The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that it will not spare any snake swallowing public funds in its vaults.
The Board’s Public Relations Officer, Fabian Benjamin made this disclosure during a phone interview with Channels TV on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
Reacting to the story of Ms Philomina Chieshe, an employee of the Board’s Benue office, that a strange snake swallowed the unaccounted N36m missing from the board’s state vault. The missing money is funds from sales of scratch cards in previous years.
In her statement to auditors who came to audit the accounts following the phase-out of the scratch card era, she said:
“It was a mystery to me too. I have been saving the money in the bank, but I found it difficult to account for it.
“So I started saving it in a vault in the office. But each time I open the vault, I will find nothing. I became worried and surprised how the millions of Naira could be disappearing from the vault.
“I began to interrogate everybody in the house and office, and no one could agree on what might have happened to the money. I continued to press until my housemaid confessed.
“She said that the money disappeared spiritually. She said that a mysterious snake sneaked into the house and swallowed the money in the vault.”
Benjamin however said the Board remain unfazed by this turn of event and the board will not allow any fund-swallowing snake to go scot free.
“Let me make it very clear that that information was given out by JAMB in line with the spirit of this administration. We are not very disturbed with the trends and the way Nigerians have turned the whole story around, he stated.
“What we’re doing is to ensure that we stem corruption, that any “snake” that is in the vault misappropriating public funds, swallowing, or whatever, will not be spared.
“What brought this up was the determination of the present administration, led by Professor Oloyede, to ensure that the board is clean of any acts of infraction, misappropriation, or by whatever name it is called,” Benjamin continued.
On the fate of Ms. Chiese, he said, “this particular staff was saddled with the responsibility of selling scratch cards and she sold scratch cards amounting to N36 million, misappropriated this amount, and when she was queried, all she could say was that she kept it in the vault in the office and a particular snake came and swallowed the money.
“Of course, we won’t believe that kind of a story.
“She has undergone all disciplinary processes. A report has been written and forwarded to the appropriate authorities.
“The public service has a process of addressing such issues. At the moment, she’s been queried, appeared before a disciplinary committee, interdicted and is under close watch.
“Once we get the final approval, she’ll be handed over to security agency and the necessary process will be taken to recover the money,” he concluded.