JUST IN: Innoson withdraws N3 million scholarship awarded to Anambra schoolgirl Ejikeme Mmesoma who faked her UTME result

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The Nigerian automobile manufacturer, Innoson Automobile Company has withdrawn the N3 million scholarship offered to Anambra school girl Mmesoma Ejikeme who manipulated her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result.

This followed the report by the Commission of Inquiry established by the Anambra State Government which confirmed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) allegation against the young girl.

This was made known by the Head of Corporate Communications and Affairs, Innoson Group, Cornel Osigwe, on Saturday.

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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.

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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.

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