- JAMB's registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, said the examination body made N400 million from just change of birth dates in his first year in office
- The professor said his findings later indicate that the board recorded the huge amount because people were changing their birth dates in order to be eligible for the NYSC
- To put an end to the bad practice, the JAMB boss said he is now the only one who can approve the change of birth dates after due diligence
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has revealed how the agency generated N400 million from changes of birth dates by applicants in his first year in office.
Oloyede was appointed as the registrar of the examination body in 2016.
Surprised by the huge amount generated, the registrar explained that he later found out people were changing their dates of birth on the JAMB portal in order to meet the requirements to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
To stop the bad practice, Oloyede said appropriate restrictions have been put in place, adding that changes in the dates of birth on the JAMB portal must be done by himself only after due diligence would have been done.
According to the NYSC's guidelines, a person shall not be called upon to serve in the service corps if, at the date of graduation or obtaining his diploma or other professional qualification, he/she is over the age of 30 years.
Meanwhile, prospective candidates seeking to gain entrance into Nigerian tertiary institutions are expected to complete their admission process on or before June 15, 2021.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) made the announcement in a statement on Sunday morning, February 28.
The exam body said the deadline was agreed on after a virtual meeting with heads of tertiary institutions in the country on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
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