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JAMB shuts down UNIBEN centre, 8 others

By Akon Etumukwa

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has shut down the University of Benin, UNIBEN, ICT Computer Based Test, CBT, centre and nine others over infractions in the registration of candidates for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

JAMB, in its weekly Bulletin, stated that it spelt out the cost for each service, including the cost of obtaining e-pins as reduced by the government and the cost of the reading texts as well as charges for registering candidates, but operators of the suspended centres breached the guidelines.

“Before commencing the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration exercise, the Board had convened a meeting of all CBT operators in Lagos, where the guidelines on the exercise was deliberated and laid out for all to adhere to strictly.

“Earlier, the Board reiterated the directive of the Federal Government for the 2019 e-pins to be sold at N3,500, excluding the cost of the reading text, to ensure absolute compliance. The meeting had also resolved that the cost of registration should not exceed N700.

“Candidates were also to be guided properly on the processes, if for any reasons such assistance is required, without collecting any dime from them.

“Unfortunately, findings from the Board’s monitoring exercise, revealed that some centres were charging higher than the stipulated figure directed by the Federal Government and equally agreed on at the Lagos meeting for other charges,” JAMB stated.

Centres affected by the shutdown are the University of Benin ICT Computer Based Test, CBT, and DA Civic Centre, both in Benin City, Edo State; Mardakem Company Ltd., Oron, Akwa Ibom State; Bintels Global Services LTD, Aguleri, and Noble and Shuaib ICT Ltd, Alor, Anambra State.

Others are Global ICT connect Ltd Markurdi, Benue State; Medes ICT centre, Okitipupa Ondo State; Divine Success All CBT centre Iseyin Oyo state; Riyom ICT Centre Riyom, Plateau state.

The Board noted that it was closely monitoring 10 more centres which are under investigation in Lagos and Plateau states, stating that management would meet during the week to take appropriate action on the centres.

“The Board will continue to monitor the on-going exercise, to ensure that Nigerians are not misled by unpatriotic operators. JAMB monitoring teams are spread all over assistance is required, without collecting any dime from them.

JAMB advised all centre operators and selling outlets to adhere to the Federal Government’s price of e-pins, cost of registration and not to sell any of the documents meant to be issued to candidates free, warning that whoever is caught, would be punished in accordance with the precedence being laid now.

It added that as a regulator, it would continue to protect the candidates to ensure that they are not misled, cheated or frustrated in their quest to acquire tertiary education.

Meanwhile, the board has said it made a total of N1.3 billion between January 18 and 24, 2019 as revenue, explaining that N42,457,657 was made from the use of its electronic facilities; N1,212,800,000 from UTME registration, N13,378,604 as service charges by the CBT centres and N52,657,00 from other sources.

JAMB added that it recorded an expenditure of N48.3 million through its expenses on staff claims, legal services, payment for utilities, taxes, travelling, among others.

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