The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has said some fraudsters, who have been arrested, defrauded many parents of candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
He said the parents were defrauded because they tried to cut corners for their children to pass the examination.
Oloyede stated that the suggestion for the board to reduce its examination fees would fail as JAMB had discovered that many parents, who were thought to be poor, were spending a lot of money to compromise the examination and secure admission through the back door.
The JAMB boss, who spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Thursday, said, “I do not think the board is convinced that those people you call the poor are genuinely poor because our findings show enormous amount spent by people in corrupting the society — what parents pay for seeking unholy support, and what parents are prepared to part with to cut corners.
“If they are poor, they will not have been able to secure the type of resources that they are wasting. Many of the people arrested had collected millions of naira from the so-called poor people.
“Reduction of examination fees is one of the options but it is not as attractive to me as it was at the beginning.”
Oloyede added that he was aware that there had been complaints that JAMB was not a revenue-generating agency for the Federal Government.
He stated that JAMB was not supposed to be funded by the government either, adding that all the money realised by it should be remitted to the Federal Government.
He promised that JAMB would continue to improve on its services, calling on its stakeholders to rise to the need to move the board forward.
Oloyede stated, “I have heard people’s comments (on JAMB’s huge remittance to the government.) But I also believe that JAMB is not a wasteful government agency. So, if the money is there, they do not expect us to drop the money in the waste paper basket. It should be placed where it belongs. And what such people do not know is that we have been pampered in this nation. We indulge ourselves in some things that are ridiculous.
“I am not aware of any agency that is of the nature of JAMB anywhere in the world that is being funded by the government. But in Nigeria, because we had been used to what is not proper, so to get us out of what is improper will even be strange. For me it is part of our development and we should get there one day.”