heights.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Felix Ajide

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2020 UTME: We’ve not cancelled any result- JAMB



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has not cancelled the results of the recently conducted Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board made this known in a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.

“JAMB has not cancelled the results of examinations conducted on Saturday, March 14, Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

“Therefore, candidates should disregard rumours making rounds that the results have been cancelled.

“To check their results, candidates are to send ‘RESULT’ to 55019 and not on the board’s website.

“The result of the first day was placed on the website and some fraudulent individuals were copying and manipulating it, in order to deceive unsuspecting candidates.

“Hence our decision to move it to the mobile platform for candidates to use their unique phone numbers used in registering for the examination to access their results,” Benjamin said.

He also said that results of over 450,000 candidates who sat for the examination on Tuesday would also be released on March 18.

“Results of the examination will continue to be released as examinations are being taken.

“In few days from now, we will be concluding the 2020 exercise.

“We urge all candidates to be vigilant as many fraudsters who couldn’t operate successfully, given the security measures put in place to secure our system, will want to use every information gap to defraud or mislead unsuspecting candidates.

“We urge the public to always fact check information provided on social media,” he said.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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2020 UTME peaceful, hitch-free – Candidates, CBT Operators



Some candidates, who sat for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Ibadan and some computer-based test (CBT) centre operators have described commended the exercise, describing it as peaceful and hitch-free.

They made the remarks, while speaking with a correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency , who monitored the exercise in Ibadan metropolis on Wednesday.

Some of the candidates stated that they were made to sit for the examination after having been thoroughly checked by JAMB officials and security agents.

A candidate, Dorcas Avosa, said that though the examination was through, her centre started late.

“It was fine, though we started late. We were supposed to have started by 9 am. but we did start until few minutes to 11 in the morning.

“There was no hitch. Although I saw some candidates raising their hands, they were quickly attended to by the officials,” Avosa said.

Another candidate, Temilade Amoo, said that she experienced no delay but had to ask for change of her computer’s mouse when she discovered that the one attached to the system was not responding as it should.

Also, Tunde Maye, said that the monitoring in his centre was strict and that candidates were thoroughly searched before entering the examination hall.

An anonymous source told NAN that one person was caught for alleged impersonation at the Sunshine International School CBT Centre and was handed over to the security agent.

Mr Gbenga Adebambo, the CBT Centre Coordinator at Educational Advancement Centre (EAC), said that the conduct of the examination at the centre was wonderful, as the examination started on time and with no hitch.

“We are through with the first and second batches, and the third batch is filing in now.

“The only challenge has been the low level of understanding of the use of computer by the candidates. We have to put them through,” he said.

Adebambo commended JAMB for the marked improvement in the conduct of the 2020 UTME relative to the previous ones.

“I have not seen any candidate complaining of any form of hitch and it has been going on well,” he added.

Also speaking, Prof. Wole Abbas, a member of the JAMB monitoring team for the 2020 UTME, said that he had visited 15 centres in Ibadan as at the time of speaking with NAN.

He said that there had not been major problem other than some minor technical hitches, which, he said, had been promptly attended to by JAMB officials, adding that the exercise had been largely peaceful and less rancorous.

“The results we have from various centres are encouraging; only few cases of technical hitches were reported.

“I have never heard of malpractices but I have seen few technical itches, which JAMB had quickly resolved.

“We send daily reports to JAMB and the agency has ensured that no reported case of issues goes unattended to.

“The workers are also committed and if it continues this way, there will come a time when we will not record any examination malpractice in Nigeria again,” Abbas said.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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2020 UTME: JAMB denies cancelling any result



The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has distanced itself from rumours in some quarters that results of its 2020 UTME taken on Saturday March 14 and Monday March 16  had been cancelled.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, Head, Media and Information, made the clarification in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Lagos.

According to him, such rumours are the handiwork of fraudsters and should be disregarded.

He described the rumour as wicked, malicious and misleading.

”JAMB wishes to reassure all candidates who have written this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) so far that it has not canceled any of its examination or results.

”All results that have been released so far are intact and therefore there is no need for any panic whatsoever.

”Results of the 469,000 candidates who wrote on Monday have been released and candidates are to check their results by typing ‘RESULT’ and sending to 55019 with their unique telephone numbers for their scores.

“They should not check their results on the internet as the portal had been shut, following attempt by some fraudsters to alter results of candidates.

”The board is already investigating the activities of these criminals and will not fail to take very drastic action against those that are behind this,” Benjamin said.

Benjamin also responded to complaints by some candidates and stakeholders that the board was deliberately posting candidates to centres far away from their areas of residence.

He said JAMB would not go beyond the carrying capacity of any centre all in a bid to fulfill the aspirations of candidates seeking to take the examination there.

“Let me simply clarify here that JAMB does not post candidates just anywhere.

“It is the candidates that chose their examination towns and once centres in that examination towns are filled, they are withdrawn from the net and candidates are then sent to other centres closest to such examination towns.

”It is not a deliberate act on our side,” he said.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi

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UTME: NSCDC nabs 5 suspects over impersonation in Kaduna



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kaduna State Command, says it arrested five suspects in connection with alleged impersonation during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the arrest  was made by operatives of NSCDC, led by the state Commandant,  Mr Babangida Dutsinma while monitoring the exercise on Tuesday.

Four of the suspects, all male, were arrested in Sabongari, Kaduna North and Kaduna South Local Government Areas, while the remaining suspect, a female, was picked-up in Chikun Local Government.

One of the suspects who gave his name as Victor Oforbuke, 30, a Masters Degree holder, was arrested at Zaria Academy where he posed as Bello Mustafa, 29, who engaged him in the deal for a fee of N20,000.

Another suspect, Abdullahi Alkassim-Maikano, 19, who went to write the examination for Shuaibu Hamza, 29, was arrested together with the candidate in Kaduna-south, while John Michael, 32, who collected N15,000 out of N20,000 to ‘help’ a candidate, Sanusi Shehu was arrested in Kaduna North.

The remaining suspect, a female, who gave her name as Bilkisu Ojulaye, 17, was arrested at Bethel Baptist Centre in Chikun local government area when she attempted to write the exam for one Philomena Ugbe, currently at large.

Dutsinma said the monitoring was to ensure transparency in the ongoing  UTME being conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

“I personally monitored the exercise alongside Head of Operations Department of the command and the media, and I am satisfied with the conduct of the examination.”

The Commandant warned candidates to shun examination malpractice as anyone caught would be prosecuted.

He said all the five suspects would  be charged to court on conclusion of investigation.

Dutsinma said the command would ensure credibility of the examination and safety of officials and candidates, and promised that the monitoring exercise would continue.

NAN reports that some of the examination centres visited by the commandant included Danbo International School, IRL IT Solutions Nigeria Limited, Skolak Resources Limited and Kaduna State University.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed

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2020 UTME: No more biometric verification after examination -JAMB



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says after its review of Saturday and Monday’s examination, it has, henceforth, suspend the conduct of biometric verification after candidates must have written the examination.

The Board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Monday.

Benjamin said that the verification of candidates before the commencement of the examination would, however, still obtain.

According to him, without such verification there will be no examination for any candidate.

He said candidates should feel free to go to their respective homes immediately they were through with their examination without filing out again for another verification.

”Candidates are no longer to wait to be signed out through another round of biometric verification after the examination, henceforth.

“They should go straight home as soon as they leave the examination hall.

”However, in addition to this, as we also release the results for each day, we will like to urge all those concerned to note that we will not hesitate to withdraw any result found to be a product of cheating.

”What this means is that it is not yet over, especially for those that may have engaged in acts unexpected of our standard,” Benjamin said.

The spokesman for the board also cautioned candidates writing the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to steer clear of any act capable of compromising the outcome of their participation.

According to him, any candidate caught in any act with a view to discredit the examination process will face severe consequences.

”Some candidates who dared to test the board’s system had already found themselves in the hands of security operatives after they were caught in the act and arrested.

”They were trying to impersonate.

”Let me sound it clear that the  board will continue to monitor the examination as it progresses, using technology to ensure that the process is in any way not compromised,” Benjamin said.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Adeleye Ajayi


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2020 UTME: JAMB releases first day results



Results of the 312,000 candidates that sat for Saturday’s 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) nationwide have been released, says Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The Board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Lagos.

Benjamin urged all concerned candidates to check their profiles for the results.

According to him, the board is optimistic that the entire exercise will be hitch-free, as it has worked assiduously to ensure that this year’s examination process will be one of the best ever conducted in recent times.

“I want to say that the Board is happy with the conduct of the examination on its first day, Saturday, March 14.

“This is not to say that we did not register one or two technical hitches.

“There is no way anyone can embark on such massive exercise without a few hitches.

“However, the good thing is that, as soon as our attention is drawn to such hitches, we tackle them immediately.

“So, the Board is fully on ground to take on these hitches as they come, but in all, I must tell you, that we are happy with the conduct of the examination so far,’’ he said.

Benjamin assured that the Board would continue to ensure quality service delivery in a bid to give every deserving candidate an opportunity to excel.

NAN reports that, in continuation of the exercise, a total of 469, 670 candidates on Monday sat for the examination in various centres across the country.

The JAMB Head of Media and Information said by Tuesday, March 17, such candidates’ results would also be ready.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Oluwole Sogunle

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UTME commences without hitch in Anambra



The University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organised by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), commenced on Saturday in an orderly manner in Anambra.

The Nigeria News Agency correspondent who monitored the examination in Awka, Anambra capital reports that candidates converged early at their various centers for screening.

At the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Digital Library, the over 500 seated hall was split into four sessions between 7am and 3pm.

Ola Wole, an official of JAMB said that adequate arrangements had been made for a hitch free examination.

“Students here comported themselves well by following instructions. I have been encouraging them to remain focused for examinations are surmountable if well prepared,” he said.

Meanwhile, Orji Ugochukwu (AS1), an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said the corps had only recorded one incident of fraud.

According to him, a particular student tried to smuggle in a handset into the hall but our scanner was able to detect the object which we have seized before allowing the student in.

Most of the students interviewed were optimistic of doing well for they have prepared for the examination.

Victor Amalu, Ugochi Uro and Onyinye Ugokwe, were in high spirit of writing well.

At Grafil Centre at Aroma junction, the situation was cordial with the teeming students all showing readiness to go in for their exams.

NAN recalls that the first batch of students for the examination scheduled for 7am did not start until past 9am at the venues visited.

NAN reports that over 1.2 million candidates in 600 centres registered for the UTME across the country.

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu

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