- Prof Itse Sagay has visited the JAMB HQ, and asked for clarification over the N36 million reportedly swallowed by a snake
- Sagay also congratulated the board’s registrar over recent remittances to the federal government, and sought to find out areas of challenge he may be having
- The JAMB registrar lamented over the fact that serious issues were now being trivialized
- He assured the committee that he was working hard to maintain the credibility of the board
Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, has sought clarification from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), over the alleged N36 million cash of the board said to be swallowed by a snake, Tribune reports.
Sagay sought the clarification as the committee visited the JAMB headquarters on Wednesday, April 11.
NAIJ.com gathers that Sagay also commended the JAMB registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, over what he described as the board’s “geometric increase” in remittance to the coffers of the federal government.
JAMB had previously explained that the alleged fraud was committed before Oloyede’s administration. According to the board, it had been discovered when the registrar embarked on a tour of the board’s state office at the inception of his tenure, to find out their actual financial standing.
The huge financial discrepancies had caused the registrar to introduce reforms; including ending the use of scratch cards.
Commending Oloyede for his integrity, Sagay stated: “We also wish to congratulate you for what I will call the geometric increase in remittance to the federal government of Nigeria.
“We are not surprised. You have a name that has gone before you and we know that nowhere will you be operating in which there will not be events which will show that you have maintained your outstanding character and integrity.
“We are here basically to learn more about JAMB. What are your problems, what are your challenges and also to offer our help if required in any respect within our competence?
“We are also curious about some other things; for example, as I said, what challenges do you still have? I remember in some time past, it used to be commonly believed that if you do JAMB examination, a different result would be prepared for you and score high marks; and you go to the university, only to underperform. We want to know if this problem has been eliminated.
“Also, we read recently of some members of staff of JAMB at a lower level who accumulated a lot of cash and did not properly account for it, leading them to make very absurd defences, which has created a lot of fun nationwide."
Sagay added that the committee wanted to know the steps that are being taken by the board to ensure that monies realised are now maintained in a guaranteed fashion that people do not have the opportunity to abuse it. He also asked what issues are militating against the JAMB system and what his committee can do to help promote the excellent work that the board is doing.
In response, Prof Oloyede lamented over the fact that serious issues were now being trivialized, especially the “crazy talk” about a snake swallowing JAMB money. He stated that since taking over, he had worked hard to maintain the board’s credibility and reliability.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that following the missing N36 million from the office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, its registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, slammed Nigerians that had been making jokes with it.
Philomena Chieshe, a sales clerk in JAMB office, Makurdi, had claimed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen to "spiritually" swallow N36 million from the vault in her office.
During interrogation by a team of auditors, she claimed that Asen and her accomplices confessed that they had been stealing the money spiritually through a mysterious snake that always sneaked to swallow the money from the vault.
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