JAMB Reverses ABU Admission For Female Candidate Who Scored ‘309’

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has ordered the management of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) to offer a female candidate from Niger state, Thomas Goodness Shekwobyalo, admission to study Medicine instead of Anatomy she was initially offered.

After scoring 309 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and 274 in Post-UTME, as cited by JAMB; Shekwobyalo , was given Anatomy.

JAMB’s Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede gave the directive in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting with the representative of the Commissioner for Education in Niger State, Bellu Attahiru, the Admission Officer of ABU, Haruna Ali Mohammed and representatives of the Civil Society Organizations.

Goodness had alleged that she was denied the course because of her religion and that she was called to change the course to Anatomy.

But Oloyede said that there was no proof that the girl was denied on religious ground; he also said that she also played a role in the reversal by herself.

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He also said that ABU was wrong in limiting its Merit List to two persons per state.

“We discovered that she has changed her course from Medicine to Anatomy.

”I spoke with her but she said somebody called her to change to Anatomy. Up till now, she has not shown any evidence.

”We discovered that ABU did something wrong. They were distributing merit on state basis. They decided to offer Medicine to two candidates per state.

“One of the achievements of this meeting is how to legitimize her admission into Medicine (MBBS).

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Ishaq reversed the girl’s anatomy admission, and ordered that “ABU should put her on notice that she has been offered to read Medicine” but he added that “it is left to her to accept or reject.”

“JAMB exists to ensure fairness and justice to all. I have addressed many similar cases in about seven universities without sensationalization on the basis of religion or tribalism,” he said.

On his part, Niger’s Commissioner for Education, Attahiru, lauded JAMB for giving the Niger state indigene the admission she wanted.

“It is obvious she was not discriminated along based on religion. I will let the Niger State Government know the facts as laid down today. We thank JAMB for reversing her admission from Anatomy to Medicine,” he said.

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