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Buhari vows to punish lawyers, bankers, others facilitating corrupt practices

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will ensure effective asset declaration by public office holders and ensure sanctions by professional bodies against lawyers, bankers, brokers, public officials, and other individuals facilitating corrupt practices.

The president gave this assurance while speaking at the National Democracy Day Anti-Corruption Summit in Abuja on Tuesday.

Buhari said the government would also close existing legislative loopholes, facilitate collaboration with the judiciary, and strengthen the criminal justice system for effective fight against corruption in the country.

While ensuring comprehensive support and protection to whistleblowers, witnesses and victims of corruption, the president said his administration would adopt and formulate the policy of ‘naming and shaming’ all those who engage in corrupt practices.

He, however, maintained that the Federal Government would continue to encourage and honour transparent and honest citizens.

The president said the government would, “educate, mobilise and encourage Nigerians at the grassroots level to take ownership of the fight against corruption;

“Press for a crackdown on safe havens for corrupt assets, abolishing of bank secrecy jurisdictions and tax havens on the continent and beyond.’’

Buhari said that his administration would continue to insist on the unconditional return of looted assets kept abroad and further strengthening of international cooperation through information and mutual legal assistance.

He pledged that government would also continue to strengthen the capacity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other anti-corruption agencies by providing additional material, organisational and logistical support.

“Now, as this administration commences, we are taking stock of progress made so far in the war against corruption, assessing what needs to be done and devising new strategies to address existing challenges,’’ he said.

According to the president, his administration remains committed to the fulfillment of its promises to Nigerians which included security, economic improvement and fight against corruption.

The Guest Speaker at the event and former Director of Kenya’s Anti-Corruption Commission, Prof. Patrice Lumumba, lauded Nigeria’s strategies in fighting corruption, as he described the Nigeria’s EFCC as the best anti-corruption agency across the African continent.

He said: “In 2015, President Buhari said ‘if we don’t kill corruption in this country, corruption will kill Nigeria’ and I can’t agree with him more; and it is not only true about Nigeria but true about Africa.

“Almost every country in Africa has an agency that is charged with the fight against corruption but the EFCC stands out as the best in the continent because they have demonstrated by wide and deep that corruption can be tackled without sacred cows.

“We have seen that they have recovered monies from individuals who in other countries they are seen as sacred cows and are untouchable.’’

Earlier in his remarks, Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, narrated the achievements of the commission in the last four years.

According to him, the commission has achieved a lot in the fight against corruption, saying that the commission has so far secured 1,207 convictions.

“The convictions secured by the commission since the beginning of this administration reflects a positive progression.

“In 2015, we secured 103 convictions; in 2016 we secured 194; in 2017 we secured 189; in 2018 it was 312 convictions and from January 2019 to date, we have 406 convictions.

“Despite these records, corruption remains a challenge in our country. I believe that the fight against corruption requires a deeper stakeholder approach. The private and public sectors are critical players in this regard,” he said.

While thanking President Buhari for support and non-interference to the affairs of the commission, Magu also commended some state governments for establishing institutional mechanisms to fight corruption.

The one-day summit later went into a plenary session, where papers were presented by renowned stakeholders and scholars on how to curb electoral violence and embezzlement of public funds.

LGA Funds: Court deals another blow to state governors

The Federal High Court on Monday declined to restrain the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) from implementing its recent guidelines on local government funds.

The judgment by John Tsoho of the Abuja Division marked yet another setback to the nation’s 36 governors in their effort to keep control of local government finances in their respective states.

In a guideline that took effect on June 1, the NFIU directed banks not to honour transactions in the joint accounts of state and local governments. It said such accounts should only be used to distribute allocations to accounts of local governments directly.

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) recently sued the NFIU, saying the directive was illegal because it contradicted the Constitution.

The Constitution prescribed joint ownership of account between a state and all local government areas under it, but there have been claims that the governors have been mismanaging the funds by bullying local authorities into silence.

At the resumed hearing on the matter on Monday, Mr Tsoho declined to allow the governors continue to draw funds from local government accounts until the matter had been concluded by the court, which could take several months or even years.

Further hearing on the matter could not continue on Tuesday, after the lead lawyer for the governors, Lateef Fagbemi, failed to appear in court on excuses that he was handling another matter at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

Although there was an initial agreement by all parties to wait for Mr Fagbemi, who had promised to appear in court before noon, the court eventually adjourned the matter when he did not show up.

A further hearing had been adjourned till October 23 for all applications, including one challenging the court’s jurisdiction, to be heard.

The NFIU had on May 6 issued ‘Guidelines to Reduce Vulnerabilities Created by Cash Withdrawals from Local Government Funds throughout Nigeria,’ which sought to stop governors from tampering with funds meant for local government areas forthwith.

Despite the stiff opposition by the governors, including several meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari, the guidelines took effect from June.

Trial of former FCT minister Akinjide suffers setback

The re-arraignment of a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide over alleged money laundering could not take place on Tuesday as a result of prosecution’s request that the case be returned to the previous judge.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Akinjide alongside two chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayo Adeseun and Olarenwaju Otiti.

The commission charged them on an amended 24 counts bordering on N650 million fraud and money laundering.

The defendants were first arraigned before Justice Muslim Hassan before whom they all pleaded not guilty, and were granted bail.

Trial begun before Hassan, with witnesses being led in evidence, but midway into a trial-within-trial, the case was transferred to Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke at the instance of defence.

The case was then adjourned until June 11, for re-arraignment of the defendants.

When the case was called on Tuesday before Aneke, the defendants mounted the dock, and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) announced appearance for the first defendant (Akinjide). while Mr U.U. Buhari announced appearance for the EFCC.

Buhari then orally applied to the court for a transfer of the case back to Hassan.

However, Ayorinde raised an objection to the application, describing it as ‘ambush’.

Ayorinde argued that the prosecution ought to have made the application formal before the court and served it on the defence for it to reply.

He prayed the court to refuse the application, saying that it should be brought properly.

His submission was adopted by other defence counsel.

At this point, EFCC lead counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo walked into the courtroom and also announced appearance for prosecution.

Oyedepo argued that by the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, an application for transfer of a partly heard case must not be in writing.

He added that the case had already advanced to trial and parties at the stage of a trial-within-trial, before the case was transferred.

“Whether rightly or wrongly, this matter is going through turbulence; a case of 2016. Why should we start afresh?” he asked.

In a ruling, Aneke upheld the submission of defence that the oral application was like `ambush’. He ordered the EFCC to bring a formal application to that effect.

The court adjourned the case until June 26 for hearing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the EFCC accused the defendants of unlawfully receiving money from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the build-up to the 2015 General Elections.

The money was said to have formed part of a total sum of 115 million dollars allegedly disbursed by Alison-Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 Presidential Election.

Obasanjo hits Buhari again…says govt moving Nigeria towards disaster

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of moving the country towards the path of disaster.

In an interview with Premium Times, the former president said the progress the country is said to be making is questionable.

He lamented the present arrangement of political leadership in the country, saying it tends to favour some zones at the expense of others.

In the buildup to the 2019 general election, Obasanjo fell out with Buhari and endorsed Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“I think we have no choice but to be on the path for sustainable development,” Obasanjo said.

“The progress we are making may be questionable. Is it fast enough? Is it steady enough? Is it stable enough? Are we taking two steps forward and one step back or one step side-way?

“You can question that, but we have no choice but to be on (the) path for sustainable development. Any other thing will be a disaster. In fact, the pace at which we are going now is tending more and more toward disaster and instability and unsustainability.”

The former president said foreign investors no longer have confidence in the nation’s economy as it is poorly managed.

“The problem is that we are just not doing what we should be doing,” he said.

“Nobody has that confidence, and we cannot develop Nigeria without that confidence in our economy. Both for domestic investors and foreign investors.”

The former president expressed worry about the present leadership arrangement in the country, saying the composition sends a disturbing signal in a multi-ethnic nation like Nigeria.

“I think there is a presumption in our constitution that our system will bring out competent leaders devoid of extremism, religious or tribal bigotry. Leaders who understand what it takes to hold the country together and put it in high gear for development, unity and an inclusive and shared society,” he said.

“These are assumptions. And if these assumptions come true, what is meant to be achieved in our country will be achieved. But the kind of situation you have now cannot allow those assumptions to become reality. Now you have a situation where three top officials of government will be from only two northern zones. Ahmad Lawan (who has been pencilled down as senate president) is from the north-east, the acting chief justice of Nigeria is from the north-east, The president of the country is from the north-west. They are all from what we call the core north. How can you have that kind of arrangement and then be absolutely insensitive to it (lack of geographical diversity)?

“So the prescription that our constitution makes of the kind of leadership that should emerge, we have failed to achieve that with the present leadership we have in place. The Constitution expects the executive to care for the welfare and security of every Nigerian. But in the present situation, they don’t seem to care.”

ICYMI: Dangote says power sector hindering Nigeria’s economic growth

Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote group, says the poor performance of the country’s power sector is hindering growth of the economy.

Dangote spoke at a consultative roundtable session for public and private sector stakeholders in Lagos on Saturday.

The programme was organised by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

According to Dangote, Nigeria had been struggling to increase its electricity output for the past 18 years without success.

He urged the federal government to improve the sector, saying that “no business will thrive with business owners generating powers themselves”.

“How do you have economic growth without power? So, no power, no growth because without power there can’t be growth,” he said.

“Egypt increased its electricity by 10 gigawatts, which is equivalent to 10,000 megawatts in 18 months.

“In Nigeria, we have been struggling for 18 years without adding 1,000 megawatts and we have spent about three times above Egypt, why?

“So, I think we all need to be concerned about that.”

Dangote urged government to promote import substitution for foreign exchange accumulation through proceeds from exports.

He said instead of depending on proceeds from crude oil sales, government should focus on the non-oil sector of the economy, with particular reference to finance, manufacturing and agriculture.

“Government needs to encourage non-oil sector growth rather than depending on proceeds from crude oil to pay salaries,” he said.

“Proceeds from crude oil sale should be for major investment in the country.”

Godwin Emefiele, governor of CBN; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state governor; Jim Ovia, Zenith Bank Chairman; Oba Otudeko, chairman of Honeywell Flour Mills; Atedo Peterside, former banker and serial entrepreneur  and Segun Agbaje, chief executive officer of Guaranty Trust Bank, were the stakeholders present at the consultative round table session.

Ikeja Electric rolls out prepaid meters for Ikorodu residents

The Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) has announced the roll out of prepaid meters for customers in the Ikorodu business unit in Lagos.

In a statement on Monday, Felix Ofulue, the company’s head of corporate communications, said the deployment will commence on June 17 following the successful registration and subscription for meters customers across the area.

According to the electricity distribution company (DisCo), the deployment and installation of prepaid meters to customers in the area will be carried out by one of its MAPs, New Hampshire Capital Limited.

While explaining the process, Ofulue said every customer is expected to go through the know your customer (KYC) process and also agree on settlement of their outstanding debt.

Thereafter, account survey will be carried out before payment for prepaid meter is made.

He urged customers who dispute their unsettled post-paid to take advantage of the various repayment options available during the KYC process.

“Outstanding balance can also be rolled over into the customer’s prepaid account and paid in instalments.” he said.

“The meters will be provided and installed within 10 working days of payment.

“In line with NERC regulations, customers are expected to pay for meters. Through the online process, customers are to abide the rules and regulation guiding the metering process and they should not to pay cash to anyone or fall prey to unscrupulous element who may want to take advantage of the scheme to fleece customers. They will be advised on the designated channels for payment.”

According to Ofulue, the stipulated cost of a single-phase meter is N38,850, while a three-phase meter is N70,350.

Adesina: Lack of skills partly to blame for unemployment in Africa

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), says the problem of unemployment in Africa is partly due to lack of skills among job seekers.

The AfDB boss made this known while addressing the press at the ongoing annual meeting of the development finance institution in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

“Our challenge is lack of enough skills; managerial skills to actually run industries properly and this continues to be a big challenge all across Africa so there is still a lot of work to be done making sure that you have the right kind of skills to be able to run industries,” he said.

“Capacity building of human resources is extremely important. We talk about the infrastructure a lot. The most significant infrastructure to my mind is grey matter. If you do not develop people skills then what will you develop?

“We are talking about the African continental free trade area, yes. It’s a market of $3.4 trillion but we cannot talk about that in theory. There has to be a huge industrial capacity.”

Explaining why the conference is focused on integration in Africa, Adesina, who is Nigeria’s former minister of Agriculture, said: “If we get our integration right, Africa will be more competitive, will be able to create a massive amount of jobs and, more importantly, Africa can develop in dignity and confidence”.

He explained that the AfCFTA will constitute the world’s largest free trade area, bringing together 1.3 billion consumers.

 

Ekweremadu: I contested against Omo-Agege because I didn’t want a mace snatcher to just take a bow and be endorsed

Senator Ike Ekweremadu (PDP-Enugu), on Tuesday, disclosed the real reason he contested for the deputy senate president’s seat during the inauguration of the 9th Senate in Abuja.
Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West Senatorial District, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen shortly after the election at the National Assembly complex.
Ekweremadu, who is the immediate-past deputy senate president and Senatir Ovie Omo-Agege vied for the position.

While Ekweremadu scored 37 votes out of the 105 votes, Omo-Agege polled 68 votes to emerge the new deputy senate president.

He said he decided to contest in protest against the nomination of Omo-Agege for the position of the number two man of the 9th Senate.

”I believe that there must be a referendum looking at what happened when I was presiding when the Senate was invaded and the mace abducted.

”It would have been very embarrassing that somebody who led that operation would just be asked to take a bow and would be endorsed and we all walk over as if it doesn’t matter.

”So, I wanted a situation where Nigerians, especially through their representatives, will be able to present a referendum in respect of what transpired and then be able to either endorse or condemn it,” he said.

On when he took the decision, he said: ”Only this morning because actually we weren’t minded to run for any office but we thought that our friends in APC will be able to come up with another candidate.”

On how he felt with the outcome of the election, he said: ”I think that God has just given me that opportunity to have a rest.

”For over 20 years I have been very busy with politics, with leadership, with governance. So I think this is an opportunity for me to have a rest and reflect on so many other things.”

The lawmaker said he hoped that the present Senate would ”be able to wake up to the current challenges of insecurity, unemployment and issue of disunity, among others, which are staring the nation in the face.”

”I think these are issues we have to work with the executive closely to address outside the party lines,” he said.

He said without tackling some of these fundamental issues, the country would not make any progress.

BREAKING: INEC finally issues Okorocha certificate of return

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally issued former Imo governor, Rochas Okorocha, a certificate of return for winning the February 23 senatorial election in Imo West.

Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee confirmed this on Tuesday evening.

The presentation came barely hours after the ninth National Assembly was inaugurated.

Without a certificate of return, Mr Okorocha could not take part in the inauguration or voting of the new leadership of the Senate.

Okorocha was declared the winner of the February 23 senatorial election of Imo West zone but the returning officer, Innocent Ibeabuchi, said he was forced to make the declaration.

Okorocha then approached the High Court in Abuja, seeking an order compelling INEC to issue him a certificate of return.

In response, the commission refused to issue him one, saying it was reviewing the situation.

The former governor also accused his estranged party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and INEC of plotting to frustrate his senatorial ambition.

Justice Okon Abang had on Friday upturned the commission’s decision not to acknowledge Mr Okorocha’s victory.

The judge described INEC’s decision as “lawlessness and a complete nullity.”

Abang said INEC had no power to act as it did. He said such an action implied the creation of new laws by INEC.

In response, INEC said it would do the ‘needful’ after studying the ruling.

Meanwhile, Mr Okoye said the commission would issue a statement on the presentation “soon”.

BREAKING: Gbajabiamila is House of Reps speaker

Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader in the 8th house of representatives, has been elected speaker.

The choice candidate of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled over 281 votes to defeat Mohammed Bago, also of the APC who scored 76 votes, on Tuesday.

Like Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Gbajabiamila was the preferred candidate of the APC in 2015 but Yakubu Dogara, who was then of the APC, had teamed up with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to defeat him.

Dogara had defeated him with just eight votes.

While the sorting of votes was ongoing, Bago walked up to Gbajabiamila to congratulate him and this elicited a thunderous round of applause among their colleagues.

Buhari, APC, INEC urge tribunal to dismiss Atiku, PDP’s petition

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday prayed the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to dismiss petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar against his Feb.23 re-election.

Buhari made the prayer through his Counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, in a motion adopted and argued on Tuesday before Justice Mohammed Garba-led five-man panel in Abuja.

Olanipekun submitted that the petition was fundamentally defective, adding that his client won the presidential “square and clear’’.

He explained that the allegations advanced by the petitioners were mere theoretical assumptions that could not stand the test of critical legal debate.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tribunal also entertained the president’s motion that sought to effect amendment on the identities and addresses of counsel representing him.

Another of Buhari’s application seeking to mandate the tribunal to entertain all interlocutory motions before the commencement of proper hearing of the main petition was also adopted and argued.

Similarly, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asked the tribunal to dismiss the petition brought by PDP and Atiku against a “flawless’’ election that won by Buhari.

Mr Yunus Usman, SAN, Counsel for INEC said that the electoral commission would standby the declaration of the second respondent (Buhari) as winner of the Fbe.23 presidential election.

Usman said the petition challenging the outcome of the exercise was “misguided’’, adding that the allegations of fraud made against the electoral body was “mischievous’’.

NAN reports that INEC’s application challenging the jurisdiction and competence of the tribunal to entertain the petition.

Usman further urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition as the petitioners failed to include the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as a co-winner in the election.

“ The failure of the PDP and Atiku to include Osinbajo’s name as party should not be overlooked because whatever affects the president affects his running mate,’’ Usman said.

NAN also reports that three other interlocutory motions filed by the All Progressive Congress were argued and dispensed with.

Chief Lateef Fagbemi, SAN,  Counsel for the APC had urged the tribunal to strike out 18 paragraphs of the petition with frivolous assumptions among other prayers.

He submitted that the competence of the petition was questionable, adding that it would soon become a mere “lame duck’’.

Meanwhile, Dr Levi Uzoukwu, SAN, Counsel for the petitioners prayed the tribunal to discountenance all the arguments canvassed by the respondents, describing INEC’s position in the matter as “unusual”.

The presiding judge, therefore, fixed June 13 for the petitioners’ motions to be heard.

Kagame to Buhari: It’s not enough to fight corruption… we have to create wealth

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, has told President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders, that it is not enough to fight corruption — but to also add value to human life.

Speaking at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) summit in Abuja on Tuesday, Kagame congratulated Buhari on his victory at the poll and said Nigeria must share resources equitably, so everyone can join the fight against corruption.

He also called on the president and other attendees to add value, create wealth, while fighting corruption, and not merely to fight corruption.

“There is one of your own [Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala], who wrote a book, titled, fighting corruption is dangerous; so she gave me the book, and as I was looking at the title, I reminded her and said you need to be thinking of writing another book to state that not fighting corruption is even more dangerous.

“This is a fight that can be won; tolerating corruption is a choice, not an inevitability. It is within our power to end it. That is the most important starting point, otherwise, it will be a waste of time to keep talking about it.

“Corruptions does not take decades to eradicate once we decide to break the habit.

“We have to set our sights high, it is not enough to fight corruption just as merely fighting poverty, it is too small an ambition for Africa. We want to create value, we want to create wealth, not merely fighting corruption.”

Kagame said Buhari is AU anti-corruption champion, appreciating the president for his drive against corruption.

“President Buhari, I wish to give you our very warm congratulations on your re-election and best wishes for the entire Nigerian people, on the road ahead,” Kagame said.

“I also want to mention here, that President Buhari is AU (African Union) champion in the fight against corruption, and we thank you.”

Kagame said corruption must be fought from top to bottom, using four key principles: “culture, responsibility, accountability and effectiveness”.

“We must discard the myth that corruption is endemic to particular cultures. corruption is a universal weakness, not an African one, and it is not part of our destiny as a continent.

He said research has shown that “the biggest sources and beneficiaries of corruptions are outside of Africa”.

Another court asks INEC not to issue certificate of return to Okorocha

A high court sitting in Imo state has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to issue certificate of return to Rochas Okorocha as senator-elect for Imo west senatorial district.

Ngozi Ukoha, a judge, restrained INEC from “departing from its decision not to issue a certificate of return in respect of Imo west senatorial district election.”

A copy of the judgement dated Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

The judge gave the order while ruling on an application filed by Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliances (APGA), pending the determination of the motion on notice challenging the victory of Okorocha who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The commission had refused to issue the certificate to Okorocha who was declared winner of the poll after the returning officer reported that he declared the former governor winner under duress.

But INEC said it would meet to consider the the order of the federal high court, Abuja, which asked it to issue the certificate to Okorocha.

The latest court order is the third on the issue, coming after that of the federal high court and a May 23 order from the high court of Imo directing INEC not to issue a certificate of return to any of the candidates in the election.

INEC is expected to announce its decision on the matter later on Tuesday.

Okorocha had earlier been denied accreditation when he arrived the National Assembly Complex for the ongoing inauguration.

UPDATED: JAMB approves 160 as cut-off mark for 2019 admission

The 19th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria has approved 160 and above as the national minimum benchmark for admission for the year 2019 into public universities.

The meeting held at Bola Babalakin Auditorium, Gbongan, Osun State, on Tuesday also approved 140 as minimum UTME score for admission into private universities.

For public polytechnic, 120 UTME score was approved, while 110 score was approved as the least score for admission into private polytechnic.

the country on Tuesday pegged 160 as the minimum bench mark for admission of candidates for the 2019/2020 academic year.

The decision was reached at 19th Policy Meeting on Admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The event held in Gbongan, Osun.

The stakeholders also unanimously agreed to carry out admission registration procedures for institutions of first choice of candidates in all public universities from Aug. 21 to Nov. 16.

They also agreed that all state and private universities would peg minimum admission benchmark on 140 and above.
The admission registration process for candidate’s institutions of second choice will take place from Nov. 17 to Dec. 17, according to them.

They said that the minimum UTME score of candidates for public polytechnics should be 120 and above while that of their private counterparts was pegged at 110 and above.

The minimum cut-off mark for the colleges of education was also agreed on 110 and above.
The stakeholders also agreed to extend admission registration procedure for private universities to Feb. 15, 2020.

“The admission process would be guided by the approved institutional /programmes cut-off marks and minimum UTME score as submitted by the respective institutions.

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“The minimum UTME score for admission will be as prescribed by each institution subject to the respective National Minimum UTME score,” the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede told the stakeholders.

According to him, admission for the 2019/2020 academic session would be conducted on the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS).

He added that the principal participants would include himself as the Chairman, head of tertiary institutions, JAMB’s director of admissions, its desk officers and the candidates.

e said that the policy guidelines for the 2019 admission as approved by the policy meeting and the directives by the minister of education would be formally communicated to all institutions on or before July 1.

According to him, documents for the 2019 admission exercise will include the 2019 UTME/DIrect Entry results, JAMB’s 2018 admission quota as prescribed by the respective regulatory bodies of the various tertiary institutions and the 2019 UTME brochure as published on IBASS.

He added that it would include the guidelines on admission into tertiary institutions as prescribed by the proprietors (federal, state and private).
According to Oloyede, institutions are also to recommend candidates for admission, after presenting to the board, through the CAPS, the approved general quota for each institution and the distribution to the various programmes.

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“‘Other information needed to be forwarded to CAPS are the UTME score for each programme, minimum direct entry qualification grades for Direct Entry candidates as well as components of cut-off marks and the allotted score for each component.

“The institutions are also required to recommend the cut-off date for the first and second choice admission of candidates after which no result upload nor chance into the institution as first choice will be allowed,” he said.
He added that supplementary admissions could be allowed.

Oloyede said that any institution interested in conducting any form of post UTME screening could do so, but warned that the gross charge for such screening must not exceed N2,000.

“It is not allowed for any institution to make post UTME candidates, directly or indirectly incur further related expenses such as administrative and bank charges.

“Such should be at no additional cost to the candidates.
“JAMB will provide for free, to all institutions, access to photo images and finger -print data of all candidates in order to curb the substitution of candidates.

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Earlier in his address, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, commended the board for efforts to fight examination malpractice.

Echono, who was represented by the Director, Tertiary Education in the ministry, Mr Ojo Samuel, said that the recent investigations carried out candidates suspected to have been involved in malpractice in recent UTME was a pointer that the examination industry must re-strategise in order to sanitise the system.

He urged the board not to leave any stone unturned in a bid to ensure that all culprits and collaborators were brought to justice.

“I, therefore, urge that all institutions must ensure that candidates seeking admissions must be thoroughly screened to ensure that they are the real owners of the results they carry.

“All institutions must also ensure that the matriculation list on the CAPS are appropriate in content and in time.
“I want to plead with JAMB and heads of tertiary institutions to ensure that candidates with special needs such as the blind are considered for admission, provided they meet the minimum requirements,” Echono said.

The meeting also exempted blind candidates and those who sat for UTME in prisons and foreign countries from post UTME test.

JUST IN: Omo-Agege elected Deputy Senate President

Ovie Omo-Agege, lawmaker representing Delta central, has been elected deputy president of the senate.

He had secured 68 of the 107 votes in the election to defeat Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 39.

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had settled for Omo-Agege

More to follow

BREAKING: Lawan elected senate president

Ahmad Lawan, lawmaker representing Yobe north senatorial district, has been elected president of the senate.

Lawan secured 79 votes to defeat Ali Ndume from Borno south who polled 28 votes.

Although the two contestants are of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the leadership of the ruling party had endorsed the new senate president.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had teamed up with Ndume but unlike in 2015 when Bukola Saraki, then of the APC, rode to power with the support of the PDP, the ruling party perfected its plot to ensure Lawan’s victory.

Lawan was the choice of the leadership of the APC in 2015.

More to follow…