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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Tuesday, expressed concerns about tertiary institutions awarding false certificates to people who did not merit them.
JAMB also blamed some of the institutions of conniving with some people to destroy the education sector.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made this known at the 2021 Batch B pre-mobilisation workshop planned by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with the theme, ‘Sustainable Mobilisation Process: The role of stakeholders,’ and attended by representatives of tertiary institutions.
At the occasion, the Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, disclosed that the management would apply sanctions on errant institutions and officials who made an attempt to compromise the mobilisation process.
Similarly, Oloyede, stated, “There are many ways that corps members and their collaborators take towards corrupting the system. The more you stay long in this system, the more shocked you are likely to become.
“Many institutions still engage in mobilising or awarding certificates to people who didn’t attend their institutions. You are in a position to know because you run the Interim Joint Matriculation Board and others.
“How many of these students are actually your students? Go on the streets of Nigeria, you will see IJMB coaching. These candidates are not supposed to be attending roadside coaching. They are supposed to be in your institution.
“Even yesterday (Monday), I got some information that I became dumbfounded, almost losing hope that there is nothing we can do. One gentleman came to me. He said, ‘all this authentication that you are doing, you are just speaking English.
“People who are making cool money are making it and they are destroying the education system.’ I asked him to give me an example. And he told me that there is what they call Familiar Name, that all you need to do is to walk to a corrupt officer in any of our examination bodies and when you go there, you say a familiar name.
“If your name is John Bello, they will tell them (exam officer) and they will look for a John Bello, who has written their examination before and simply give a copy of the certificate to you and you will take it, and when you write to that examination body giving that photocopy, they will take it and say it is authentic. Whereas it is in the wrong man’s hand.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Alhaji Muhammad Bello, represented at the workshop by the Secretary, Development Secretariat, Dr Kelvin Ogbonna, assured support for the NYSC in its efforts to prevent unqualified graduates into the process of mobilisation.
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