JAMB uncovers 3,000 fake graduates with illegal certificates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has uncovered a staggering 3,000 fake graduates in possession of illegal certificates across Nigeria.

This revelation was made by the Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, in a report published in the board’s bulletin.

According to Oloyede, these individuals never attended any university, highlighting the extent of corruption within the educational system.

He made this disclosure during a meeting with the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State Universities in Nigeria (COPSUN) at JAMB’s National Headquarters in Bwari, Abuja.

Illegal Admissions: A National Embarrassment

Oloyede condemned the practice of illegal admissions by some institutions, calling it a source of national embarrassment. He emphasized the board’s commitment to clamping down on these underhand practices.

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

The registrar urged COPSUN to ensure stricter measures against illegal admissions, which undermine the credibility of Nigeria’s educational system and damage the nation’s image.

Legislative and Regulatory Responses

This crackdown comes in the wake of directives from the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education, which ordered JAMB in December 2023 to present a list of tertiary institutions involved in irregular and illegal admissions.

JAMB has repeatedly warned candidates against accepting such admissions without full academic participation.

In a previous statement titled “Cessation of illegal/irregular admission,” JAMB reiterated that all admissions to first degrees, national diplomas, national innovation diplomas, and Nigerian certificates in education must be processed through JAMB. Any admission not captured in its Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) is deemed illegal, null, and void.

The Scale of the Problem

At a stakeholders’ forum in Abuja, Oloyede disclosed that from 2017 to 2020, Nigerian tertiary institutions offered a total of 706,189 illegal admissions. These included 67,795 cases in degree-awarding institutions, 142,818 in national diploma-awarding institutions, and 5,678 in mono-technics.

The top five universities with the highest number of illegal admissions were the University of Jos, Plateau State (7,600 cases); Benue State University, Makurdi (6,161 cases); Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State (5,669 cases); Kwara State University, Malete (4,281 cases); and Novena University, Delta State (3,432 cases).

Among national diploma-awarding institutions, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, led with 45,471 cases, followed by Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State (37,828 cases); Yaba College of Technology, Lagos (30,856 cases); Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State; and Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Nasarawa State (24,335 cases each).

A Call to Action

JAMB has called on all tertiary institutions to adhere strictly to CAPS for processing admissions, emphasizing the importance of transparency and accountability. The board warns that any deviation from this process will be met with severe consequences.

As JAMB continues its efforts to cleanse the Nigerian educational system, it urges all stakeholders to join in the fight against illegal admissions, ensuring that the integrity of Nigeria’s academic institutions is upheld.

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