The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has accused the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), of engaging in admission racketeering.
JAMB welcomed the Senate’s decision to investigate the alleged admission irregularities, emphasizing its confidence in being vindicated.
Following a motion by Senator Onyeka Nwebonyi (Ebonyi North), the Senate agreed to probe admission racketeering in universities, prompted by the admission challenges faced by a candidate at UNN. It was alleged that university staff colluded with JAMB officials in unethical practices.
JAMB’s Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, commended the Senate for providing an opportunity for the examination body to defend itself. He clarified that the affected candidate scored 291 in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and applied for Medicine and Surgery at UNN.
Oloyede revealed that the candidate was ranked 241st for the medical program, considering her academic performances and post-UTME score. Despite not changing her course preference, the university reportedly recommended her for Medical Laboratory and admitted her under undisclosed admission, which JAMB’s CAPS system detected as irregular.
The JAMB boss highlighted the university’s failure to follow proper admission procedures and expressed readiness to cooperate with the Senate’s investigation. He reassured the public that JAMB and its staff would be vindicated, emphasizing the organization’s commitment to fairness and equity in admissions.
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