The registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said the organization generated N400 million from the change of birth dates by applicants in its first year in office.
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Oloyede was appointed JAMB Registrar in July 2016.
The registrar said people would change their birth dates on the JAMB portal to meet the requirements to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The JAMB boss stated this in a presentation he made to the institutions and other stakeholders in Abuja during the 2021 workshop before the 2021 Batch ‘A’ mobilization of the NYSC.
Oloyede said that the changes in the dates of birth on the JAMB portal should only be done by himself after the necessary investigation would be done.
He said: ‘In my first year as registrar, we raised more than N400 million from people who wanted to change their dates of birth. I wondered why they wanted to change their dates of birth. We are not looking for owo eje (blood money) and therefore we have given strict instructions.
If you want to change something, you have to show reasons. This is why changing names and birthdays is now declining because they know it is not going to be easy. We look at the certificate of the primary school. The best way to know a criminal is that he or she does not have a primary school certificate.
If you ask prospective corps members, they will tell you that many of the reasons JAMB gives for rejection are the NYSC syndrome. If someone wants to lower his age and you know in our portal, you must give reasons for rejection. The phrase we put there is ‘NYSC syndrome’. That is, you want to lower your age to meet the NYSC.
‘Before any change can be made on the date of birth, facts relied on must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. To prove this, the necessary caution is followed, thoroughly examined. No one in JAMB approves of any change of birth except me. ”
‘Anyone who will be approved must be taken to me. I do not delegate it. No one can personally approve a change of birth except the registrar. I’m the only one with the password who can approve it. If this is done, I’m guilty. No one has access except me. ‘
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