*Vows To Prosecute Any Officer Linked With Fraud
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said it has uncovered another case of fraud involving sales of scratch cards and some of its officials who it alleged have been misappropriating unds belonging to the Board.
JAMB said the case of a sales clerk who reported that a snake embezzled the sum of N36 million was one of numerous cases of misappropriation in the state offices of the Board.
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JAMB said one of the fresh cases of fraud involved an officer who it said failed to give account of monies realized from the sales of similar scratch cards but rather claimed that he was on his way to Abuja from his state office to return unsold scratch cards.
It said the officer later claimed to be involved got involved in a car crash and while car was burnt with the cards along with.
It said the JAMB management was working assiduously to arrest and hand over to the appropriate quarters, this “alleged snake” that swallowed governments’ N36 million and a host of others still in our system.
JAMB made this known in a statement signed by its spokesman, Dr Benjamin Fabian who stressed that the Board was not resting on its oars to bring to book the its sales clerk in Benue who alleged that a snake swallowed N36 million of proceeds from scratch cards.
The Statement read;
On the snake issue, the Board maintain that there is no hiding place for any form of crime to thrive in the running of the Board’s activities.
The Board will deploy all available resources to arrest and prosecute any one found undermining the integrity of the Board, irrespective of who is involved.
Recall that the Prof.Ishaq Oloyede led management had on assumption of duty embarked on a tour of the Board’s state offices to ascertain their actual financial standing and their general operations.
Some of the reforms introduced by Oloyede when he assumed office in 2016 included the decision to end the use of scratch cards, replacing it with more efficient and effective modes of ePpin vending.
The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates before now, purchased scratch cards from our offices nationwide and designated centres to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or other essential services.
It is in the process of the routine audit and other checks of state offices’ accounts and activities that an official in charge of revenue collection in the Benue State office of the Board was found wanting in her inability to give an accurate account of the proceeds realized from the sales of the cards.
We are not going to take lightly our fight against corruption no matter who is involved
The Board is ready to arrest and prosecute any officer offering this alleged mysterious snake story as an alibi of how the money disappeared, just as we are going to bring to book any of our officers or stakeholders who is caught in any activities not in line with the Board’s policies.
The Board will monitor with careful scrutiny, how entrusted staff handles government funds, as well as block all leakages and loop holes.
.The Board would not leave any stone unturned in its fight to stamp out corruption in its activities.
The fight against corruption by the Board was given a boost by the recent visit by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) Mr Ibrahim Magu.
Given the kind of commendation by Magu and the confidence reposed in the management of the Oloyede led Board, we would have no option than to continue to do more.
In JAMB, we have nothing to hide. We run an open door system where the public must have an unfettered access to information, be it positive or negative, whether in the present or past.
In another development, JAMB said it has drawn curtain on the sale of 2018 UTME application form.
It said, candidates who paid and obtained e-Pins and are holding such ePins would be allowed to quickly within 24hrs complete their registration.
JAMB made this known in a statement signed by its spokesman, Dr Fabian Benjamen who stressed that those who should proceed to complete their registration are those who initiated the registration process and procured the registration ePins but could not register at any accredited CBT Center for one reason or the other.