The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it would reach out to candidates through their telephones as soon as all the results of the 2019 UTME were ratified.
The board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
According to him, candidates should not be carried away by what he described as rumours and misleading information in some sections of the media, especially social media.
NAN reports that the 2019 UTME was conducted nationwide from Thursday, April 11 to Wednesday, April 18.
Over 1.8 million candidates registered for the examination.
“The board want to distance itself from such rumours about releasing the results of candidates of the just concluded UTME and steps to check these results as being speculated.
“Candidates should disregard this information as it is not true. It is not emanating from the board.
“No results have been released yet. Yes, the results are all ready, but we are yet to release them because they are still being ratified.
“The release of the result will be publicised as soon as we are through with all the board has set out to achieve. We will let the public know
“Candidates should not bother themselves going to any cyber cafe to check any result. Our result check has been standardised. We will forward the results to the respective telephone numbers of those candidates who are deserving of it,” he said.
He said that the board was intensifying efforts to ensure that results of deserving candidates were released by next week.
Mr Benjamin further explained that it was not also true that the board was deducting some marks from candidates with proven cases of examination malpractice.
According to him, once the board establishes evidence of any form of examination malpractice, it will cancel outrightly, the result of such candidate rather than deduct marks.
“If we establish any case of infraction or examination malpractice being carried out in any centre too, such centre is shut down and the entire results of candidates who wrote in that centre from the commencement of the examination, which is Aprill 11 to the end will automatically be cancelled.
“Such affected candidates are rescheduled immediately for the examination in another centre as was the case in some centres in Abia,” he said.
He added that the board made several arrests of persons caught trying to undermine the integrity of the examination and process, while it lasted, just like it shut down centres that fell short of the standard.
Mr Benjamin said that the Ishaq Oloyede-led JAMB has zero tolerance for any form of corruption, which included examination malpractice.
“Right now, we have just read from a major national daily that an ex-JAMB staff is about to be arraigned by the EFCC over an alleged diversion of about N100 million belonging to the board.
“Let me make it clear that this said case was not during the tenure of the current JAMB Registrar.
“In fact, one of the major guidelines of the current board is total transparency and accountability, coupled with its open door policy,” Mr Benjamin told NAN.
Graduates Who Skip NYSC Can Contest Governorship, Says Court
A Federal High Court in Abuja says a candidate cannot be disqualified from an election for failure to participate in the National Youth Service Corps scheme.
The court made this pronouncement on Wednesday when it struck out a suit brought against the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, by a former senator, Iyabo Anisulowo.
Details of the judgement were sent to Premium Times by Mr Abiodun’s spokesperson.
The pre-election suit challenged the eligibility of Mr Abiodun over his failure to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
The NYSC was established in 1973 and participation is mandatory for all Nigerians who graduate from a tertiary institution in or outside the country before they attain the age of 30.
The presentation of the NYSC discharge certificate awarded at the end of the one-year scheme is a requirement for employment into the formal sector in Nigeria.
Last year, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) disqualified the then Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, from running in its governorship primaries in Oyo State after PREMIUM TIMES exposed him for skipping the NYSC scheme after taking a degree in Law in the late 1970s.
Despite the revelation that he dodged the NYSC, President Muhammadu Buhari allowed Mr Shittu to remain as minister until the dissolution of the federal executive council last month.
The former minister challenged his disqualification from the APC primaries but the court dismissed his suit against the party.
Mr Shittu also accused the APC of double standards for allowing some aspirants such as Mr Abiodun to run for its tickets even though they had also been accused of skipping the NYSC scheme despite being graduates.
The former minister has also sued the NYSC, arguing that participation in the NYSC is not a requirement to hold public office.
Also last year, Kemi Adeosun was forced to step down as Minister of Finance after PREMIUM TIMES revealed that she forged an NYSC exemption certificate which enabled her to be cleared for an appointment first as a commissioner in Ogun State and then as a minister in 2015 by President Buhari.
Mrs Adeosun had graduated from an institution in the United Kingdom before the age of 30, which made her eligible for participation in the NYSC scheme.
An exemption certificate is awarded only to Nigerians who are older than 25 years when they graduated, those serving in the military or security forces or those exempted on health ground.
Mrs Adeosun’s case is, however, different from that of Messrs Shittu and Abiodun because they did not use forged NYSC certificate neither did they falsely claim to have participated or be exempted from it.
Stop Creating New Varsities, Develop Existing Ones – JAMB
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has called for an embargo on the creation of new public and private universities in the country.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, stated this, noting that emphasis should be placed on developing the existing universities in the country, which currently stand at 170.
According to the National Universities Commission, the country has 43 federal universities, 48 state universities and 79 private universities.
Oloyede made the call on Friday while speaking at the 4th convocation lecture of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.
According to a weekly JAMB bulletin obtained on Sunday, Oloyede said there was the need to place the embargo on the establishment of new universities in Nigeria so that the country’s existing institutions could be adequately catered to.
He said, “Since education is everybody’s business, all Nigerians should support the effort towards educational development. Universities should not be established just to boost the ego of rich individuals and politicians.”
Oloyede reiterated the recommendations of the 2017 Presidential Retreat on Education which made a case for a declaration of a state of emergency on the education sector.
The registrar advocated increased funding of education in the country by committing nothing less than 15 per cent of the national budget to the sector.
2019 UTME: JAMB Approves 160 as Cut-off Mark
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and higher institutions on Tuesday approved 160 and above as cut-off mark for admissions in 2019.
The decision was reached at the 19th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria.
JAMB and the school authorities also approved 140 for admission into private universities.
The meeting took place at the Bola Babalakin Auditorium, Gbongan, Osun State.
120 UTME score was approved for admission into public polytechnics while 110 is the minimum for admission into private polytechnics.