Suspend actions on Mmesoma over alleged forgery, Reps tell JAMB
The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved that the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB) should desist from any further action on the alleged manipulation of the Unified Tartary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result by Miss Ejikeme Mmesoma.
The House said should this be pending the outcome of its investigation of the matter.
It also called on JAMB to lift the sanction of barring the student from participating in the examination for three years.
It also set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the alleged manipulation and report back in three weeks.
The House also resolved to probe JAMB facilities with a view to averting such a situation in the future.
It also called for independent examiners to examine the girl’s script to determine her score.
The House expanded the scope of the committee to probe the issue of special centres for examinations in the country.
These followed the adoption of a motion on a Call to Investigate the alleged manipulation of the Unified Tartary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB) by Miss Ejikeme Mmesoma sponsored by Hon. Awaji-Inombek D. Abiante.
The House said it was aware that Miss Ejikeme Mmesoma of Anglican Girls Secondary School, Nnewi, Anambra State sat for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations and scored 362.
The House also said it was aware on July 2, 2023 JAMB, Head of Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr. Fabian Benjamin made a public pronouncement accusing Miss Ejikeme Mmesoma of manipulating her UTME results that she actually scored 249 instead of 362 as claimed.
The House noted the girl had been a brilliant child all through her nursery and tertiary education, coming first in all the examinations she has taken before the UTME, hence she posited that she is not capable of manipulating her UTME result.
The House said it was cognizant of the fact that uploading or downloading results of examinations or polls electronically, in Nigeria, glitches can occur at any time, hence the need to establish the facts before any blames
It was worried that Dr. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB Head of Public Affairs and Protocol alleged that some of the 2023 UTME Candidates are parading fake scores in order to get undue advantage from the public, hence the need to investigate the allegation.
It also noted that graduating Secondary School leavers and others with prerequisite WAEC, NECO and other qualifying results apply to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) through the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) every year to gain admission into Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
The House further noted that students who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) are expected to log into the JAMB portal to check their results once released by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.