By Dayo Adesulu
THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned prospective candidates against purchasing UTME application forms from the public, adding that sales of the forms has not commenced.
JAMB’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who spoke with Vanguard on Monday lamented that prospecting candidates would not bother to visit JAMB’s website for information before buying forms. He said: “The examination body is yet to begin the sales of the 2016 UTME form.”
Benjamin who appealed for patience from the public, explained that JAMB was putting finishing touches to the arrangements for a hitch free outing, adding, “the board would adequately sensitise the public before the sale begins.”
His words: “We do not want a repeat of what had been happening before and during registration this year. We need to ensure that prospective candidates do the right thing and get their results without problems. So we want to appeal to prospective candidates to be patient as we will soon begin sale of the forms.”
He warned the general public and prospective candidates not to fall prey to activities of fraudsters who might lure them into buying fake documents.
Already, feelers reaching Vanguard stated that many UTME candidates have purchased the 2016 UTME forms from some cybercafe and tutorial centres in Lagos.
Ogechi Amadi, a prospective UTME candidates at Ajegunle, Lagos said: “I almost purchased the fake form at a tutorial centre at Ajule, Lagos. When I discovered that many candidates at this tutorial centre have purchased theirs, I had to inform my elder brother who told me that JAMB has not started its sales. Each form is sold for N8,500 at this tutorial centre.”
Meanwhile, Mr Ikenna Chukwudi who spoke with Vanguard confirmed the existence of the sales of the fake forms, adding that his younger sister informed him that candidates have started buying the forms in her tutorial centre for N8,500.