The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it would henceforth take stringent measures against any institution or candidate found to have breached the nation’s admissions code of operation. These measures would include prosecuting offenders by security agencies once a prima facie case is established against them.
This was part of the resolutions of the Management of the Board as it deliberated on the imperative of ridding the admission process of unwholesome practices, according to an information contained in the latest edition of JAMBulletin
The weekly publication of the Office of JAMB Registrar reported that the Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, while elaborating on measures put in place by the Board to curb admission infractions, informed members of Management that though CAPS had made the admission process transparent, fair and equitable, some stakeholders are working hard to circumvent the system.
He disclosed that the Board, as a body with zero tolerance for corrupt acts, would not fold its arms and allow some unscrupulous elements to drag the Board back. Prof Oloyede said for the gains of the CAPS initiative not to be eroded and to ensure that there are consequences for flouting the government’s directive on complying with CAPS, the Board has concluded all arrangements with relevant security agencies to prosecute any stakeholder candidate or admission officer.
The Registrar also pointed out that some of the infractions observed especially by institutions included the total jettisoning of CAPS, coercing high-scoring candidates to opt for other programmes to give room for their favoured but low-scoring candidates and offline admissions.
The Registrar said these acts are criminal, wicked and unacceptable declaring that henceforth those found aiding and abetting admission irregularities would be liable for prosecution by the anti-graft agency. He said, “There should be no debate about merit. Merit is merit and it is not negotiable. High-scoring candidates ought to be admitted first.’