JAMB welcomes Senate probe of alleged admission racketeering

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has welcomed the decision of the Senate to probe alleged admission racketeering in universities, noting that the exam body will be vindicated of all allegations.

Recall that the Senate had on Wednesday agreed to investigate allegations of admission racketeering in the nation’s universities.

The development followed a motion moved by Senator Onyeka Nwebonyi representing Ebonyi North in the Senate.

Nwebonyi, who cited the admission trials of one Chinyere Ekwe at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), alleged that university staff members conspired with JAMB officials to carry out unwholesome practices.

This prompted the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, to call for a fair hearing, saying JAMB was known to be a reputable institution.

Reacting to the development during this year’s Customer Service Week of the Board in Abuja, JAMB’s Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, commended the Senate for giving an opportunity to the exam body to defend itself over the issue.

He said, “Something happened in the Senate when a motion was moved to take certain steps about what was alleged to be connivance between JAMB and some institutions on admission racketeering and that was on the floor of the Senate.

“But anything that appears negative also has a positive in it. The Senate President said JAMB must be heard because JAMB has integrity. I want all of us to appreciate the Senate President in particular and the entire Senate for the wise counsel. We thank them sincerely and we say thank you for giving us the opportunity to be heard.”