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JAMB slams 3-year ban on Mmesoma over Fake UTME Result

The Board has provided a detailed explanation of how the embattled candidate from Anambra state was helped to manipulate the result, insisting it was a weighty infraction that could not be overlooked.

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board have banned Ms Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma, from sitting the Board’s examination for the next three years over alleged forgery of her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result.

The Board has provided a detailed explanation of how the embattled candidate from Anambra state was helped to manipulate the result, insisting it was a weighty infraction that could not be overlooked.

Acting Director, Public Affairs and Protocol of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin who announced the ban in a statement in Abuja, said this was in addition to the withdrawal of her 2023 UTME result.

He said: “The management of the Board, after considering the weighty infraction committed by Ms Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma, and in line with its established procedures, has withdrawn her 2023 UTME result and also barred her from sitting the Board’s examination for the next three years”.

Mmesoma, who claimed to have scored 362 in the 2023 UTME, was recently celebrated and awarded a N3 million scholarship by Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman of Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing Company.

JAMB had however on Sunday issued a statement to refute the claims, saying that the result being paraded by Mmesoma making her the highest scorer in the 2023 UTME was manipulated and that her actual score was 249.

Benjamin while giving further insight on how the result was forged, said the Board believes the candidate might have some sponsors or managers who helped her to manipulate the result the way she did.

He disclosed that the board was able to identify the fake result with the help of a security device called a QR code scan.

He said: “I think the public is getting this thing wrong. There is nothing wrong with our system. What happened is that the version of the result the candidate has with her has been manipulated

“This particular candidate, there was news all over that she was honoured with N3 million and the Anambra State government was also trying to receive and honour her also.

“We had announced the highest scorer for the year 2023 which incidentally happens to come from Anambra state and when we got the information that somebody is laying claim to 362, we went into our system and discovered that there was nobody with a score of 362.

“The commissioner of education from Anambra actually called and I asked her to send the result to me. For every result that is printed from our system, it comes out with a QR code. The QR code is the security device of that result.

“The first thing I did was scan the QR code. So when I scanned the QR code on her result, I discovered that the QR code belongs to a candidate who sat the examination in 2021 and that candidate scored 138, and I became curious.

“So, I went into the system with the registration number because she put the scores she obtained. I checked in the system and discovered that she scored 249 and not 362.” He also noted that she might have used graphic design to manipulate the scores.

Benjamin added that the Board was not aware of the issue until when the girl brought it into the public space, adding that she will now be penalised for it.

“Her 249 result is withdrawn and she will be banned from taking this examination in the next three years,” the JAMB spokesman said.

He maintained that the girl is not alone in the act of claiming higher scores, but that this one became very important because she displayed her registration number and a script.

He added, “For somebody to come out and say I scored 300, that is your business, but by the time you begin to show the script, carrying our logo and everything, it is at that point we need to rise up. So even if we have social media and have access to these things, we don’t rush, we do our investigation and know how it happened.

“If I tell you the level of investigation that we have conducted, we have the 55019, our USSD code. We use that 55019 to communicate with candidates during registration, examination and release of results.

“Immediately after this result was released, she checked her result, instead of sending “RESULT TO 55019, she sent a message “Post UTME to 55019 but the machine now sent her results because the phone number she is using is a unique identifier, so it sent her result which was 249.

“She now doctored that result – because that one is a text message so it’s very easy to doctor. So she doctored the results, put the marks the way she wanted and sent them back to 55019 so the code also returned her original results again.

‘So if you look at the communication, anybody can investigate. All you need to do is to pick up her Airtel phone number and ask the company to give you the information on it. At each point, she kept sending the message and it kept returning her results of 249, almost four times.

“So, she went outside the database to obtain that slip, but unfortunately, her sponsors or her managers didn’t know that there are security devices attached to each slip that is printed and the QR code is one of them. There are about seventeen of them which I wouldn’t want to mention on air.

“Unfortunately for her again, for 2023 we didn’t use the design she is holding. What she is holding is different from what we are using for 2023,” he explained.

While reacting to the insistence of Mmesoma in a video that went viral on Monday, JAMB in a statement on Tuesday. restated its earlier position that the UTME result being paraded by Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma is patently fake.

Consequently, the Board would like to reassure Nigerians that its system was neither tampered with nor compromised as 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, spokesperson of JAMB noted in the statement.

The statement read in part: “It is also instructive to note that the candidate, in her statement, has inadvertently revealed the rightful owner of the result she is parading 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.

“Furthermore, the public is also to note that the Board stopped issuing Notification of Result slips after the 2021 UTME for the simple reason that candidates were falsifying them. Consequently, the Board 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.’

“The Board remains unperturbed by this unfortunate development as this is not the first time such fraudulent claims have been made. As such, Nigerians are urged to recall numerous occasions where the Board was sued for billions of naira only for the lawyers to later apologise profusely for their clients’ misadventures.

“Prominent among these is the case of a candidate, John Chinedu Ifesinachi, who, in 2021, wrote a letter to the Board, threatening to sue for N2b damages, only for him and his counsel to tender unreserved apology when the candidate eventually confessed his crime in the face of incontrovertible facts in an open investigation observed by several national public institutions including the Public Complaints Commission, National Human Rights Commission, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council, Servicom and media houses.

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

“The Board is not averse to public scrutiny and is ready for an open public session involving the agencies listed above as well as relevant security agencies where the candidate, parent’s guardian and her legal team will be present.

“Another frightening dimension to the unfolding drama is the unwholesome interest of some nefarious elements, who to all intents and purposes, are determined to goad the candidate on this unproductive path as any casual observer would observe with the obviously stage-managed video aired by Ms Ejikeme. The Board urges these confusionists to have a rethink as their evil machinations would soon come to light.

“Again, the Board restates its readiness for genuine scrutiny as this case would not be the first time and might not even be the last of such shenanigans. At the end of the day, the truth would manifest and the Board vindicated.

“In the meantime, the management of the Board urges members of the public to examine critically the issue at hand and avoid fake news trafficking.

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President Tinubu signs student loan amendment bill into law

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A report from PUNCH NEWSPAPERS has it that President Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, passed the Student Loans (Access to Higher Education) Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill, 2024, into law.

This comes after separate considerations by both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund.

Speaking after he signed the bill, Tinubu said no Nigerian, regardless of their background, would be excluded from obtaining quality education.

“This is to ensure that no one, no matter how poor their background is, is excluded from quality education and opportunity to build their future,” said the President at the State House, Abuja.

The executive bill titled “A Bill for an Act to repeal the Students Loans (Access to Higher Education) Act, 2023 and Enact the Student Loans (Access to Higher Education) Bill, 2004 to Establish the Nigerian Education Loan Fund as a body corporate to receive, manage and invest funds to provide loans to Nigerians for higher education, vocational training and skills acquisition and for related matters” was signed in the presence of the leadership of the National Assembly, Ministers and Major Stakeholders of Education.

This followed separate considerations by both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund.

Tinubu thanked the National Assembly for considering the piece of legislation speedily, affirming that the administration is determined to increase the skill levels of Nigerians.

He said, “I have just signed a bill proclaiming the student loan effectively. First of all, I must thank members of the National Assembly for their expeditious handling of this bill considering the children of Nigeria, that education is the tool to fight against poverty effectively.

“We are determined to ensure that education is given the proper attention necessary for the country including skills development programs.

“We are here because we are all educated and were helped. In the past, we have seen a lot of our children drop out of college and give up the opportunity. That is no more, the standard and the control is there for you to apply no matter who you are as long as you are a Nigerian citizen.”

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JAMB extends Direct Entry registration to April 25

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced another extension to the Direct Entry (DE) registration for 2024, now moving the deadline to April 25th.

Initially set for March 28th and later extended to April 11th, this further extension aims to accommodate candidates facing difficulties in registering due to various challenges.

JAMB attributes the deadline shift to implementing new measures to address infractions in the DE admission process.

The board emphasizes its commitment to ensuring the integrity of the registration process and urges candidates with questionable credentials to abstain from registration venues to avoid detection and prosecution.

Fabian Benjamin, the board’s spokesperson, acknowledges the challenges faced by candidates in security screening measures and pledges to make the process more user-friendly while maintaining vigilance against fraudulent certificates.

Additionally, candidates from institutions that have not verified their certificates will still be allowed to register, but efforts to prevent the use of dubiously acquired certificates remain unchanged.

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Hardship : NAKSS, NANS laud Gov Abdulrazaq for prioritizing students’ welfare

Speaking During a Joint press Conference held in Ilorin on Wednesday, Comrade Abdulwahab Arewa, the National President of NAKSS, along with Comrade Issa Abdulgafar, his NANS counterpart, urged the governor to maintain a focus on the welfare of students, particularly during this crucial period.

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Leadership of the National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Kwara state have applauded Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for prioritizing Students Welfare amidst the current economic hardship.

Speaking During a Joint press Conference held in Ilorin on Wednesday, Comrade Abdulwahab Arewa, the National President of NAKSS, along with Comrade Issa Abdulgafar, his NANS counterpart, urged the governor to maintain a focus on the welfare of students, particularly during this crucial period.

The students’ leadership praised the governor for his proactive approach, emphasizing that improving student affairs has consistently been a top priority on his agenda.

“few days ago, the leadership of the students bodies had a meeting with His Excellency, Gov Abdulrazaq where we had an engaging discussion on issues relating to students’ welfare in the state. 

The tete-a-tee interaction availed us the opportunities to explore viable strategies and initiatives that will further assist students in the cause of navigating through this trying time.

We deemed it expedient to put before His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the various issues affecting students in the state and It gladdens our hearts to inform you all that we have got a Governor who have a strong commitment and desire to satisfy the needs of the students in due time as he has cheerfully approved most of our pressing demands, including the annual bursary payment, scholarship for law students as well as some other palliatives that are tailored towards alleviating the economic hardship on the students.

Fellow Kwara state students, we are not unaware of the country’s current economic crises and its resultant challenges. However, as good and patriotic ambassadors, our spirit must remain unbowed as things will soon turn around for better as this is only a step towards achieving economic transformation and reformation which we all crave for.

Let us remain hopeful and optimistic as the Kwara State Government, under the purposeful leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, is judiciously deploying resources at her disposal to make life easier for people, especially students in the state. Aside from the palliatives being given to students, various strategic measures have also been put in place to address the rising cost of food and other basic amenities in the state.

It’s evident that we have got a governor who has been greatly prioritizing our interest, even before the advent of this economic hardship in the country. He’s proven himself to be ahumble and proactive man who never gets tired of listening to the yearnings of the students as improvement of our affairs has always remain a topmost part of his agenda.

However, we passionately appeal to the Governor to continue to prioritize the interest of the students especially at this critical time, while we also appeal to the Governor to extend the distribution of palliatives to our vulnerable students and inclusion of private school students schooling in Kwara while disbursing students bursary.”The Student leaders said.

Conclusively, The Student leaders, urged students in the state to remain calm and hopeful in the cause of building a new nation that will be full of great opportunities for all of us to thrive, 

They cautioned them against allowing themselves to be manipulated or utilized as instruments to disrupt the peace and serenity of the state by any individual or group.

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Prof. Sulaiman gives out free JAMB to Students in Kwara 

According to a statement obtained by Sho Pen Online on Sunday, the initiative was aimed at providing the requisite opportunities and support to the good people of the state.

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A former Minister of National Planning and the Director-General, Nigerian Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, (NILDS), Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman has successfully registered 200 Students for this year’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination through a socio-economic development project tagged “The Amana Project” 

According to a statement obtained by Sho Pen Online on Sunday, the initiative was aimed at providing the requisite opportunities and support to the good people of the state.

The beneficiaries of the free Jamb cut across the 53 wards of Kwara Central Senatorial District.

In their separate remarks, Beneficiaries Expressed their profound appreciation for the kind gesture.

 

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10th Empowerment : IEYDA Pays School fees of JEO’s summer lesson students

The payment also covered outstanding students of the Just Event Online Long Holiday Summer Lesson in 2023.

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In preparation for the 10th annual empowerment program by the Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association (IEYDA), the association has successfully cleared school fees for secondary school students in Ilorin Emirate, from Primary 1 to Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3, including Payment of BECE.

The payment also covered outstanding students of the Just Event Online Long Holiday Summer Lesson in 2023.

In an interview with Just Event Online TV on Friday morning, IEYDA PRO, Alh Mohammed Uthman Jagunma, disclosed that the full empowerment program is scheduled for tomorrow at the forecourt of the Emir of Ilorin Palace.

This program targets artisans, aged, widows, young business youth, and MSMEs as major beneficiaries.

He stated that this payment of school fees signifies IEYDA’s commitment to prioritizing education, encompassing Western education, skill acquisition, and Islamic education.

Speaking further, Alh Jagunma urged well-meaning individuals and philanthropists to attend and support the program. He said 10th annual empowerment program will feature a sermon delivered by the Grand Mufti of Ilorin, Sheikh Sulaiman Faruq Onikijipa.

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Kwara Assembly Member, Maryam Aladi gives scholarships to 500 Constituents 

These beneficiaries were chosen from 45 schools in Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State. 

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The Deputy Whip and Representative for Ilorin South State Constituency, Hon. Maryam Yusuf Aladi, has granted educational scholarships to 500 students within her constituency through her foundation, MAY Foundation. 

These beneficiaries were chosen from 45 schools in Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara State. 

This initiative by the Kwara lawmaker underscores her commitment to ensuring accessible education for all. 

Students who benefited from this scholarship scheme were selected from; Fate/Basin Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, Sheikh Abdulsalam Secondary school, United Community Sec. School and Government Secondary School Oke Aluko. 

Others are; Muhyideen Arabic Junior Secondary school,Sango Junior Secondary school,Govt Girls Day Secondary school, Oke Suna, St Barnabas Junior Secondary school, St Williams Secondary School amongst others. 

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