As JAMB Set Records In Income Generation

Nigeria News takes a look at the performance of JAMB under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

One of the revelations in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is the income generated by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board in the last three years.

This year, JAMB made over N9 billion despite N200 million annual target. This is a milestone record and a new standard set by the current Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede.

Even though JAMB is not supposed to be a money making government agency, the money accrued from the sales of forms and conducting the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in the past years went into private accounts of individuals who ran the board.

Before he left as the JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde could only remit a maximum of N300, 000 to the government.

This is not to say that the professor of Test Analysis looted the board but under him, there were leakages in which those who worked with him made some cool monies.

But the present administration has since blocked these leakages and Oloyede has tapped into this formula to set a benchmark.

Millions of Nigerian youths write UTME every year but a few of them get university admission. Invariably, many of them re-enroll for the examination, which of course has contributed to the increased population of candidates every year and customarily the income rises for JAMB.

At the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu announced the slashing of the costs Of UTME, SSCE, NECO Forms.

The new arrangement, which takes effect from January next year have it that the costs of JAMB UTME form will now be N3,500 instead of N5,000, while NECO form drops from N11,350 to N9,850.

The Minister also said that the Basic Education Certificate Examination, BECE registration form would drop from 5,500 to 4,000.

This sounds plausible and may also serve as impetus by the All Progressives Congress-led government to worm itself into the hearts of many parents and children as 2019 election draws nearer.

This will not in any way reduce the income being generated by JAMB but a call for more work by the board to increase the number of candidates for UTME.

In all this, the Academic Staff Union of Universities is on strike over the failure of the Federal Government to earmark enough money to the institutions.

I recommend that much of the proceeds UTME should go into the development of the Nigerian universities.

Other examination bodies should be able to emulate JAMB while the current JAMB Boss, Oloyede be given a national award for a job well done.

He was criticized when he came on board by stakeholders in the education sector when he shut many examination centres for lacking facilities to conduct Computer Based Test for candidates.

Oloyode barred many of the centres for involving in examination malpractices and stopped parents from following their children to examination centres.

JAMB has so far doubled its efficiency as results are released within a week of the examination.

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