- JAMB has insisted the result of the UTME will be released
- The examination body said it was carrying out biometric verification of its candidates
- The board again denied the rumour that its server was hacked
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it has begun the biometric verification of the 1.8 million candidates that sat for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede who is the registrar of JAMB confirmed the development saying the examination board was crosschecking everything about the examination including the biometrics.
The Nation reports that this exercise has caused the delay in the results of the examination.
He said: “We are cross-checking everything, including fingers. If you know that you have about 1.8 candidates multiplied by ten that is the finger we are talking about.
“If you are very close to National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC¬), ask them what it takes to analyse finger prints in terms of period.
“We are combining 1.8 million ten fingers with one another to be sure that we identify people who combine fingers and so on. That is where we are now.
“We have done all other and now we have about six states to go. As I speak with you I am at a retreat with those who are doing it. We have about six states to go. We have done 31 states and six states are still not completed now.”
Asked when the result of the UTME will be released, the registrar said: “I don’t know but it will be very soon. As soon as we complete what we are doing.”
The registrar denied reports that the board may cancel half of the results of states found to have been involved in malpractice during the examination.
Oloyede also spoke about the issue of JAMB server saying it was not hacked contrary to rumour.
He said: “There is no problem at all but everything must be done thoroughly and that is what we are doing. There is no problem. All the rumour about problem is a lie and I would not tell a whole nation what is not true. I can’t put my integrity on line. There is no problem at all.
“We are doing what we set to do and it is a scientific thing and there is no way I can expedite it beyond this. I t is taking human and material resources but we must do it. Somebody must standup against this rot. That’s all.”
Meanwhile, Prof. Oloyede said Nigerians will be shocked by the outcome of its investigation into examination malpractice between 2009 and 2019.
Oloyede said some Nigerians occupying high position did not take the UTME themselves based on the outcome of the investigation carried out.
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