……decision to uncover the truth about what happened.
By Chioma Peter:
The Anglican Girls Secondary School in Nnewi, owned by the Nnewi Anglican Diocese, where Miss Mmesoma Ejikeme, involved in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) saga, attends, stated on Wednesday that the school has never been involved in any form of examination malpractice throughout its history.
Venerable Geoffrey Motuanya, the synod secretary of the Diocese, addressed reporters regarding the alleged fake JAMB result presented by Mmesoma. He mentioned that the church fully supports the Anambra State government’s decision to uncover the truth about what happened.
“We will abide by any decision after the investigation. We, however, regret that the situation is bringing about negative effect on the girl”, the church said.
Meanwhile, in response to the JAMB/Mmesoma situation, the Anambra State government has established an eight-member inquiry committee tasked with conducting a thorough investigation. The committee will be chaired by Professor Nkemdili Nonyelu.
The other members of the committee include Prof. Mercy Okonkwo, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, Prof. Maduabuchi Dukor, Prof. Jaja Nwanegbo, Rev. Sr. Prof. Mary-Felicia Opara, Rev. Cannon Uchenna Umeifekwem, and Mr. Fred Agbata, who serves as the managing director of Anambra Information Communication Technology Agency.
Mr. Paul Nwosu, the Commissioner for Information, stated that the committee’s findings will be made available to the public. He also emphasized that the state government has been closely following the JAMB/Mmesoma Ejike matter due to its significance.
Nwosu said: “it is important to note that Miss Mmesoma Ejike went to the office of the Anambra State Commissioner for Education, Professor Ngozi Chuma-Udeh with her UTME result to protest that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) didn’t recognize her as the candidate with the highest score.
“The Commissioner in turn called JAMB to confirm her claim but she was told that Mmesoma’s result was forged.
“It was at this point that JAMB authorities invited the Directorate of State Services (DSS) to investigate the matter and make its findings known.
“This was yet to happen when JAMB went public with the matter, thus eliciting the raucous conversations we’ve seen in the media.
“It is not our wish to join the slanging match or take sides at this stage. But as a responsible government we have decided to undertake an independent investigation into the matter.”