JAMB, EFCC, Partner To Fight Against Corruption
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed readiness to support the anti-corruption war of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC). This resolve was made known by JAMB’S Registrar, professor Is-haq Oloyede, when receiving the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, in Abuja on Thursday.
According to Oloyede, the board will partner the anti-corruption commission by fighting against all forms of examination malpractices and corruption across tertiary institutions in the country.JAMB) says it will collaborate effectively with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in the fight against corruption.
He said, “we currently have in our custody some people who break into our Virtual Private Network. They are creating very-small-aperture terminal in Osogbo and Ilesha, Osun State, and broadcasting across the country.”
“These people are young boys and girls. They are only concerned about the money they get and not about the effects of their corrupt practices.
“We would cooperate with the EFCC in fighting corruption in the form of examination malpractices. We as a body have resolved not to partake in any form of corruption and I also would appeal to all Nigerians to put whatever grievances against the leadership of the EFCC aside and join the commission to fight corruption.”
“Let us appreciate what the Commission is doing; I commend their dedication; it is a risky job of which one must be ready to face the consequences that may follow, especially in a society where corruption is endemic.”
“Whatever is wrong is indeed corruption and we must fight against it.”
“He also cautioned public servants to ensure they work diligently while pushing aside any form of wrongdoing that could “land them in jail.”
The Registrar further disclosed that the board was already working in partnership with other security agencies in order to check security breach in its operations.
The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, while discussing earlier praised the Oloyede-led leadership of JAMB on its fight against examination malpractice, which he disclosed that it was a part of the fight against corruption.
According to him, the EFCC has discovered areas to work with the education examination board in its fight against the social ill. He pledged not to spare any vice-chancellor found culpable in the investigations into an alleged N5.77million furniture allowance.
He said, “We can cooperate with JAMB to fight corruption in many areas including the issue of examination malpractices. This is part of the reasons for this visit.
“It is too early for me to comment on this issue (whether we are beaming our searchlight on past JAMB registrars). But we are working on it. On the vice-chancellors, we will not spare anybody,” he vowed.
He further asked every Nigerian to join in the fight against corruption which has become “a disaster in the society” while also calling on the media to embark on more sensitization against the menace.
In the same vein too, the Director, Test Administration of JAMB, Dr. Yusuf Lawal, stated that the examination board would do everything in its capacity to curb the corruption that emanates and affects the Nigerian educational system.
He said: “The issue of corruption emanates from examination malpractice and we would ensure that sensitisation begins at this stage.”
He further thanked the EFCC for recognizing the board’s efforts to sanitize the system in order for Nigerians to gain a smooth process of admissions into various tertiary institutions.