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JAMB announces 160 as UTME cut-off mark

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Key stakeholders in federal universities across the country on Tuesday pegged 160 as the minimum bench mark for admission of candidates for the 2019/2020 academic year.

The decision was reached at Joint 19th Policy Meeting on Admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The event held in Gbongan, Osun.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the stakeholders also unanimously agreed to commence the  admission registration procedures for institutions of  first choice of candidates in all  public  universities from Aug. 21 to Nov. 16.

They  also agreed that all private universities would  peg minimum admission benchmark on 140 and above.

The admission registration process for candidate’s institutions of second choice will  commence on Nov. 17 to Dec. 17, according to them.

They voted that  the minimum UTME score of candidates  for  public Polytechnics should be  pegged on 120 and above while that of their private counterparts was fixed for 110 and above.

The  minimum cut off mark for the Colleges of Education  was also  agreed on 110 and above.

The  stakeholders also agreed to  extend the admission registration procedure for  private universities to Feb. 15, 2020.

“The admission process would be guided by the approved institutional /programmes cut-off marks and minimum UTME score as submitted by the  respective institutions.

“The minimum UTME score for admission will be as prescribed by each institution subject to the respective National Minimum UTME score,” the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede told the stakeholders.

According to him, admission for the 2019/2020 academic session would be conducted on the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS).

         He added that the principal             participants would include himself  as the Chairman,  head of tertiary institutions, JAMB’s director of admissions, its desk officers and the candidates.

He said that the policy guidelines for the 2019 admission as approved by the policy meeting and the directives by the minister of education would be formally communicated to all institutions on or before July 1.

According to him, documents for the 2019 admission exercise will include the 2019 UTME/DIrect Entry results,  JAMB’s 2018 admission quota as prescribed by the respective regulatory bodies of the various tertiary institutions and the 2019 UTME brochure as published on IBASS.

He added that it would include the guidelines on admission into tertiary institutions as prescribed by the proprietors (federal, state and private).

According to Oloyede, institutions are also to recommend  candidates for admission, after presenting to the board, through the CAPS, the approved general quota for each institution and the distribution to the various programmes.

“‘Other information needed to be forwarded to CAPS  are the UTME score for each programme,  minimum direct entry qualification  grades for Direct Entry candidates as well as components of cut-off marks and the allotted score for each component.

“The institutions are also required to recommend the cut-off date for the first and second choice admission of candidates after which no result upload nor chance into the institution as first choice will be allowed,” he said.

He added that supplementary admissions could be allowed.

Oloyede said that any institution interested in conducting any form of post UTME screening could do so, but  warned that the gross charge for such screening must not exceed  N2,000.

“It is not  allowed for any institution to make post UTME candidates, directly or indirectly incur further related expenses such as administrative and bank charges.

“Such should be at no additional cost to the candidates.

“JAMB will  provide for free, to all institutions, access to photo images and finger -print data of all candidates in order to curb the substitution of candidates.

Earlier in his address, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, commended the board for efforts to fight examination malpractice.

Echono, who was represented by the Director, Tertiary Education in the ministry, Mr Ojo Samuel, said that the recent investigations carried out  candidates suspected to have been involved in malpractice in recent UTME was a pointer that the examination industry  must re-strategise in order to sanitise the system.

He urged the board not to leave any stone unturned in a bid to ensure that all culprits and collaborators were brought to justice.

“I, therefore, urge that all institutions must ensure that candidates seeking admissions must be thoroughly screened to ensure that they are the real owners of the results they carry.

“All institutions must also ensure that the matriculation list  on the CAPS are appropriate in content and in time.

“I want to plead with JAMB and  heads of tertiary institutions to ensure that candidates with special needs such as the blind are considered for admission, provided they meet the minimum requirements,” Echono said.

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JAMB remits N3.5bn to FG

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Th joint Admissions and Ma­triculation Board (JAMB) has made an interim remit­tance of N3.5 billion to the Federal Government con­solidated revenue account.

A statement by Dr Fabi­an Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Media in Abu­ja, explained that the remit­tance was in line with Prof. Ishaq Oloyede’s avowed commitment to remit whol­ly, excess funds generated from its operations to the Federal Government.

According to JAMB, a payment of over N3.5 bil­lion had already been made to candidates by way of re­duction of N1,500 from the cost of each ePIN sold to each candidate as directed by Presiden Muhammadu Buhari.

“This brings the total remittances this year to over N7 billion with the assurance to remit more as soon as its operations are concluded and proper audit of its books done.

“From the outset, it had been the intention of the present leadership of the Board to return to federal coffers, whatever is left unutilised from its operational imperatives.

“The immediate benefit of the move manifested in the reduction by President Buhari of the UTME Registration fee payable by candidates from N5000 to N3,500 which entails the transfer of over N3 billion to candidates and guardians annually via the reduction in the cost of application documents,” he said.

Benjamin added that before the reduction in the cost of application EPINs, the Board had remitted over N7 billion in 2017 and replicated same in subsequent years.

He said that this could be attributed to the gracious action by the Buhari administration’s unprecedented decision to give back to candidates a percentage of the cost of registration.

“To sustain the gesture, the Board will continue to come up with innovations on ways to ensure that candidates are provided with world-class services at modest cost as obtained anywhere in the world,” he said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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JAMB releases 2019 provisional admission list of successful candidates

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has published the 2019 provisional matriculation list of admitted candidates on the official website of the board.

The board disclosed this in its weekly bulletin made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.

The board also advised candidates who were yet to accept their offers of admission on the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to do so or risk forfeiting the admission.

According to the board, the list of fully-admitted candidates in all the tertiary institutions in the country is hereby published on the JAMB Website.

“For ease of checking, candidates can visit: www.jamb.org.gov., proceed to menu titled ‘STUDENTS+’, select the submenu ‘CHECK MATRICULATION LIST 2019’ option and search for their names by entering their 10-digit JAMB Registration Number.

“There is a large number of candidates who have been offered Provisional Admission but are yet to accept the admission.

“A list containing their names is also on display on the board’s website and such candidates are to immediately accept such offers by using the CAPS Mobile App downloaded from the Google Play Store.

“With the App successfully installed and accessed on their devices, candidates do not need to visit any CBT centre or cybercafe as doing so would be a violation of the work-from-home/stay-at home order in place in most parts of the country.”

JAMB, however, said that candidates should note that failure to accept such offers of admission on the CAPS platform would result in the forfeiture of such admissions.

“Candidates are also to note that acceptance of admission on any website other than CAPS is not a valid acceptance as any admission not processed and accepted through CAPS is not known to JAMB.

“Alternatively, affected candidates who are not sure of their 2019 admission status can check for such from their phones by sending “STATUS 2019” to 55019.

“However, in the event of any challenges, candidates are to lodge their complaints immediately by using the online ticketing platform at support.jamb.gov.ng under “2019 Admission List Issue.

“Candidates are to note that only those who had accepted their offers of admissions on CAPS and whose names appear on the Provisional Matriculation List are recognised as bona fide students of the various institutions.

“By implication, if a candidate’s name is not on this published list which will be sent to all tertiary institutions, NYSC and other stakeholders, his/her application for mobilisation in the NYSC scheme, employment, among others, would be declined,” the board said.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

 

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Exam misconduct: JAMB de-list 9 CBT centres

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has de-listed nine Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres from the list of approved centres in the just concluded 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

JAMB, in its weekly bulletin, published every Monday in Abuja said the centres were de-listed due to technical deficiency to conniving with candidates to cheat.

According to the board, the centres include St. Anthony Comprehensive Secondary School, Abia State, St. Josephs Institute, Enugu, Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi State, H. S. P. S CBT centre, Omu-Aran in Kwara and Darman Model College CBT Centre, Satelite Town, Lagos.

Others are Lafia Knowledge Centre, Lafia, Solid Rock Girls Academy, Sagamu, Ogun State, Sejdom Global Ventures Limited, Ibadan, and MS World ICT Institute of Information Technology, Kano.

The board said out of the 1,945,983 million candidates who sat for this year’s examination, 195 candidates were involved in different forms of examination misconduct.

According to the board, the misconduct include examination by proxy, connivance to cheat, smuggling of mobile phones and electronic devices into examination hall, attempt to cheat and double registration.

Other examination misconducts as outlined by the board were tampering with exam documents, forceful entrance, double registration, faking of vital documents and unruly behavior by candidates.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Sadiya Hamza
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COVID-19: JAMB donates 3 ventilators to 2 FCT hospitals

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has  donated three ventilators to two General hospitals to support  the Federal Government’s fight against  Coronavirus in the country.

The board disclosed this in a statement, signed by Dr Fabian Benjamin, Head of Media and Publicity on Wednesday in Abuja.

JAMB said the gesture was prompted by ongoing collective support in the country to contain the spread of the virus in the country.

” The board appreciates the support and donations from corporate bodies and individuals toward complementing government’s efforts, aimed at containing the spread of the pandemic.

” This efforts are also aimed at treating those already infected by the virus.

” In our own little way of ensuring that government strategies and preemptive measures yield fruitful dividends, the board has donated two ventilators to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.

” Another one is donated to the principal hospital in the Board’s host community, the Bwari General Hospital, Abuja, in preparation for any eventuality.

” This was borne out of the board’s desire to plan in line with federal government’s determination to ensure that no Nigerian succumbed to the virus.

” The donation of these ventilators which cost several millions is to strategically place these Hospitals in good stead to give necessary treatment to COVID-19 patients whether in Bwari or any other part of Abuja.

” However, this gesture was in addition to the several other interventions aimed at aiding the fight against the virus, ” the board said.

JAMB said that it would continue to support the fight against the pandemic within its limited means and by so doing, protect its teeming candidates.

The board, while calling on all Nigerians to collectively battle to contain the spread of COVID-19, urged all tertiary institutions, students and their parents to support the government by abiding to instructions aimed at fighting the spread of the pandemic.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza
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COVID-19: JAMB suspends activities in offices nationwide

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has temporarily suspended all activities requiring physical contacts in all its offices and centres nationwide.

This is contained in a statement by the board’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to the statement, the development is in line with the professional advice of government on safety of all persons in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic around the globe.

“All candidates and members of the general public should hereby note that the board has temporarily suspended all its activities that will be requiring physical contacts in all its offices around the country.

“The board has equally upgraded its ticketing online services which are available to attend to enquiries, complaints as well as handle some services.

“Candidates can access the services on the board’s website, www.jamb.org.ng and also through candidate’s profile.

“Enquiries and complaints can be lodged on ‘support .jamb.gov.ng,” it said.

The statement explained that all services requiring biometric verification were henceforth suspended till further notice.

It assured the public of the board’s prompt and adequate services online, adding that the situation would be reviewed regularly.

According to the statement, as soon as the circumstance permits, all suspended services would be restored without delay.

Similarly, the Management of University of Lagos had directed its entire staff from grades level  1 to 12 to stay away from work for a period of 14 days with effect from Tuesday, March 23.

The institution’s Principal Assistant Register, Communication Unit, Mrs Taiwo Oloyede revealed this in a  signed statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

According to the statement, the move is furtherance to earlier measures taken by the university’s management to support the efforts of the Federal and State Governments in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus disease “which is on the increase in the country.

“Management at an emergency meeting held on Monday, March 23, 2020 approved that members of staff on CONTISS 1-12 to stay at home for two weeks with effect from Tuesday, March 24 to Wednesday, April 8.

“The stay-at-home directive is to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Management also directs that the following measures should be adhered to, which include banning of all social and religious gatherings or meetings of more than 10 persons on campus.

“All level 1-12 officers and equivalent in the university are to stay at home for the next two weeks with the exception of levels 13 -15,  and Deans of Faculty, Heads of Department, Directors, Secretaries attached to Principal Officers to continue to come to the office to keep the university running,” it said.

The statement further directed that all Heads of Department/Units were also encouraged to provide hand sanitisers at strategic areas of their offices.

It also added that all staff  on essential duties such as Works and Physical Planning Unit (Power), Security and Medical Services and others were also to be around to man the essential areas.

It further directed that restaurants and canteens on campus were equally expected to serve only take-away packs.

According to the statement, security personnel will move around to ensure that management’s directives are strictly adhered to by members of the community.

It then enjoined members of staff and university community at large to stay safe by observing all precautionary measures and instructions provided by Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Lagos State Government.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam and Isaac Ukpoju
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UTME: JAMB to deploy braille technology for visually impaired candidates- Okebukola

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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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Education: Niger LG to repay JAMB fees for 100 students

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The Agwara Local Government Area of Niger has approved N1 million for the repayment of Joint Administrations and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination fees for 100 students in the area.

Alhaji Nura Kokoli, the council chairman, made this known on Sunday during an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Agwara.

“The council has approved the immediate release of N1 million to settle payment of JAMB forms for 100 students who registered for the examination,” he said.

Kokoli said that the gesture was to reduce the burden of parents in sponsoring their children to school.

He announced that his administration would offer scholarship to the indigines of the area in their quest to pursue their educational carreer.

The council boss advised parents to send their children to school to acquire both Western and Islamic education in order to contribute positively to the society.

He reiterated the council’s resolve to uplift the living standards of the people through the provision of basic social amenities.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
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JAMB: NSCDC arrests 4 suspects over malpractice in Nasarawa

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nasarawa state Command said it has arrested four persons over  alleged examination malpractice in three Local Government Areas of the state.

 

Muhammad Mahmud-Fari, state Commandant of NSCDC disclosed this newsmen in Lafia on Friday.

Mahmud-Fari said the suspects were arrested at various Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Computer Based Tests (CBT) centre in Karu, Akwanga and Lafia local government areas of the state.

 

“These are our leaders of tomorrow but have decided to become criminal at this tender age. They were arrested in Karu, Akwanga and Lafia local government areas for examination malpractice.

 

“We are taking them to the court of law where they must go and face the consequences of their actions.

 

“We cannot allow this to continue because if we do, then we are saying we want Nigeria to collapse.

 

“If they start committing crime at this stage, what will happen if they grow older and become the leaders,” he said.

 

Mahmud-Fari said NSCDC will continue to support JAMB to rid examination centers of criminal minded persons.

 

“Some of them were hired to write for others while some didn’t register but investigation is ongoing to get to the root of what they did,“he said.

 

Mahmud-Fari said that one of the suspects was arrested in Masaka in Karu local government area, two in Akwanga local government area and  the fourth in the CBT centre in Taal E-Library in Lafia local government area.

 

He urged youths to always strive to obey the law and avoid involvement in any act that was against the law.

 

Dr Mahmuda Adamu, Zonal Director of JAMB covering Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau states, said the board would continue to put strict security measures to rid examination centres of malpractice.

 

“Because of the measures we put in place, we have been able to pick out impersonators. For these ones, they will be charged to court and the maximum punishment is 21 years imprisonment,” he said.

 

“These youths must understand that there is no shortcut to success. This is the beginning of bad things.

“When somebody impersonate to write for another person, that means even when the person goes to the university, he will still try to use shortcuts.”

 

Edited By: Joseph Edeh and Isaac Ukpoju
(NAN)

 

 

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

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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: JAMB denies cancelling any result

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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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 JAMB revenue officer, boss stole N36.5m – EFCC witness alleges

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 An EFCC witness, Stanley Ani, on Tuesday told an FCT High Court, N36.5 million was not remitted to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as revenue.

The EFCC charged Philomina Chieshe, a JAMB revenue officer who once claimed a snake swallowed the money in her custody and her boss, Samuel Umoru, the state coordinator in Makurdi office, with eight counts bordering on conspiracy, breach of trust and misappropriation.

They were accused of conspiring among themselves between August 2014 and July 2016 and misappropriated funds belonging to JAMB, an agency of the Federal Government contrary to Section 97 (2) of the Penal Code Law.

The anti graft agency alleged that the defendants committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said properties and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable by Section 315 of the Penal Code Law.

They however, pleaded not guilty.

Testifying as the prosecution fourth witness  (PW2), Ani told the court in his evidence that the 2nd defendant’s accounts in Zenith and ECO banks were investigated.

He said an extraction was made on the inflows coming into these accounts.

“We discovered that a total of N29 million was credited to Chieshe’s account between January 2014 to February 2017.

“Out of it, N2 million came in as her legitimate earnings from JAMB as salaries,  allowances as well as dividends as a member of JAMB co-operative society.

“ We also discovered that N26.9 million came in from various agents who were contracted by her to sale e-facility cards and remit to the Zenith account.

” From her account we discovered that there were no remittance to JAMB rather,  almost all her withdrawals were through ATM,”  he said.

Ani told the court that Chieshe submitted copies of the original tellers showing where she deposited money into Umoru’s account on his instructions from the proceeds of the sale of the e- facility.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr Ekene Iheanocho, tendered the documents as evidence.

When cross-examined by  A.I. Ihejirika, Umoru ‘s counsel , the witness told the court that there was no outright statement written as money from the sale of e-facility .

He added that but ,Chieshe did explain to them that her boss (Umoru) usually collects money from the proceeds of e-facility as IOU.

After Ani’s testimony, Justice Peter Affen, adjourned until June 1 for continuation of trial.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
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2020 UTME: No more biometric verification after examination -JAMB

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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

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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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Candidates optimistic as JAMB starts 2020 UTME

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Some candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have expressed optimism in the conduct and outcome of the 2020 exercise.

The candidates spoke in separate interviews with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Saturday, during the 2020 UTME examination scheduled by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

NAN reports that JAMB had earlier scheduled the examination to commence from March 14 to April 4 in its over 600 accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centres nationwide.

Roseline Abeh, a candidate at the JAMB CBT centre in Kogo, Bwari, said she was sure to do her best since she had acquired all necessary knowledge on especially, the use of computer.

She said she was sitting for the examinations for the second time and had challenges while using the system during the previous exercise.

She, however, added that this year, she was fully prepared for all it took to sit for the examinations, which she hoped would yield positive result.

Abeh also described the conduct of the exercise at the centre as well organised.

She commended JAMB for the effort put in place to ensure a smooth process.

“Everyone is treated by the officials without any preference but with strict adherence to the rules and regulations as stated before the exercise.

“Everyone is searched and scrutinised to make sure no one was carrying any of the banned items and so far, I have not heard of anyone complain about the computers being non- functional.

“I am sure to score high because I believe the questions will be easy,” she said.

John Ezeh, another candidate, who sat for the examination at the JAMB Headquarters CBT centre said he believed the efforts he made in preparing for the examination would give him a positive result.

According to him, the process is smoothly conducted by officials at the centre and while I hope that the results will favour me, I also pray to gain admission with the outcome.

Similarly, Aishatu Lawal, another candidate told NAN that she was satisfied with the questions as they were not exactly what she expected but what she prepared for before the examination.

“The questions were from the syllabus and fair, though not exactly from past examination questions but they are of course in the same direction.

“I am sure to score high marks because I read well for this examination.

“I also appreciate the entire process; the exercise was timely; I didn’t have any problem with my computer and those who did were attended to swiftly by the officials,” Lawal said.

NAN reports that over 1.9 million registered candidates are expected to sit for the examination in CBT centres nationwide.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi
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NSCDC deploys 60 special personnel to JAMB-CBT centres in Enugu

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has deployed 60 special personnel to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Enugu State.

CSP Danny Iwuchukwu, the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Command, disclosed this to the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Enugu.

NAN reports that JAMB has scheduled the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for between March 14 and April 4.

Iwuchukwu said that the command had deployed two specialised, trained and well-briefed personnel in each of the 23 JAMB-CBT centres in the state.

According to him, the command has also deployed and detailed 14 surveillance and supervisory officers, who will be on patrol monitoring and coordinating security activities in each of the 23 centres.

The NSCDC spokesman said that the command would ensure maximum security at the centres and that no candidate engaged in any form of cheating during the examinations.

“There is a level of comportment and discipline which NSCDC personnel expect from the candidates for the examination.

“They are expected to submit themselves to the rules and regulations of the examination.

“We also expect them to come with confidence and forthrightness to take the exam and succeed in it as well as book a place in the institutions of their choice,’’ he said.

Iwuchukwu noted that NSCDC, as the leading security agency at the JAMB-CBT centres, would be willing to collaborate with other interested security agencies in the state to achieve a resounding success during the exercise.

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Aisha Buhari registers 639 students for  2020 JAMB, WAEC, NECO exams in Adamawa

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Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has trained and registered 639 out-of-school children to sit for 2020 JAMB, WAEC and NECO examinations in Adamawa.

 

 

Dr Nasiru Sani, the Lead Project Coordinator, Youths Educational Empowerment Programme of Future Assured Foundation, disclosed this in interview with Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Yola.

 

 

Sani said that the Future Assured Foundation was initiated and funded by Mrs Buhari.

 

 

“The Youths Educational Empowerment Programme was initiated by Mrs Aisha Buhari in 2017.

 

 

“The core objective of the programme is to support the less privileged and out-of-school students in Adamawa to further their education.

 

 

“In late 2019, the programme registered 750 qualified students and after three months of intensive training, about 639 successful students were registered for 2020 JAMB, WAEC and NECO examinations,” Sani said.

 

 

He said the idea of the programme was to support dropped-out school children and those that finished secondary schools and had no means to further their education.

 

 

He stated that among the objectives of the programme was to compliment government’s    educational efforts.

 

 

Dr Muhammed Yusuf, the Lead Consultant of the Training Programme, told NAN that the programme started with only 50 students in 2017 in two Local Government Areas of the state, Yola South and Yola North.

 

 

“Following the successful implementation of the youth educational programme recorded  in previous years, the wife of the President decided to expand the programme to cover additional qualified students across the state.

 

 

” Now we have about 750 students  from three Senatorial zones who are receiving intensive tutorial training on Sciences and Art subjects in preparation for the 2020 JAMB, WAEC and NECO examinations ,” Yusuf said.

 

 

He said the primary focus of the programme was the girl-child and that all students were given free electronic gadgets (Tablet) for the training.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu
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UTME candidates can print examination slips —JAMB

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says prospective candidates for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are free to print their examination slips for the Computer Based Test. The board’s UTME is scheduled to commence nationwide on Saturday, March 14.

The Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, told the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Lagos that the examination slips could be printed anywhere.

According to him, candidates are expected to look out for the locations of their centres before their examination dates.

“This is in order to avoid running around on the examination day trying to locate the centres, and as a result, getting to the centre late.

“It should be stated clearly now that lateness to the examination will not be tolerated, no matter the excuse,” he said.

Benjamin said that come 2021, the board’s portal would be integrated into that of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

“Admission into our tertiary institutions are at the centre of national development, and therefore, any person or group of persons found to be truncating the national development process will not be assured

“This integration will be done in such a way that anyone, be it from JAMB itself, institutions, the candidates or the general public,  causing infractions of whatever type to our examination and its processes will be decisively dealt with immediately,” he said.

Benjamin assured of the board’s commitment in improving on the examination process.

“The board will not relent in its effort, in ensuring that its processes are devoid of corrupt practices,” he assured.

NAN reports that no fewer than 1.9 million candidates registered for this year’s examination nationwide.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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 JAMB coordinator instructed me to transfer N16m into his account, his wife’s, others -witness

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A Prosecution Witness, Solomon Adejo, told an FCT High Court that he transferred N16 million to different accounts on the instructions of a defendant, Yakubu Jekada.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), charged Jekada, a Joint Matriculation Examination Board (JAMB) official with criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of N35 million.

He was arraigned alongside five others: Philomina Chieshe, Samuel Umoru, Daniel Agbo, Priscilla Ogunsola, and Aliyu Yakubu.

Jekada, led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Mr Ekene Iheanacho, told the court that the defendant directed him to transfer monies into different accounts including into his wife’s account.

“I have worked in the Jos JAMB office for 16 years now.

 

“The defendant made me revenue officer when he became the co-ordinator of the JAMB office in Jos in 2007.

“We agreed on the modalities on how the e- facility cards were to sold. The cards are in a pack of 500 units and are sold at N1000 a card.

“On a certain day, eight packs were sold for N4 million and the defendant collected the money .

“When we make huge sales, the defendant would ask me to pay the amount into his personal account or his wife’s.

“He also instructed me to transfer some money into the account of Tony Eneji, Kogi co-ordinator of the Board,” he alleged.

When Mr Gyang Zi, counsel to the defendant,  asked the witness where the reconciliation document was, he said he does not have it.

” I don’t have it. We usually keep it on the desk of Jekada. I did not demand for written instruction because it would amount to insubordination because I don’t know if he has been remitting the money “he said.

After listening to the testimony, Justice Peter Affen, adjourned until May 14, for trial to continue.

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ITF says its newly-inaugurated library can be used by JAMB as CBT centre

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The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari, says the fund’s newly-inaugurated modern library can be used by the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) as centre for its Computer Based Examination (CBT).

Ari stated this on Friday in Jos at the inauguration of the library and a central store at the fund’s headquarters and 16 classroom blocks at its staff school.

He said that the state-of-the-art library had a 250-capacity base for the CBT and it also accommodated e-learning facilities for Engineering, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Periodicals and Dailies and  office accommodation for staff.

He said the library would also enhance capacity of the Fund’s staff to perform their duties proactively as a training institution.

“Taking into cognisance our position as a learning and development agency, staff of the ITF are expected to be knowledgeable and that can only be achieved through constant research which is possible with a rich modern library,” the director-general said.

According to him, the newly-inaugurated central store will lead to a more efficient and effective supervision for store auditing and easier stock taking.

He said the addition of 16 classrooms to the staff school showed the resolve of the fund to ensure that the pupils were equipped with knowledge and skills for development at a tender age.

Ari said that the school’s curriculum emphasised hands-on skills so as to build the interest of pupils at an early stage.

The Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Richard Adebayo, who inaugurated the projects, commended Sir Ari,  saying  the fund had witnessed unprecedented growth since the director-general assumed office.

Adebayo said the library was very pertinent to the ITF as  a learning and development institution, and that the facility would enable the staff of the fund to effectively equip Nigerians with the requisite skills for employability and entrepreneurship.

He said that provision of the facilities would go a long way in ensuring that the fund continued to play a vital role in the achievement of the policies of the Federal Government.

He assured the director-general that the  federal government would continue to put in place policies that would ensure that organisations like the ITF whose activities had direct impact on the life of Nigerians, thrived.

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JAMB approves 9 CBT centres for UTME in Ebonyi-Coordinator

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Mrs Jema Iheme, state Coordinator, Joint  Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), says the board has approved nine Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Ebonyi for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Iheme disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Abakaliki.

She listed the approved CBT centres to include Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, ICT Complex, Uwana, Afikpo, Annunciation ICT Centre St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kpirikpiri in Abakaliki and Comprehensive School of Management and Technology, Abakaliki.

Other centres are College of Education, Ikwo, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, School of Health Technology, Ezzamgbo, Twelve Apostles College, Ndiabo-Ishiagu, Sharon in Izzi Local Government and West Gate Cityhub, Abakaliki.

She said that each of the centres had a capacity to accommodate between 200 and 220 candidates for a section of the exam noting that each section would last two hours while a centre was expected to sit for three sections each examination day.

“Centres in some South-East states such as Imo, Enugu and Anambra have 250 capacity centers but due to the peculiar nature of Ebonyi, centres in the state would accommodate between 200 and 220 candidates per a section.

“The body is set and fully prepared for the conduct of the examination which we anticipate will commence on March 14 and only students duly accredited will be allowed entry into the exam hall,” she added.

She said that the pre-UTME recently conducted by the board was to equip candidates with knowledge of the exam and also test-run facilities at the accredited CBT centres.

“The pre-UTME or mock examination conducted by the exam body was optional and written by candidates who indicated interest while filling their examination entrance form.

“The idea is to allow the candidates have a fore-knowledge of how the examination which is computer based looks like because some of them are not computer literate.

“We also used the opportunity to test-run installations in these centres including sets of computers, internet connection, CCTV among others which will be deployed during the examination.

“Each of the centres has about 20 additional back-up computers in case of breakdown of any of the computers and also back-up generating set to supply power,” Iheme said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Maureen Atuonwu

 

 

 

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