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2019 UTME: JAMB Parades 19-year-old over Result Falsification

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By John Onah, Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday 24th June, 2019 evening paraded one Adah Eche, a 19-year-old admission seeker who allegedly falsified his Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result.

JAMB’s Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, paraded the suspect before newsmen at the board’s Headquarters in Bwari, Abuja.

Oloyede said that the suspect, who sat for the 2019 UTME scored 153, but decided to connive with an examination syndicate who allegedly increased his scores.

He explained that the suspect was apprehended after a delegation of Public Complaints Commission paid the board a visit following various complaints by aggrieved candidates who sat for the 2019 UTME.

We decided to pick three out of the complainants to address their issues and he happened to be the first person we picked and he actually wrote a letter of complaint to us knowingfully well that he faked his result.

“What we did was invite him to come and pick his admission letter and he came.

“Now, what such people do not know is that we have a barcode for every result which helps us verify its authenticity, but this fake one has the barcode of a supermarket and was saying invalid barcode on our own platform.

“We have checked our own platform and seen where he has checked his result three consecutive times via 55019 and was replied same with his original result which is 153, yet he insists that he did not know the one with 290 was fake,” he said.

Oloyede further explained that the suspect confessed to the crime after many evidences were discovered from his phone and another on his computer where he faked 200 score for himself first, before upgrading it to 290.

He also said that the fake result had an imposed ‘55019’ as the sender of the result.

According to him, a trail of transactions where the suspect collected money from others and sent to his counterpart for the upgrade of UTME scores was discovered on a whatsapp platform on his phone.

“He was collecting money from others, we have the transactions on his phone where some send N5000, seeking assistance and sending him their registration number, email addresses and all necessary details to help upgrade their scores.

“These are the same people who cry foul saying they didn’t see their results or they didn’t sit for the examination yet have scores.

“These people do not know we have installed features that help us track all these things that is why we insist that aggrieved candidates should come to us with the proof and credentials and we will sort this out, yet they refuse,” he said.

The Registrar said that the board’s website “www.jamb.org” had a platform where people could lodge in their complaints and the board was working on a daily basis to ensure that the issues were responded to at all cost.

“So far, we have treated 36,275 tickets that were raised from the platform, 36,247 have been closed and we have just 28 issues that were yet to be resolved.

”For instance, today alone, we had 143 queries out of which we treated 118, only 25 have not been treated.

”We continue to ask that all issues should be raised online and we will treat these on a daily basis, yet people prefer to gatecrash,” he said.

Oloyede said the suspect would be handed over to the police, and the board, would track and also apprehend others involved in the illicit act.

The suspect, Adah Eche, who said that he wrote his UTME at Veritas University Centre, Bwari, also said that he was writing the examination for the first time.

According to him, his result was delayed and was not released on time, so he posted on Facebook that he had not seen his and another Facebook user decided to assist him to get the result.

”I have never met the man before but he promised to assist me get the result and he asked me to send him N2000 which I did and he sent the result to me via Whatsapp.

“He later asked me to send N3000 so that he can submit the result for me but after I did, he never picked my calls again, he blocked me on whatsapp and later, his number was not connecting.

”I didn’t know it was a fake result, he also asked me to inform others and let them send money so that he could help them do the upgrade too, that’s why those transactions are there.

”I didn’t know one could write the examination more than once or else, I would not have tried this or I would have used the 153 to seek for admission in the polytechnic, but it was the man that convinced me.

”My advice to others is that they should stop such illicit acts, there’s no such thing as JAMB upgrade.” 

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UniAbuja Internal Council Voices Concern Over VC’s Election Plans

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The University of Abuja’s internal governing council has expressed concern over an alleged plan by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rasheed Na’Allah to conduct an election of the council against the University laws.

The council therefore, said it has taken a legal action against the Vice Chancellor to get clarification.

It would be recalled that President Bola Tinubu’s administration had in June 2023 dissolved all the governing councils in federal universities in the country.

However, the federal government, few days ago announced the constitution of council members of Federal tertiary institutions.

Following the announcement, the University of Abuja’s Internal Governing Council has intensified its stance, asserting that the planned election of new internal members violates established laws of the University.

The University, unlike other Federal Universities in Nigeria operates under a governance framework comprising both external and internal governing council members. 

While the external council members typically consist of individuals appointed by the federal government, the internal governing council members are typically drawn from within the university community, including faculty members, administrative staff, and student representatives through an election.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in Abuja, a member of the internal Council of the University, Pof. Edmund J.C Nwana blamed the vice Chancellor for planning an election while their tenure has not expired 

“We were elected 12th of July 2022, there was a contest in senate and we emerged winners. We were subsequently inaugurated on the 15th of July 2021 for a four year term.

“When the new administration came on board, we were about council assignments until we got information that Council was suspended.

“So, we waited thinking it will be resolved in may be another week, but it has lingered for now almost going into a year. 

“As we were watching and listening to know what next government wants to do, the rumours started flying and they are quite serious that our administration here, lead by the Vice Chancellor was planning to call for another election on his own understanding that Council has gone.

“So, we got wind of it and decided that, we don’t have time for any physical engagement or argument so we decided to seek the interpretation of the law, because it is in the art of the University of Abuja.

“So, we sought a legal explanation through the Federal High Court in Abuja a few days ago. So that’s where we are today, he has been served notice of a case that is pending,” he added.

According to him, other federal universities where tenures are not ended for internal council members, the Institutions are not going about hitting up the polity, but the members are going to return and complete their tenures.

Also speaking, Barrister Maxwell Opara, a council to the members urged the VC not to hand himself out as somebody who doesn’t obey the rule of law. 

“So, we are calling on the Minister of education, executive secretary of NUC, the Anthoney General of the Federation and the president to call the VC to order. 

Contributing, the Chairman of ASUU, University of Abuja branch, Dr. Sylvanus Ugoh said it is fully behind the council members for the right thing to be done.

“Our internal council members here in university of Abuja got the wind that the University administration led by the Vice Chancellor are planning seriously to conduct another council election, which we know is not in accordance with the law.

“Internal council members were elected for a tenure of four years and they have not exhausted the four years and because of what the University administration is doing, the members went to court to seek interpretation and ASUU being a union of intellectuals, we come to be in solidarity with our members because we respect the rule of law and want them to pursue it.”

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1.2m Students to Benefit from First Phase of Education Loan – First Lady

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The First Lady, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu says no fewer than 1.2 million students will benefit from the first phase of the students education loan scheme which commenced on May 24.

Mrs Tinubu disclosed this in the State House on Sunday during the Nigerian Youth Celebration, with the theme “Becoming: Pathway to Success.

Reports says that the event was in commemoration of the first year anniversary of President Tinubu administration.

“It is noteworthy that the administration of President Tinubu, has been exceptionally youth friendly.

“The administration has demonstrated commitment to youth inclusion in empowerment and governance.

“This is evident in the unprecedented appointment of young leaders as Ministers, heads of agencies and parastatals, as well as the full implementation of the Students Loan Scheme,” she said.

Mrs Tinubu expressed her commitment to supporting and encouraging the youths, particularly through her Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI).

She said the RHI is geared towards complementing the efforts of Mr President, in the areas of education, agriculture, social investment and economic empowerment.”

The first lady further assured the youths that the current administration would do its best in making Nigerians happy.

“We will continue to do our best to provide an enabling environment to foster and support the youth as active participants in national development and in re-writing Nigeria’s story for good.

“I urge you to keep believing in Nigeria. By the  grace of God, we will witness the rebirth of a new nation that will take its rightful place among the comity of Nations,” she said.

Mrs Tinubu charged panel of discussants at the event to offer their wealth of experiences in guiding participants in the right way.

Reports says the panelists include, Mr Tunde Onakoya, a Nigerian chess player and coach, holding the Guinness World Records for the longest marathon chess game.

Another participant is, 2nd Lt. Oluchukwu Owowoh, who shattered barriers and soared to become the first Nigerian woman commissioned from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, was also among the panelists.

“Not only did you make history, but you also emerged as the most outstanding cadet among your peers, you are an inspiration to so many young girls.

“I  commend our budding fashion designer, Hauwa, whose creativity and passion shines through.

“I also commend Iyinoluwa, who has contributed to African innovation and investment landscape as well as other tech gurus and innovators, whose efforts continue to shape our country and the continent for good,” she said.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Dr Jamila Ibrahim, commended the first lady for organising the programme. (NAN)

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NELFUND Opens Portal for 1st Phase of Students Loan Application

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The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has opened the application portal for the first phase of the student loan scheme, for students from federal institutions across the country.

The loan website which became active in the early hour of Friday had the scheme’s pilot phase opened to students of federal tertiary institutions.

The Media and Public Relations Lead of NELFUND, Mr Nasir Ayitogo, listed the step by step application for the loan.

Ayitogo listed the procedures as:

CREATING AN ACCOUNT

Step 1: visit www.nelf.gov.ng

Step 2: Click on the “Apply Now”

Step 3: Click on “Get Started”

Step 4: Answer the questions on this page to continue by clicking on “Yes, I am a Nigerian” 

Step 5: Verify your educational information.

You would be required to select your school from a dropdown and provide your matric number to check if your school has uploaded your details. 

Step 6: Click the “Verify with JAMB” and enter your JAMB details in the screen.

(Students whose NIN has not been registered with JAMB will have an input field where they can enter their NIN for validation.)

Step 7: Create an account by entering your Email address, Password and Confirm Password in the fields provided and click “Create Account”.

Step 8: Click the email verification link sent to your email.

This concludes the process of creating an account.

HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE :

After successful registration, log in by clicking the “LOGIN” button.

Step 1: Enter your email address and password to Login.

Step 2: Click on the “Proceed to Contact Details” button.

Step 3: Update contact details with the current information of your Phone Number, Full Residential Address, State of Residence and Local Government Area of Residence and click “Proceed to Educational Details”.

Step 4: Update your educational details by selecting your Higher Institution and inputting your Matric Number, then click “Proceed to Account Details”

Step 5: Verify your BVN by entering your BVN, select your Bank Name and enter your Account Number. Click “Save Changes” to complete your profile.

LOAN APPLICATION 

Step 1: Click on the “Request for Student Loan” button at the top right of the screen on the home or loans page after logging into the application.

Step 2: If you want an upkeep loan, click the check box, and click Continue, if all you need is the institutional charge, click the “Continue” button.

Step 3: Upload supporting documents. The admission letter is compulsory which the Student ID and Institution Invoice are optional.

Click the checkbox for the policy and declaration and click “Continue”

Step 4: Read the loan overview and click the check boxes for both the Terms & Conditions and GSI Mandate then click “Submit Application”

Step 5: Click on the “Loans” button to view the status of your application.

Reports says that President Bola Tinubu enacted an initial version of the student loan policy in June 2023 to grant interest-free loans to students.

The scheme, which was supposed to have taken off in October 2023, was deferred until a re-enactment in April 2024.

However, NELFUND finally scheduled the opening of the loan application and issuance portal for May 24, which is now in operation. (NAN)

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