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JAMB reveals 3,000 fake graduates in Nigeria

JAMB reveals 3,000 fake graduates in Nigeria

…describes illegal tertiary admission as a disservice to Nigeria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) says the board discovered Nigeria has 3,000 fake graduates who have never set foot within the four walls of a classroom.

Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar and chief executive officer at JAMB, revealed this in a report published in the board’s bulletin recently in Abuja.

Besides, JAMB criticised the instances of illegal admissions by some tertiary institutions which the board said, has continued to be a source of embarrassment to the country.

Oloyede, as per the bulletin, made this known during a meeting with the leadership of the committee of pro-chancellors of state-owned universities.

“Some ‘graduates’ had never entered the four walls of a university owing to the endemic corruption in the system but the board had documented over 3,000 of such cases.

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“Illegal admission of candidates into tertiary institutions in the country is an embarrassment and a disservice to the nation,” the bulletin read in part.

The subject of illegal admissions has for many years been at the pole position of JAMB’s main concern.

It could be recalled that in December 2023, the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education, had mandated JAMB to forward a list of higher education institutions in Nigeria that had conducted irregular and illegal admissions.

The tertiary institutions’ entrance examination umpire body had earlier cautioned candidates to desist from accepting admissions offered by such institutions without full academic participation.

“Cessation of illegal/irregular admission,” JAMB reiterated that all applications of admissions to first degree, national diploma, national innovation diploma, and the Nigeria certificate in education into full-time, distance learning, part-time, outreach, sandwich, etc, must be processed only through JAMB,” the statement read.