JAMB ends N100m subvention to own offices

By Felix Khanoba

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it would no longer give the usual N100 million to its state offices.

Prof. Ish-aq Oloyede, registrar of JAMB, stated this at the opening of a two-day meeting with Computer Based Test (CBT) centres, technical advisors, service providers such as MTN, Airtell, Galaxy Backbone and other stakeholders in Zaria.

“You may recollect that since 2016, we do give at least N100m to state offices for one thing or the other. We want to tell you that this year; no kobo will be released for anybody for anything, because those who are running private CBT centres are making profit.

“And if they can make profit, paying their salaries and doing other things. We are paying salaries of all staff and in addition, we still take care of offices through quarterly allocation.

“We started last year to see how much you bring in, henceforth; I will not go into government coffers to give you money. We can close down any centre that is not useful to us,” he said.

According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, Oloyede said the Board decided to introduce the National Identity Number in the registration process for its examination to curtail incident of examination malpractices.

“You know, there are infractions during registration and examinations and we have punished infractions we detected. We will not tolerate it no matter how little.

“Unless I’m wrong, more than 40 per cent of our candidates have obtained their NIN while the remaining ones are running helter- skelter to have theirs,” he said.

The registrar sought the assistance of Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPRCN) to pay particular attention to CCTV.

Oloyede said they were aware that some CBT centres were tampering with CCTV camera in collaboration with the JAMB technical officers, adding that they would not have been able to do so if the technical officers had not collaborated with them, as it was in the server room.

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