Innoson Automobile Company has withdrawn the scholarship offered to Mmesoma Ejikeme. This followed the report by the Commission of Inquiry established by the Anambra State Government confirming Mmesoma Ejikeme manipulated her 2023 UTME result. The Commission of Inquiry also recommended that Mmesoma immediately tender an unreserved written apology to JAMB, the school (Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, Uruagu Nnewi), and the state government and should undergo psychological counselling and therapy.
This was made known by the Head of Corporate Communications and Affairs, Innoson Group, Cornel Osigwe, on Saturday. He stated 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.