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Mmesoma: JAMB Bars Candidate for 3 Years, Insists Result is Fake

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has reiterated that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result being paraded by Miss Ejikeme Mmesoma ”is patently fake.”

It has also  barred Mmesoma from sitting for its examination for the next three years.

The board made this known in a statement, signed by Dr Fabian Benjamin, Acting Director, Public Affairs and Protocol on Tuesday in Abuja.

” In the meantime, the management of the board, after considering the weighty infraction committed by Ms.

Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma, in line with it’s established procedures, has withdrawn her 2023 UTME result.

” It has also barred her from sitting for the board’s examination for the next three years.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the board had on Sunday, withdrawn the UTME result of the candidate while accusing the candidate for allegedly manipulating and falsifying her scores.

However, the candidate, had on Monday in a new viral video, denied manipulating her result while saying that there might have been a possible technical malfunction from the board’s system.

Mmesoma insisted that what she has, was original print out from the boards portal.

JAMB said: ” Consequently, the board would like to reassure Nigerians that its system was neither tampered with nor compromised.

” The candidate simply falsified a copy of a result slip of a candidate named Asimiyu Mariam Omobolanle, who sat the UTME in 2021 and scored 138.

” It is also instructive to note that the candidate, in her statement, has inadvertently revealed the rightful owner of the result she is parading.

” This she did, when she pointed out that the QR code on the result slip showed the actual owner of the said result before she peddled a lie in an attempt to obfuscate the truth.

” To witness the unassailable position of the board regarding this obvious falsehood, the general public is, therefore, urged to endeavour to scan the QR code on the result slip to see its actual owner before it was mutilated.

” It is to be noted that the QR code encapsulates the UTME result of each candidate, hence, what is on the result sheet is nothing other than the interpretation of the information on this QR code.” 

The board further explained that it stopped issuing Notification of Result slips in 2021.

This, JAMB said was for the same reason, that candidates kept falsifying their results through the slips.

JAMB said it has been issuing actual UTME RESULT Slips (not notification of results ) since 2022, complete with the photograph of each candidate.

“Similarly, the public is also invited to ponder on the fact that out of all the candidates that sat the 2023 UTME, only Ms. Ejikeme Mmesoma parades the obsolete ‘Notification of Result.’

JAMB said that it has remained unperturbed by the unfortunate development as this was not the first time such fraudulent claims had been made.

It said: ” This case has therefore, been rightly handed over to relevant security agencies for thorough investigation to unravel the masterminds of yet another unfortunate scam.

” The board is not averse to public scrutiny and hereby suggests a public session with relevant security agencies, representatives of Ms. Ejikeme and civil society organizations in attendance without delay.

” This is on account of the board’s experience over the years, which showed that these wily candidates confessed to their ignoble acts only when confronted with incontestable facts.”

The board said that the candidate was set to be honored by the Anambra State Government when one of its top officials called the attention of the board to confirm her claim.

It further disclosed that the call prompted the board to verify and reveal that Mmesoma had actually scored 249 and not 362, as she claimed, to fraudulently obtain scholarship and other recognitions. ( NAN)

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TETFund to Upgrade NOUN Study Centres with Fibre Optics

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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) will upgrade all the study centres of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) with fibre optics to transmit information and data with the speed of light.

The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters, said this during a pre-convocation news conference on Monday, ahead of its 13th convocation slated for April 13, in Abuja.

Fiber optics, or optical fiber, refers to the technology that transmits information as light pulses along a glass or plastic fiber.

Peters said the rate of technology advancement at NOUN attracted the offer from TETFund.

“Right now, our academics all over the faculties and departments have video components to assist our students and we deploy this with ease.

“And because of the manner we deploy technology, TETFund has offered to assist us with fibre optics in all our study centres across the country.

“It is a testimony to where we are in terms of technology,” Peters said.

He said that a lot of Nigerians were yet to understand how the university operates in spite of its years of existence in the country.

Peters noted that the institution had brought development to many towns and villages where the university had its study centres.

“The forthcoming convocation would be an opportunity to showcase what the institution can do with technology,” he said.

Peters said that 22,175 students in various disciplines across the country would be graduating on April 13.

He said the graduating students would join the convocation via technology from its 120 study centres across the country.

“Of this number, 15,768 are undergraduate degrees, while 6,407 are for postgraduate degrees, with the Faculty of Social Sciences producing the highest number of graduates.

“Twenty-two of these students are first class, 2,362 are PGD graduates, while 41 are Masters and six leaving the institution as PHD holders.

“This is an indication that the school is gradually moving towards establishing a more robust post graduate school,” he said.
Peters said the interesting part of the convocation would be the conferment of an investiture on the University’s new Chancellor, His Royal Majesty, Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, with Doctorate Degree, and his installation as the Chancellor.

He said that the convocation lecture would be delivered by the Vice Chancellor of Open University of Tanzania, Prof. Elifas Bisanda, with the topic: “Is western education still relevant for Africa.”

The NOUN VC said the lecture would direct Nigeria and Africa in general to areas which would be useful to citizens.

He added that the lecture would be followed by the conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degrees on Dr Innocent Chukwuma, the Chief Executive Officer of Innoson Motors, and Hajia Hafsatu Abdulwaheed, the first female novelist in Northern Nigeria, and an eminent activist.

“Dr Chukwuma is a well-known Nigerian entrepreneur and founder of Innoson Motors, and his creativity and commitment to local content, is one of the reasons the university considered it fit to honour him.

“The second person, Hajia Hafsatu, has dedicated her works to promoting education particularly for girls, and she believes in the transformative power of literacy to uplift communities and break the circle of poverty.

“These two awardees reflect the core values of NOUN which is entrepreneur ingenuity and knowledge-based content creativity,” Peters said.

He noted that the last time the university awarded honorary degree was in 2015.(NAN)

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Northern School Proprietors, Elders’ Coalition Pass Vote of Confidence In Service Chiefs

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja 

The Conference of Northern Nigeria School Proprietors (CNNSP) and the Coalition of Nothern Elders for Peace and National Unity (CNEPNU) have respectively commended the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) over the recent rescue of 137 pupils of LEA school in Kuriga, Chikum Local Government Area of Kaduna State, saying the action demonstrated the capacity and capability of the Military to deal with threats to national security and public safety.

Consequently, both groups have passed a resounding vote of confidence in the Service Chiefs, ably led by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa.

While reiterating their continuous support for the military and other security agencies, both groups called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to disregard a statement issued by a faceless group which goes by the name Arewa Coalition Against Insecurity, asking him to sack the nation’s Service Chiefs over its imaginary escalated insecurity in the country.

Recall that the group, which prides itself as a sociocultural organisation in the North, had, in a statement by one Adamu Bature yesterday, called on President Bola Tinubu to relieve the Service Chiefs of their positions due to the alleged escalating security situation in Nigeria.

The group accused the service chiefs of incompetence and complicity in the nation’s security problems.

But reacting to the group’s claim in a joint statement on Friday, the Conference of Northern Nigeria School Proprietors, a group of proprietors of private schools at all levels in Northern Nigeria and Nothern Elders for Peace and National Unity, a forum of elders in the region, dismissed the so-called Arewa group’s claim even as they described the group as a non existing one in the area.

To this end, they have told President Bola Tinubu and the nation’s Service Chiefs to disregard the statement, insisting that no such group was operational in Northern Nigeria.

Dr Hassan Ibrahim Funtua signed the joint statement for the Conference of Northern Nigeria School Proprietors, consisting of over 300 private schools in northern Nigeria and 

Prof Abdulkadir Mohammed, who signed on behalf of the Coalition of Nothern Elders for Peace and National Unity as its National Coordinator.

While the proprietors’ group is made up of over 300 school owners from the Northern region of the country, the elder’s conference comprises at least 50 respected men and women whose interest is the safety of schoolchildren in the zone, as well as the offering of maximum support to government and her various institutions, especially military and security agencies.

They challenged the Arewa group to come forward with proof that the government allegedly paid N1 billion as ransom for the release of the abducted pupils.

This was as they further challenged the organisation, described as “faceless”, to a live television debate on their “baseless and desperate” allegation of conspiracy on the part of Service Chiefs.

“It is with a deep sense of patriotism that we, the Conference of Northern Nigeria School Proprietors (CNNSP) and the Coalition of Nothern Elders for Peace and National Unity (CNEPNU), issue this statement to pass a vote of confidence in our Service Chiefs, ably led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General CG Musa.

“We are aware of the rot that these service chiefs inherited upon their respective appointments by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has demonstrated the readiness to return Nigeria to the path of peace, order and good governance.

“A juxtaposition of the security situation in the country, before the appointment of the subsisting Military High Command and now, shows a significant improvement in the nation’s security architecture, with a corresponding impact on the security situation.

“That is why we view as appalling, distasteful, irresponsible, and reckless the statement purported to have been issued by a faceless group that calls itself Arewa…

“We, therefore, call on President Tinubu to disregard and ignore in its entirety the false claims made in the release, which was poorly researched and hurriedly signed, thereby confirming our position that the so-called Arewa group was procured by desperate elements seeking to undermine the government.

“Their allegation of conspiracy against the Service Chiefs is a smokescreen which, when cleared and deconstructed, will reveal President Tinubu and his Administration as the target of their venom.

“Aware of the high concentration of schools in the North, coupled with the difficult-to-access nature of some of them, we call on the authorities to firm up security arrangements around our schools by deploying more personnel.

“Conscious also of the workforce gaps in the military and other security agencies, we urge the government to undertake systematic and aggressive recruitment exercises to adequately secure vulnerable entities such as schools, internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, and worship centres.

“We insist that this Arewa group is a platform which donates itself to be used by failed politicians and interest to discredit the noble intentions and efforts of the Tinubu-led administration.

“Considering the abysmal publicity which attended the release, we are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the group is of no consequential value and, hence, should be ignored by well-meaning, patriotic Nigerians.

“As responsible parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, we encourage our children in the North to resist the temptation of being used as cannon-fodders by those who have political scores to settle with our leaders, who are working tirelessly to better our lot as citizens of this great nation.

“Once again, we hail our Service Chiefs and our gallant and ever-combat-ready troops for rescuing our children unhurt, and we want to place it on record that this is the best and most competent set of Service Chiefs that the nation has been blessed with in recent time”, the coalition said.

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ASUP BenPoly, Idoma Group Appeal to Alia Reverse Removal of Rector

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From Attah Ede 

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo Chapter and the Concerned Idoma Senior Staff Association of the institution, have appealed to Governor Hyacinth Alia to reverse the recent removal of Dr. Nathaniel Oche as the Rector of the polytechnic.

 

Dr. Oche who was appointed Rector of the institution in May 25, 2023 for a five year tenure was recently removed from office by the present administration.

 

Addressing the media Wednesday in Makurdi on the the issue, after its Congress, the Chairman of ASUP Benue Polytechnic chapter, Comrade David Owuna recalled how the institution was ran in Acting capacity for 18 months contrary to the provisions of the law, before the appointment of Dr.

Oche, the first indigenous Rector of the institution last May. 

The union maintained that Dr. Oche had done exceptionally well within the short period he ran the institution and had taken right decisions and made appropriate appoints that had created industrial harmony in the institution hence the resolve of the union to call for the reversal of his sack. 

The union noted that “in his brief stay in office so far as the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Oche has succeeded in bringing about relative peace both within and outside the campus. He has also been very liberal in the appointments of staff, a situation that had eluded the polytechnic for about two decades. 

“His coming as Rector has greatly unified staff of the school with respect to harmonious working relationship; and with these, a new phase of relative developments is gradually being entrenched in the polytechnic, only now to hear of his removal from office tied to the report of a visitation panel believed to be false.” 

The union also expressed surprise that the appointments of Deputy Rectors, Administration and Academics and other appointments made by the Rector that were denied the polytechnic in the past were also reversed by the Commissioner of Education for unexplained reasons. 

“This therefore, is the crux of the matter, and it is totally unacceptable to members. In view of the above, and given that if there was any misdeeds by the Rector he has not been given any fair hearing; the union hereby appeal to the Govemor and the Visitor to the Polytechnic to kindly re-consider his decision concerning the removal of Dr. Nathaniel Oche as the Rector of Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo for industrial harmony and peaceful coexistence.” 

Also, the Concerned Idoma Senior Staff Association of the institution at the briefing through its Chairman, Jude Eza noted that the Rector was appointed legally but “the termination of his appointment did not follow due process since he was not given fair hearing in line with part X I, section 45 of the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo Law Cap 160 of Benue State , 2004. 

“The visitation panel was set up by the State Government to look at affairs of the Polytechnic from the year 2016-2023, the period within which the Rector was barely three months in office. And so when was the Panel report submitted and white paper released to warrant the recommendation to terminate the Rector’s appointment.” 

The Association appealed to the Governor and visitor of the Polytechnic to “kindly reverse the termination of the appointment of the Rector for the continuous smooth running of the Polytechnic.”

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