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After almost two decades of energy sappingcombat with corruption, Nigeria, from allindications, is still in quandary on how toeffectively tame the menace. Today in Nigeria,corruption stands tall and rotund, gnawing atevery effort made to subdue it. Both theEconomic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and the sister Independent CorruptPractices and other related offencesCommission (ICPC) seem to have lost track,leaving corruption to rear more hydra heads.The two main anti-graft agencies created tofight corruption over the years do not seem tohave a co-terminus approach in their waragainst the incubus. Sometimes, they work atcross-purposes. The EFCC, for instance, is seento be impressionistic and egregious in the war,using the media as a tool, all along. On theother hand, the ICPC appears stoic and laidback, convinced that it could advance in thewar against corruption by mere systemoverhaul and prevention. All the same, littleresults continue to trail every initiative theyhad put in place. Before the advent of thegovernment of President Muhammadu Buhari,corruption became virulent, holding a promiseto make Nigeria history.Months ago, the Minister of Information andCulture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed invented anidea of how Nigeria could dig pitfalls aroundcorruption and make it fall, at least gradually.Nigerians laughed their heads off when hecame up with a catch phrase; “Change beginsWith Me.” He had little audience since adisproportionate number saw his idea asimpracticable having hitherto, been treated tothe effusive and gratifying impact ofcorruption. But Lai Muhammad was not actingin isolation of the expanded agenda by thegovernment of President Buhari to battlecorruption headlong. Now, that effort hasstarted resonating positively in differentcorridors, and most veritably in agencies likethe Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB).A week ago, JAMB dominated the media spacewith reports about being parsimonious inhandling its finances for the just concluded2017 Unified Tertiary MatriculationExamination (UMTE). JAMB was reported tohave remitted the sum of N5 billion into thefederation account being the amount it savedfrom the conduct of the examination.Nigerians found the feat very incredulous;believing that no agency of government hadbeen that transparent. JAMB is simplydemonstrating responsiveness to the anti-corruption posturing of the presentgovernment. The idea is that other agencies ofgovernment must be on the cue to initiatetheir ways and means of advancing the war,using different techniques.If JAMB appears to have woken up suddenlywith a foul mind against corruption, thestarting point should be traced to theRegistrar, Professor Isaq Oloyede. TheRegistrar, once the former Vice Chancellor ofthe University of Ilorin, is an instant fighter ofcorruption. The legacies he left behind at theUniversity of Ilorin speak volumes. Since heassumed office as Registrar, he has laboured toimpress it on JAMB stakeholders that a newera where the agency’s funds must bejudiciously utilised had just set in. His vows tobring a new order in JAMB ruled by efficiency,financial prudence and transparency weremocked in familiar quarters. But he meantbusiness. At every point, he had daredsaboteurs who seemed determined anddesperate to subvert his every good steps andefforts. Today, his commitment to “Change”and insistence on leading by example hasstarted paying off.Before the 2017 UMTE, the Registrar hadexpressed aversion to the idea of raking in thesum of N7 billion from sales of registrationforms and blowing the sum of N6.8 billion inthe conduct of examination. He vowed not tospend more than N500 million for the 2017UMTE and managed to do just that, leavingJAMB with an excess of N5 billion.The spokesman of JAMB while analysing thecost saving measures by JAMB for the 2017UMTE said, “Before now, JAMB budgeted forthe sum of N7 billion. But this year, we havebeen able to prune down the cost verydrastically, limiting our spending to N500million. JAMB may not spend up to that in2018 since it is expected to improve on thetemplate from this year to attain this goal.In his address to stakeholders of JAMB at arecent meeting for reviewing the conduct ofthe 2017 UMTE and preparations for thefollowing year’s exam, the Registrar explainedthe reason he had chosen to lead by example.He alluded to the Change Begins With Memantra of the Federal Government, stressing,Change Begins With Me campaign is not only aslogan, it is already a way of life which webelieve in and which we have adopted as ourguiding principle.JAMB is not only excelling in the area ofprudence, accountability and transparency.The Board has started re-inventing the futureof Nigeria by curbing corruption maximally atthe level of writing of examinations with moreof candidates being inculcated with the spiritof hard work, self confidence and adequatepreparations before every examination.Years before now, examinations written inNigeria at all levels had been characterized bybrazen malpractices. Schoolteachers had beenin collusion with invigilators and parents toallow impersonators write examinations foracademically deficient students. Femalestudents had severally been caught stuffingexam answers in the innermost part of theirbodies, and had recourse to blackmail whenexposed. There are reports of magic centerstoo, which no invigilator or examinationofficial dared to visit during examinations,mostly JAMB, WAEC, NECO and others. Theeffects have been disastrous for Nigeria. Thosewho exploited the weak examination systemshad secured employment into sensitive places,using the old power of corruption. Today, thesystem of Nigeria hardly runs unless oiledwith brazen and sickening touch ofcorruption. JAMB has started changing thenarrative, just as the 2017 examination itconducted was reported to be 98 percent freeof malpractices.In the 2017 examination, JAMB simplydeployed Information Technology to haltcorruption and all forms of malpractices. Itsclosely knitted synergy with GSM networksproviders made this easy. Before theexamination, JAMB created 642 ComputerBased Test centers (CBTs) to administerexamination for over 1,722,236 candidates, thehighest ever in the history of the Board. Eachof the CBT Centers had CCTV cameras to trackdown registration and examinationmalpractice within and outside exam halls. Inthe process, it was easy to weed out Centersthat indulged in irregularities andmalpractices. Today, all candidates mustregister under the lenses of the CCTV camerajust as the footage is uploaded to the BoardHeadquarters for close monitoring and futurereferences. Indeed, there is nothing stoppingJAMB from improving on the feat it attainedthis year.If other government agencies must learn fromJAMB, their focus should be on necessity forimmediacy in execution of plans and table-tables. For instance, JAMB has already setmachinery in motion for conduct of the 2018UMTE. In reviewing its omissions andsuccesses during the last examination, theBoard is planning to spend far less than N500million to conduct the next UMTE. Byimplication, JAMB is expected to remit morethan N5 billion into the federation accountnext year!In essence, leading by example asdemonstrated by an agency like JAMB is anunassailable way of re-inventing Nigeria.Individuals, groups and most especiallygovernment agencies should start emulatingJAMB to change the narrative about Nigeriabeing irredeemably corrupt.Samuel, a public affairs analyst, wrote fromAbuja.Related Posts: JAMB News.JAMB Result Checker Portal 2017 Activated On JAMB Portal.How To Check JAMB Supplementary Result Free Online.List Of Universities Whose Post-UTME Forms Are Out-2017/2018JAMB Releases 2017/18 Cut Off Marks For All Varsities.JAMB Begins Sales Of 2017 Direct Entry Forms.Update On JAMB Supplementary Result.JAMB Asks UTME Candidates To Print Supplementary Exam Slip.Change begins with me: The JAMB example.12 Easiest Courses Studied In Naija UniversitiesUniversity Defiles FG Orders-Charges N5,000 For Post UTME Screening.UNILORIN Begins 2017/18 Screening-See Requirements.JAMB speaks on Universities’ cut-off marks, admission criteria.Jamb Re-opens Portal For Change Of Data Course/institution .FUTO JAMB Registration Statistics-Know Your Competitors Now.We Are Yet To Determine Cut Off Mark For UTME 2017-JAMB Boss.JAMB Begins Sales Of Direct Entry Forms.

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