Mr. Romanus Ejikeme, the father of Mmesoma Ejikeme who had reportedly forged her 2023 UTME result, has apologized to Nigerians and JAMB as he says that his daughter had lied to him.
This comes after his daughter, Joy Ejikeme had confessed to manipulating her result unaided using her smart device.
While speaking in a recent interview with NTA, he admitted that his daughter hadn’t open to him on what she had done. He apologized unreservedly to JAMB and Nigerians for his daughter’s action.
Mr Ejikeme said: “My daughter did not open up to me on time; when I realised her mistake, I blamed her.
“I told her, Mmesoma, be careful; you know you are a star and will not dent your image. But I am still apologising to JAMB and Nigerians as a father to pardon her.”
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Recall, The Nigerian automobile manufacturer, Innoson Automobile Company has withdrawn the N3 million scholarship offered to Mmesoma Ejikeme who manipulated her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result.
This was made known by the Head of Corporate Communications and Affairs, Innoson Group, Cornel Osigwe, on Saturday.
In the panel’s report released earlier, it was recommended that Mmesoma immediately tender an unreserved written apology to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, the school (Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, Uruagu Nnewi), and the state government and should undergo psychological counselling and therapy.
The eight-member panel had been set up by the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, on Wednesday to investigate the ongoing controversy between the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board and Mmesoma, whose UTME result has come under controversy, with the mandate of making its findings public.
Osigwe said the company have been involved in the process of investigating allegations surrounding the 2023 UTME examination results Ejikeme.
He added that subsequent reports of discrepancies in her UTME score led the company to seek clarification from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board and to allow her to voice her stance with a committee set up by the Anambra State Governor, Dr. Charles Chukwuma Soludo.
“In line with these principles and in response to the confirmed findings, we have made the difficult decision to withdraw the scholarship awarded to Miss Joy Mmesoma Ejikeme. This action is a testament to our unyielding commitment to honesty, integrity, and merit-based recognition.
“We acknowledge that this development is regrettable, and it has undoubtedly caused dismay among those who stood by Miss Joy including her school principal and other well-meaning supporters. However, it is crucial to maintain the integrity of our scholarship program and the values it represents,” he said.
IVM added that it believes in rewarding exceptional students who display not just academic prowess but also embody the values of honesty, transparency, and respect for the processes that govern the educational system in Nigeria.