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We are ready for defense — JAMB

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On Thursday, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, Ishaq Oloyede, expressed concern over how many Nigerians blamed the organization for the 912,013 illegal admissions processed by tertiary institutions in the country.

He, however, said JAMB would not hesitate to prove his innocence and expose the people behind the nearly one million illegal admissions to graduate schools between 2017 and 2020.

It was then that the director general of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Mohammed Fadah, vowed that he would block further attempts by institutions to field unqualified people for the National Youth Service Corps. .

JAMB Registrar and Fadah said so during the opening ceremony of NYSC’s Batch ‘C’ 2022 Pre-Mobilization Workshop in Abuja, themed: “Stemming Enrollment Fraud in the Process of mobilization: It is time to act drastically to stop the threat.

Oloyede said, “All mobilization issues, rightly or wrongly, are kicked out of JAMB. We are ready to accept but we will not hesitate to prove our innocence. We will prove our innocence by exposing those who are really guilty.

“We have over 900 institutions producing applicants for admission with JAMB, but we have continued to take action in conjunction with the NYSC to ensure that the fakes among those who are mobilized are demobilized.

“One of the measures we have taken is to introduce the central admissions processing system, which takes in all genuine cases and exposes all bad ones.

“CAPS has made it clear that those who are evil have nowhere to hide and will continue to be exposed.

”We started CAPS in 2017, and some people thought it was a joke, but we released the list of people who were illegally admitted between 2017 and 2020.

“To date, only higher education institutions that initially denied guilt have confessed to illegally admitting nearly one million applicants between 2017 and 2021.

“Last year, Education Minister Alhaji Adamu Adamu finally granted amnesty and ordered that we try to rescue almost a million applicants who had been admitted illegally.

“If you take into account that the country admits around 600,000 applicants to higher education institutions every year, you will realize that almost a million illegal applicants are enough to destabilize the system.”

Therefore, he called on the institutions to ensure that they abide by the rules.

Oloyede said there were varying shades of malpractice in the unified graduate matriculation exam conducted by JAMB.

“If you’re talking about cheating in the exam hall and trying to change grades, go to southern Nigeria. However, if you are talking about manipulating the registration process before exams, go to Northern Nigeria,” he said.

Other issues identified by the JAMB Registrar that hamper the system include students attempting to compromise staff for mobilization; fraudsters defrauding applicants with false admissions; the delay of institutions in processing genuine admissions and the delegation of authority by institutions to less qualified persons which compromises their integrity.

The NYSC chief expressed concern about the declining quality of graduates presented for mobilization.

He said: “During the 2022 Batch ‘B’ Streams I and II Orientation Programs, our field officers detected a good number of potential Corps members, especially those claiming to be overseas trained, with a shocking inability to defend their alleged academic qualifications.

“A series of confessions have been extracted from them, and these will hopefully help us with further investigations.”

Earlier, NYSC (Corps Mobilization) Director Victoria Ango explained that part of the effort to contain the threat of fraudulent mobilization informed the choice of workshop theme.