The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) said it would be holding the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination between March 14 and April 4.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, made this known at a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday in Abuja, where he met with commissioners for education from the 36 states. Oloyede said the registration for the UTME would start on January 13 and end on February 17.
Earlier, The Herald reported that the registrar on Wednesday, said the board would no longer give the usual N100 million to its state offices.
Oloyede made the disclosure at the opening of a two-day meeting with Computer Based Test (CBT) centres, Technical Advisors, Service Providers such as MTN, Airtel, Galaxy Backbone and other stakeholders.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was held at Kongo Conference Hotel, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. Oloyede said: “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 CBC centres are making profit. And if they can make a 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.”
The registrar said they brought in NIN as a condition for registering our candidates for this year, adding that they were also collaborating with NIMC.
According to him, “With current campaign against NIMC, I’m not saying they are not corrupt but for me, I could see deliberate efforts at running down NIMC, so that we can think of not collaborating with them. Those who are benefiting from registration and examination scandals, which have become big industries, are mounting campaign against NIMC.
“I am not saying you should not be vigilant, but, do not let us swallow everything people are saying about them. Based on my interaction with the head of NIMC, they are upright and just last week, five members of their staff were sacked for collecting bribes.”