The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Tuesday apprehended some agents of an accredited online payment service for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), for allegedly charging above the approved cost.
The board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this to newsmen while monitoring the UTME/Direct Entry (DE) registration in Bwari, Abuja.
According to him, the agents, who worked for Unified Payments Services (UPS), charged some candidates the sum of N4,500, as against the approved cost of N4,000, for the registration.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the agents, operated in shops situated opposite JAMB Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre, Kogo in Bwari.
“What we are seeing now is quite unfortunate and disappointing, because we had a meeting with accredited vendors before now and agreed that out of the N3,500 generated for each e-pin, they have a N210 commission.
“The essence of the sacrifice is to ensure that no candidate is exploited.
“If a vendor wants to have agents, he should be willing to have their interest at heart and pay them from his commission because we have no business with them.
“We have agreed, based on the federal Government’s directive, to sell these forms for nothing more than N4,000; N3,500 for e-pin and N500 for the English reading text.
“We pointed this out to vendors that it was a presidential directive so that Nigerians are not exploited and we are ready to protect this.
“For any agent to sell above the approved price is unlawful and unacceptable; as we speak now, United Payments Service has been suspended from the sale of the 2020 UTME/Direct Entry (DE) forms,” Benjamin said.
Benjamin also said that the board had set out a team of investigators across all its centres nationwide to fish out those who perpetrate acts that were contrary to the rules and regulations of the board.
He also said that any bank or selling outlet that sells N1 above the approved price would be suspended and whatever deposit they had with JAMB would be confiscated.
Benjamin also advised candidates against registering from public examination tutorial teachers as they were not accredited vendors of the board.
Whoever registers with them, he said, would be disqualified from sitting for the examinations.
He, however, explained that the agents, who were caught in the act, had been asked to return the extra N500 they charged to the candidates and had since been handed over to the Police for further investigation.
Ayuba Darius, one of the candidates who paid the agents above the cost for the registration, said that he paid the sum because he needed to meet up work time and was encouraged by the agents to do so.
He said that although his receipt showed N4,000, he paid the agent N4,500 for the service.
One of the agents, Inyang Patrick, who denied the accusation, said that he only charged the candidates the approved sum, adding that he was not in charge of the operation but assisted his boss who was absent.
However, Mr Isah Omagu, Director Marketing, UPS Lagos, who spoke to NAN in a telephone interview, said that the service did not ask the agents to charge any additional sum.
“We are a responsible organisation and cannot be associated with such.
“We work with the regulation of JAMB; any agent, who is not in order, will be sacked immediately,” he said.
He also said that the service had agreed to pay the agents N180 out of the N210 generated from each e-pin, adding that it had never asked them to charge anything higher.
NAN reports that the 2020 registration commenced on Monday, Jan. 13, and will end Feb. 17.
Edited by: Abiodun Esan and Ephraims Sheyin
NDA screening test to hold Aug. 15 – Registrar
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) says the screening test for all its candidates will hold on Aug. 15 at designated centres across the country, starting from 7:00 am.
The NDA Registrar, Brig.-Gen. Ayoola Aboaba, announced this in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday.
“This is to bring to the attention of candidates that the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) screening test will now hold on Aug. 15 at designated centres by 7:00 am. prompt.
“All candidates are expected to come with their acknowledgment card, NDA screening test admission card, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration slip and two postcard size (3.5 x 5 inches) photographs.
According to him, each candidate is to write his/her JAMB registration number, full names, state of origin, chosen course, name of test centre and signature at the back of the photograph.
“All candidates are to wear their facemasks and face shields, as any candidate without these protective equipment will not be allowed to write the test.
“Please note for strict compliance,” Aboaba said in the statement.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Council boss purchases 300 GCE forms for indigent students
Famuyiwa said, during the distribution of the forms at the Council Secretariat in Abule Egba, Lagos, that the gesture was to assist families facing challenges at this trying time in the country.
“It has also greatly affected the finances of individuals.
“For this reason, I and my team have decided to alleviate the effect by purchasing and distributing GCE forms to some of our children who due to the financial situation cannot afford to purchase one,” he said.
He added that the beneficiaries were selected by the various leaders and stakeholders within the community to ensure that only truly indigent youth were picked.
The chairman, however, urged the beneficiaries of the free forms to utilise the opportunity given to them to better their lives.
According to him, he will be happier and will be prompted to do more if the beneficiaries pass the examination excellently.
Mrs Olapeju Akin-Ajayi, the Council Manager, in her remarks appreciated the council chairman for the kind gesture shown to the indigent students in the various communities in the LCDA.
Akin-Ajayi advised the students to study hard and desist from relying on anyone to write the exams for them as their success in the exam would encourage the LCDA to do more in the future.
She appealed to the council boss to consider giving free JAMB form to students who would possess the qualification at the appropriate time.
Mrs Iretioluwa Akinlolu, the Head of Education Department, Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA, also appreciated the chairman for his efforts to ameliorate the effect of the economy on the students educational pursuit.
Mr Elijah Adenuga, one of the beneficiaries, commended the council boss for his kind gesture.
Adenuga said he could not contain his joy, adding that the chairman had given him hope to further his education.
He promised to study hard and pass his exams in flying colours and prayed heartily for the success of the present LCDA administration.
Miss Adeyeye Deborah, another beneficiary, said that she was happy for the kind opportunity given to her by the council boss to further her academic pursuit.
“This is a great privilege given to me because my mother is a petty trader and it will take a while before she can gather money to purchase this forms for me, I really appreciate this kind gesture,” Adeyeye said.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
UNIMAID partners Immigration to checkmate activities of foreign students
Shugaba stated this on Friday when he received the Comptroller of NIS in Borno, Mr Ismaila Mohammed, who was on a familiarisation visit to the university.
He said that the move was imperative as the institution had been battling with some of the students who claimed to be foreign students but had certificate of origin from local governments in Nigeria.
He said: “The authentic foreign students association in the institution have always conducted themselves very well, while those with purported dual citizenship have always been a problem to the institution.
“Foreign students in the university are one of our most difficult problems here. JAMB will always insist that we admit a certain percentage of foreign students.
“To us , our doors are open to foreign students wherever they may come from in the entire world but the ones that we are constantly in touch with here are the Chadians, Nigeriens and Cameroonians.
“These are the ones closer to us. Sometimes we have had students from Mali, Senegal and Ghana.”
According to him, there are some coming from Niger that will tell you they are from Katsina, adding that the institution will relate with the immigration to solve some of these problems.
“As an institution of learning, our doors are always open to institutions and organisations that are interested in our activities.
“Immigration has been one of the government agencies that is very much interested in sending their staff for studies and a good number of your staff are studying in this institution.
“We encourage other forces like the Nigerian Army to also do same. The DSS are trying as well,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, Mohammed appealed to the Vice Chancellor to continue to accord priority to his staff who apply for admission in the school.
Mohammed also promised to work closely with the vice chancellor to solve the problem of students claiming dual nationalities at the institution.
“By the laws of Nigeria, only the President and Commander in Chief can approve dual citizenship for an individual.
“People can’t just claim to have dual nationalities without undergoing the due process and approval. We will work closely with you to solve some of these problems,” he said.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
UTME: Institutions to begin first, second choice admissions Aug 21
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed all tertiary institutions to begin the conduct of the first and second choice admissions from August 21.
The board gave the directive in the 2020 admission guidelines released in Abuja by the board Spokesperson, Dr Benjamin Fabian.
Dr Fabian, in the guidelines, warned institutions against duplication of forms, adding that they should desist from selling forms for admissions into some listed programmes.
He urged institutions to advise candidates to apply for the programmes through its office, saying that all admission exercise must be conducted on the Central Admission Processing System.
“All applications for admissions to First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovation Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into full-time, distance learning, part-time, outreach, sandwich, etc, must be processed only through JAMB.
”Institutions that desire to place advertisement can do so by advising candidates who applied for the current Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to change to their institution as first choice rather than requesting the candidates to purchase another application form or apply.
”This is to prevent the issue of double registration which is a violation of the JAMB mandate,” he said.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)