Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede has revealed that five persons have been sentenced to various prison terms for selling fake forms to unsuspecting candidates.
He said JAMB had embarked on massive prosecution of individuals and syndicates engaged in the sales of fake forms to let them know that it was not going to be “business as usual.”
Oloyede, who spoke at the 2017 Nigerian Academy of Letters Annual Lecture on Thursday in Abuja, said there was delay in the sales of the forms due to logistics.
He said the board would begin sales of forms once the board had finished sanitizing the system.
Oloyede said: “We have observed that people are selling fake forms but what we are doing is to try to sanitize the system and as soon as the sanitization is done we will start selling the forms.
“We have arrested so many people in Abuja, Abeokuta, Ado Ekiti, Port Harcourt, Yenegoa, almost everywhere. You know bad people are evenly distributed in Nigeria.
“We are prosecuting and some are in courts and in the last three months we have secured about five convictions, people who are sentenced; some to imprisonment, some to fine but what is important is that they will now know is not going to be business as usual.
“We need to reassure stakeholders that those selling fake forms are gone. We are not going to sell out forms through the other process.
“We will start the sale of the form and by May the examination will be conducted.”
He said JAMB has invited other examination bodies to harmonize its timetable to ensure that the examinations do not clash.
“In any case, JAMB has invited other examination bodies, there will be no clash but we want to hold the exams when it is appropriate.
“You also know that if we conduct the examination in March, the result will come out almost immediately but the result cannot be used until August or September.
“So, we have to keep the results and that will give room for people to be thinking it’s possible to upgrade.
“But, if we conduct our examination very close to when the result is needed the possibility or perceptions for upgrading will not be there.
Oloyede explained that there is not plan to increase the price of JAMB forms, assuring that he would be the last person to increase the burden of parents.
“That will be inhuman. If I have my way I will reduce the cost. I am a local man and I am a common man. I don’t think I will be part of anything that will increase the burden of the people. In terms of increase, forget it,” he said.
In his remarks, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Abubakar Rasheed, said the NUC would set up a committee to rank the various universities in the country.
Rasheed, who said the commission had not ranked any university in the past 15 years, dismissed the various rankings of universities making round in the country.
“NUC has not ranked universities for the past 15 years, all what they are saying about ranking of universities are not correct,” Prof. Rasheed said.
The NUC boss said the NAL annual lecture would go a long way in improving the Nigerian University System.
In his earlier remarks,the guest speaker and Vice Chancellor, Kwara State University, Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, called for emphasis on programmes in humanities to bring about the desired development in the country.
. Na’Allah, who spoke on the theme, “The Humanities in (Nigerian) Higher Education and National Development”, said the present situation where preference is given to science students to the detriment of those in humanities must be discouraged.
“Government must immediately remove the 40 per cent to 60 per cent humanities to science and technology barrier in admission into our conventional universities.
“Teaching oral literature or traditions will enable our scientists, such as medical doctors and engineers, to have the probity and other moral and ethical values that will make them practice their professions with a greater sense of responsibility,” Na’Allah, said.