The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that it has suspended about nine out of the over 700 Computer-Based Test centres taking part in the ongoing registration exercise due to alleged engagement in illegal activities; majorly charging candidates more than necessary and engaging in unauthorised use of registration SIM in a manner that is inimical to candidates’ interest.
This information was made available by JAMB in Volume 1, Number 4 of its JAMB Bulletin- a weekly publication of the office of its Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede.
It was gathered that the affected centres include 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 & Shuaib ICT Ltd, Alor, Anambra State, among others.
Other centres suspended are in Plateau, Oyo, Benue and Ondo States including Global ICT Connect Ltd at the Benue State University, Makurdi; Medes ICT Centre, Idepe, Okitipupa, Ondo State; Divine Success All CBT Centre, Iseyin, Oyo State and Riyom ICT Centre, Plateau State.
It was learnt that the board is currently monitoring closely activities at about 10 centres in Lagos and Plateau states, saying its management would meet on January 28, to take appropriate action on these centres.
JAMB Further revealed that it has made a total of of N1.3 billion between January 18 and 24, 2019 as revenue from the ongoing registration for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and other sources including sale and use of its electronic facilities.
According to the examination body, during the week under review, JAMB made N42,457,657 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.
It, however, noted that within the week, it recorded an expenditure of N48.3 million through its expenses on staff claims, legal services, payment for utilities, taxes, travelling, among others.