The Federal Government on Wednesday refuted reports in the media that it has ordered the cancellation of post-UTME examination; urging candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions to ignore the rumours.
The denial was contained in a press statement issued yesterday by the ministry’s Director of Press, Mrs. Chinenye Ihuoma, in Abuja on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
The minister further described the statement credited to a former Deputy Director of Press of the ministry, Ben Goong, as completely false and without foundation even as he urged universities to go ahead with arrangements for the examination as earlier planned.
According to Adamu, Goong ceased to be a staff of the ministry since November 2016.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has been drawn to a news report in the media claiming that the Minister had issued a directive to universities to cancel the Post-UTME examinations already scheduled.
“The statement, according to the report, was issued by Mr. Ben Goong, Deputy Director of Press.
“The Ministry would like to assert emphatically that:- The report is completely false and without foundation.
“The Minister therefore urges universities to go ahead with their Post- UTME arrangements as earlier planned.
“Mr. Goong, who purportedly issued the statement, ceased to be a staff of the Ministry since November, 2016.”
The statement also warned universities against charging beyond the N2,000 fee stipulated for the examination.
“The attention of the minister has been drawn to some of the institutions who are charging more than the stipulated N2,000.00 (Two Thousand Naira) only.
“The minister views this as an act of insubordination and emphatically redirected that every institution that runs in violation to the directive will be made to face disciplinary action.
“He therefore, asked such institutions to refund to the students immediately. Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been directed to compile list of violators for appropriate sanctions.
“The ministry also urges the media to always endeavour to crosscheck facts with the relevant officials of the Ministry before going to the press, particularly when such sensitive matters of national importance are involved.”