N100m Suit: JAMB Faults Parent For  Enrolling Minors For UTME


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cautioned parents against enrolling minors for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, gave the warning in an interview with journalists on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

TheFact Daily recalls that one Mrs. Ifeanyi Eke had filed an N100 million suit against JAMB and three others before the Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged inappropriate text messages sent to her 15-year-old daughter by JAMB.

Reacting to the suit Oloyede said the Board was ready tomeet with the woman in court, maintaining that the source of the offensive messages was not JAMB.

The Registrar said that since the incident happened, it reported to the security agencies to take appropriate action, but the woman was adamant by suing the Board for N100 million.

He further clarified that the offender was not a JAMB Staff and got the girl’s information from her phone:“The person is not our staff, he is not even a staff of the centre, he is a co-student. He is just like a candidate, an undergraduate in one of the Universities.

“And talking about our data, nobody has access to our data. The person got the information from the phone of the underage girl.

“How did your girl of 15 years was ready for University now? If she is law-abiding as she claimed. The law today is that you must spend six years before primary school, six years in primary school, and six years in secondary school. By that time, you are 18.

“But when you reduce three years, you must have cut corners to make a 15-year-old child ready for University education.

“We will meet her in court, it is for the court to decide whether she deserves that money,” the JAMB Boss said.

He maintained that the sender got the telephone number of the underage girl at the examination center because they had a form to fill, saying that it had dealt appropriately with the center, the reason being that it shouldn’t have allowed an unauthorised person into its premises:

“Even the centers do not have access to our database, the person must have collected the number while interacting with her at the center.

“We dealt with the center on negligence, for allowing an unauthorised person to have access to where these candidates were. And we are urging parents to allow their children to be mature before registering for UTME.

“We are now saying that any center that allows a parent to get near to where the candidates are been screened, that centre will be deleted.

“Secondly, we have instructed the centers to stop identifying the parents of the candidates and we will take appropriate action against the candidates.

“Parents cannot destroy the career of their children because of their emotions and indiscipline,” Oloyede said.

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