How JAMB generated N20bn in 3 years – Registrar Reveals

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Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), declared that it has generated N20 billion from University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) between 2016 and 2019.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of the board made the disclosure during a two-day meeting with Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre Operators, State Coordinators of the Board, Financial Institutions and Internet Service Providers on Thursday in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The Herald gathered that the meeting, which was held at Kongo Conference Hotel, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), aimed at deliberating on issues affecting the board and way forward.

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Oloyede urged CBT centre operators not to worry about their investments while transacting business with the board as long as they were doing their work in accordance with the agreed registration and examination guidelines.

According to him, “You have nothing to fear and you should know that if you put your investments together, it can’t be up to N20bn and we have accrued N20bn in three years as an agency. As an agency of government, we have to ensure that small and medium scale businesses thrive and if you multiply 11 staff by 700, you will know better.

“We are also adding value to the economy and job creation out of your employment market and we will continue to support you once you are doing your work well.”

Meanwhile, The Herald reported that the JAMB said it would create a platform that will enable some candidates who scored 250 and above to know why they are denied placements in their respective schools of choice.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

According to him, the development is to further engender transparency and equity as well ensure that candidates do not fall prey to fraudsters who may claim to be in a position to influence their placements if they (candidate), can meet their terms.

He said: “The board is urging all candidate to have faith in the system as they need not beg, pay or patronise anybody to secure admission. Reports reaching us indicate that some persons have been going around collecting candidates’ registration numbers and scores under the guise of helping them to secure placements in their respective institutions of choice.

“Most of these candidates are high scoring candidates who in the board’s 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) ordinarily could have secured their admission on merit considering the system put in place by the board.”

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