Commercial banks in Nigeria have requested for the details of 100 top scoring candidates in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to offer scholarships to study in tertiary institutions in the country.
Similarly, the National Hajj Commission (NAHON) has requested for details of some top scorers for all expenses paid trip to Mecca for the holy pilgrimage.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) stated this in its weekly bulletin.
It said such offers demonstrate the acceptability and confidence in the board’s products.
“The conduct of the 2019 UTME has witnessed a dramatic turn of events with many startling discoveries and the capacity of the board to navigate the emerging threats.
“As a result of the handling of the crises and performances, many corporate organisations have called on the board to furnish them with top scoring candidates to offer scholarships to study in tertiary institutions of their choice or even to perform holy pilgrimage.
“This pilgrimage was offered by the National Hajj Commission. There are banks which are also demanding the top 100 UTME candidates for scholarships. This is a stamp on the approval of the board’s products and efforts at repositioning the conduct of public examinations in Nigeria.
“The fight against examination corruption should therefore be fought on all fronts. This is because of the board’s belief that the first manifestation of corruption is cheating in an examination,” said JAMB.