The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has set up an anti-corruption unit to tackle misappropriation of funds.
The Registrar of the board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this during the induction of members of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), which was conducted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
Oloyede said the unit is a product of his anti-corruption reforms aimed at accountability and transparency in the management of government finances, adding that the unit was created due to the various corruption issues which he said was having adverse effect on his other responsibilities.
The JAMB Boss explained the processes that led to returning of N7.8 billion to government coffers as revenue in 2017 by the examination body saying that government never expected such huge amount from the agency.
“A top government officer threatened JAMB to return nothing less than N500 million to the government. Even the officer that was with me in that meeting advised that I should say the agency will be able to return about N600 million. But at the end of the day, we returned N7.8 billion,” he said.
The Chairman of ACTU in JAMB, Munirat Lawal in her remarks, said the unit would deliver on its mandate by working to fight corruption in the board.
She said that the unit had already begun work by sensitizing staff against corruption and helping to close down some illegal centers for conduct of the Computer Based Test (CBT).
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