By Uche Amunike
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that the reports claiming that it had begun the sale of 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) application of forms are false.
As a result, JAMB has stated that every information circulating concerning the board selling 2022 UTME/DE forms is not only fraudulent but also a calculated attempt by scammers to bring about unnecessary panic among prospective candidates for their own selfish reasons.
Speaking via a statement released by the JAMB Head of Media and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB explained that all arrangements to commence selling of the 2022 UTME/DE application form in due course has been concluded, but no date has been fixed so far, for its commencement.
Here’s the full statement: ‘The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to the activities of unwholesome elements who had been misleading the general public on the purported commencement of the sale of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) application documents’.
‘For the avoidance of doubt, any information in circulation purporting to have emanated from the Board to the effect that the sale of the 2022 UTME and DE forms has commenced is not only fraudulent but is a calculated attempt by mischief makers to create unnecessary panic among prospective candidates for their own selfish ends’.
‘It should be noted that the commencement of the sale of the Board’s application documents in any given year has never been shrouded in mystery rather it is always a well-publicised undertaking in the print media as well as online and electronic platforms’.
‘Although the Board has concluded all arrangements to commence the sale of the 2022 UTME/DE Application Documents in due course it is yet to fix any date for its commencement’.
‘The general public is, therefore, by this notice urged to be mindful of speculators who are in the habit of second-guessing the Board’s on certain procedural issues with the aim of defrauding hapless candidates.
‘The Board wishes to inform the general public that they would be sufficiently informed of the commencement of the sale of EPINs once approval has been granted by relevant authorities’.
‘Furthermore, the announcement of a suitable date to commence the sale would be accompanied by well-defined information on the procedures for the purchase of the e-pins, creating a profile, and where to go for biometric capturing, among other essential details’.
Recall that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board stated earlier on Monday, through its spokesman Dr Fabian Benjamin, that activities like the registration for the 2022 UTME/DE will commence late due to forces beyond its control, while also defending its decision to enforce the requirements of the National Identity Number (NIN) in the registration process.
He added that the implementation of the NIN was an unpopular decision which would go a long way in fighting impersonation and other examination malpractices.