Reps ask JAMB to reconsider the 3-year-ban on Mmesoma

Leah TwakiMay 15, 20243 min

The ad-hoc Committee investigating the alleged manipulation of UTME results by Mmesoma has recommended that JAMB reconsider the three-year-ban on her. 

Reps to task JAMB to reconsider the 3 years ban on Mmesoma

The House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee investigating the alleged manipulation of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result by Mmesoma Ejikeme, has mandated the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to soften the three-year ban placed on her.

Rep. Soli Sada who chaired the Committee revealed this on Wednesday while defending the report before the House.

OrderPaper recalls that JAMB had accused Miss Ejikeme of manipulating her UTME results by inflating her score from 249 to 362.

However, the candidate insisted that the 362 was the score she received both on the JAMB website and in the SMS sent to her by the board before finally confessing to altering her result.

JAMB however barred Mmesoma from taking the board’s examinations for three years.

The House of Representatives, upon intervention, set up an ad-hoc Committee to investigate the examination body and avert future occurrences.

Presenting the report of the investigation today, Rep Sada stated that JAMB should soften the three-year ban on Mmesoma to allow her to further her education.

He said “JAMB should reconsider the three-year ban placed on Miss Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma considering the possible negative impact the ban may have on her career and life so as not to destroy her future prospects given the fact that she is a first offender and appeared remorseful.

“Miss Mmesoma Joy Ejikeme should cooperate with JAMB to ensure that all those who conspired with her are identified also the Ad-hoc Committee further urged JAMB to continue to interact with Miss Ejikeme Mmesoma to unearth those behind the manipulation, especially those who connived with her to distort people’s perception of reality.

“Members of the public should always verify results through the issuing authorities when in doubt of what is presented to them by candidates seeking patronage of any kind.

“JAMB should be commended for its watertight examination processes and procedures, transparency, innovations and record-keeping system, which makes it possible to retrieve unmutilated transactions with candidates at short notice.

“The system adopted by JAMB, whereby candidates do not present their results directly to their chosen institutions but rely only on the results JAMB had earlier sent to the institutions, is commendable and should be emulated by employers of labour to reduce falsification of results.

“JAMB should engage in more public awareness, enlightenment, sensitisation and educate members of the public on its procedures and activities, which the Committee finds very assuring and of high ethical standard, to clear any perceived negative perception about the institution.

“The House of Representatives should support and strengthen such Institutions like JAMB through appropriation to improve their capacity to continue to provide quality services to Nigerians.”

Leah Twaki

A Chemistry graduate, excels as a social media manager, digital journalist, and content creator with an interdisciplinary skills blend of science and communication.

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