JAMB remits N5 billion to Nigerian govt; highest ever – Official

A cross-section of candidates writing the 2017 JAMB and UTME computer based examination at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Pro-metrics Centre, in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Saturday (13/5/17).
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A cross-section of candidates writing the 2017 JAMB and UTME computer based examination at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Pro-metrics Centre, in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Saturday (13/5/17). 02637/13/5/2017/Idowu Gabriel/HB/NAN

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says it will not condone multiple registration for Direct Entry and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

The agency also said it had so far remitted more than N5 billion to government, the highest ever in the 40 years of its existence.

A statement signed by JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Fabian Benjamin, said in Abuja on Sunday.

Mr. Benjamin described the act of multiple registration as a serious offence in the process of obtaining the Board’s application forms presently on sale.

He said that the warning had become imperative for people to know and understand that violation of such rule would attract sanctions.

“Candidates are to note that our advertisement for 2017 UTME clearly states the penalty for any candidate caught buying two forms.

“Members of the public are requested to note that any candidate who indulges in double registration will be caught by our software and disqualified.

“The Board is not interested in the candidates’ money as is being insinuated by certain group who suggested to the Board that such registration will enhance the revenue base of the Board.

“No, we are more interested in the credibility of the examination and not the money, if money is our concern we will not be returning over five billion naira to the Federal Government coffers.’’

Mr. Benjamin said this year, the board had so far remitted more than N5 billion to government, the highest ever in the 40 years of its existence.

He said that the money was saved through the transparent and judicious use of resources.

Mr. Benjamin urged candidates to disregard all information on admission, especially cut-off marks being circulated on the net.

According to him, the Board has established new method of admission in line with its mandate to ensure fairness irrespective of tribe and religion and it is determined to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

The JAMB public relations officer said that the Board had held consultations with universities across the country to enable candidates meet the requirement and secure admission without the assistance of anybody.

According to him, no cut-off mark has been arrived at as this can only be done at a policy meeting, which is at the moment yet to be conveyed.

“Do not allow yourselves to be defrauded by internet fraudsters, the policy meeting would commence the 2017 admission with all mode, process and acceptable conditions for admission.

“The Prof. Oloyede led management is working to ensure transparent, acceptable and fair admission process.

“We have designed software known as Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), where human interference will be completely removed, to promote credibility.

“The admission criteria would be keyed into the software and it will select candidates blindly according to the institutions requirement without any primordial consideration.”

(NAN)


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  • Malik Isah

    where are the comments now ?

    • musa aliyu

      We dey o! Jamb na vampires, making money out of the poor us. Only God is for the common man in naija

      • Abdulyeqeen Kale

        Vampires now while making money for the government. but what are before when they were making money to enrich themselves? I think what should be our comments now should be some words of advice, such that now that we now know JAMB can sustain itself to the extent having surplus, then the management could reduce to fee in the subsequent exam. more so, it is never a gainsaying that most of their assets are being acquired by government, they should working towards self subsistence.

        • Mahmud

          THANKS FOR THIS REASONABLE COMMENT.

      • Malik Isah

        thanks o my brother. you do well to respond

  • Sunny0099

    Is JAMB supposed to be a money making venture or a govt. agency that should conduct credible examinations for admissions into Nigerian universities….?

    • Abex229

      Its unfortunate but that’s what they have turned Jamb into – A money making venture for the Government.

      • wode

        The worst part is that nobody even knows where these moneys were before now.

  • Abex229

    Money extorted from poor Nigeria Citizens. Jamb is a money spinning avenue for the Government and it has long outlived its usefulness (if it ever had any). Like other English speaking West African countries, students should be admitted to the university once they pass their WAEC and the Universities entrance exam.

  • So oju abe niko

    It is applaudable that JAMB is apparently self-sustaining, but it should not be a revenue generating venture. When there is a surplus beyond a functional contingency funds, they should put the surplus aside and use it to reduce exam fees over the next few cycles of JAMB exams.

    Examination body like JAMB, WAEC, etc, should not be extorting the public to generate revenue for the government. Also, it is abominable to any government agency to extort the unemployed in search of employment through the sales of application forms. No one should be paying a dime to look for a job. If a government agency finds the need to set up a website for recruiting purposes, it should pay out of its budget for the website set-up and maintenance.

    • El_Komo

      Yes, indeed, you are correct and the head of the agency said this is the next step – reduction in form fees.

  • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

    Calm down all ye, this is commendable. Before now, the usual story has been no money to organise exams hence continuous increment of charges. Meanwhile, the current fee was not set by this present board…..and for the board to rather than share as their predecessors would have, remitted as much as it has done……..this board must be commended.

    • Mahmud

      GOOD.

  • Frank Bassey

    The Prof is doing a good job at JAMB. We are watching with pleasure. All the magomago agents will be sent packing.

  • Harriet

    Good job, kudos to jamb