•Sale of 2018 UTME closes
•Over 1.6m candidates registered
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has vowed to unmask, arrest and prosecute the mysterious “snake” behind the disappearance of N36 million from its Benue State Office.
According to Head of Media and Public Relations of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the Board would deploy all available resources to arrest and prosecute any one found undermining the integrity of the Board, irrespective of who is involved.
The “snake” was accused by one of the Board’s accounting officer of gulping the huge sums of money in a bizzare explanation for embezzlement
Speaking further on the snake issue, Benjamin in a statement on Tuesday, maintaines that there is no hiding place for any form of crime to thrive in the running of the Board’s activities.
He recalled that the Prof.Ishaq Oloyede led management had on assumption of duty embarked on a tour of the Board’s state offices to ascertain their actual financial standing and their general operations.
He stressed that some of the reforms introduced by Oloyede when he assumed office in 2016 included the recommendation of an end to the use of scratch cards, replacing it with more efficient and effective modes of pin vending.
The JAMB Spokesman noted that the Unified Tertuary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates had before now, purchased scratch cards from our offices nationwide and designated centres to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or other essential services.
He revealed that it is in the process of the routine audit and other checks of state offices account and activities that an official incharge of the Benue state office of the Board was found wanting in an effort to give an accurate account of the proceeds realised from the sales of the cards.
He stated: “We are not going to take lightly our fight against corruption no matter who is involved.
“We are going to unravel, arrest and prosecute this alleged mysterious snake, just as we are going to bring to book any of our officers or stakeholders who is caught in any activities not in line with the Board’s policies.
“A number of persons have indeed been discovered to have misappropriated funds belonging to the Board and the one at hand currently is one of such numerous cases of misappropriation in the state offices.”
“Another of such cases uncovered by the Oloyede management led team is that of a state officer who also failed to give account of monies realised from the sales of the card but rather claimed that he was on his way to return some unsold scratch cards when he was involved in a car crash and the car was burnt with the cards.
“He had claimed that all the cards then got burnt in the process, just as he failed to account for those sold before the ban on the use of scratch cards.
“We are out to carry careful scrutiny of government funds, as well as block all leakages and loope holes.”
Benjamin assured that the Board would not leave any stone unturned in its fight to stamp out corruption in its activities.
He further stressed that JAMB will not condone or hide any act of misconduct, no natter how uncomfortable or unpleasant it may be to the Board or any stakeholder.
To this end, he said that the Board have deployed machineries that fights corruptions, infractions, and admission malpractice, financial misappropriation in a a total and comprehensive manner.
There will be no sacred cow, be it a staff of the Board or any stakeholder partnering with the Board.
“The fight against corruption by the Board has been given a boost by the recent visit by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) Mr Ibrahim Magu.
“Given the kind of commendation by Magu and the confidence reposed in the management of the Oloyede led Board, we would have no option than to continue to do more.
“In JAMB, we have nothing to hide. We run an open door system where the public must have an unfettered access to information, be it positive or negative, whether in the present or past.”
“The fact remains that the officer in question in our Benue office and many others found in similar situations in some other states had diverted the fund before the assumption of office of the current Registrar.
“But, be that as it may, management is working assiduously to arrest and hand over to the appropriate quarters, this ‘snake’ that swallowed our N36 million and a host of others still in our system,” he stated.
In a related development, T the Board has announced that the sale of 2018 UTME application is closed with over 1.6 million candidates successfully completed their registration.
On the UTME, Benjamin urged the public to note that all candidates who paid and obtained pins and could not unsuccessfully registered at the close of sale are allowed to quickly within 24hrs complete their registration as no complaints would be entertained afterwards.
For purposes of emphasis, he said, this applies to only candidates who had initiated registration processes and have paid and procured the registration epins but could not registered at the closed of sales.
He also noted that candidates are not to generate any profile code for the purpose of 2018 UTME registration as doing so would have no effect and a wast of time and resources.
“At the close of pin vending , a total of 1,662,818 candisates paid and obtained the epins while 1,650,547 had successfully registered for the 2018 UTME. The difference are the numbers outstanding who have not registered but are holding the epins and are now allowed to registered within 24hrs,” he said.
He reminded that the Board commenced the sale of the 2018 UTME registration on the 6th of December,2017 and was to closed on the 6th of February, 2018 but extended to 11th of February, 2018.