22 January 2020
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB has withdrawn licenses from 11 tutorial centres for charging candidates exorbitant fees in the ongoing 2020 Unified Teritary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede made this known at an interactive session with stakeholders, in Abuja.
Oloyede said the proliferation of tutorial centres was a major concern as most of the centres engaged in fraud and corruption during registration and examination.
The JAMB boss noted that charging above the stipulated N4,700 for the 2020 UTME registration was illegitimate and would only destroy the nation , as it was an act of fraud and corruption.
” Many people make illegitimate money from the examination and we will be destroying the nation , if we don’t get things right.”
“Prior to 2018 , we sell form for #5000, but the federal government considers so many things and felt the money was much and in 2018, President Mohammadu Buhari decided that the cost should be slashed ,which brought the cost to #3,500.”
“Also prior to this time, there were unscrupulous people selling as high as N10,000 , we now democratized the sale of the forms to make it available so that it will not be possible for those selling to hoard the forms.”
“We felt the banks are overcrowded so we decided to expand the sale outlets , to bring in Mobile money operators to cover all the registered banks “.
“The effect of the expansion is that some people are still penetrating the banks , thereby increasing the cost of sale of the form “he said.
He said that the board pay the sum of N210 as commission for each of the forms sold, to about 2million candidates nationwide , saying extorting the candidates was unjust.
He added that the board was working closely with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), to ensure that any agent who sold above the prescribed fee was brought to book.
He therefore called on NSCDC to assist in arresting any erring centre while also called on candidates to report any centre involved in the act , to commandant in their various states.
Also speaking, the Commandant General, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC ) Mr. Abdullahi Muhammadu urged the board to limit the tutorial centres in the country, while making sure that lists of certified tutorial centres were revealed to reduce infractions as it relates to examination.
Muhammadu also called on commandants in the various states to make integrity their watchword, in order not to betray the confidence the board have in them as well as Nigerians.
The stakeholders present at the meeting include personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), representatives of Commercial Banks, E-transact digital partner network, and other service providers.