Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), said the board had allowed Computerized Testing Centers (CBTs) to raise the service fee to 1,000 for its April 9 mock exam.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JAMB is conducting a Mock Unified Higher Matriculation Examination (UTME), which is optional for testing facilities at accredited centers to be used for the test across the country.
The main UTME has been scheduled by the board to commence from May 6 to May 16.
Oloyede, when considering an award by the board of directors of Vanguard Media Ltd. on Tuesday in Abuja, hinted that all arrangements for the smooth running of the exam had been put in place by JAMB.
He explained, however, that the slight increase in the service charge for the examination by the CBT centers was to allow them to do a thorough job due to the increase in the cost of diesel, to power their generators.
“We say we allowed CBT centers to increase the amount. We have not increased the fees; we even said anyone can reduce the fee.
“But we have so far asked centers not to charge more than N700, but now we have seen the reality and said they could charge up to N1,000.
“So the reality is the truth unless we don’t want them to conduct the review. We’ve done the analysis of their expenses and if we insist on putting their air conditioners on, the cost of diesel for their generators must be considered,” he said.
According to the Registrar, the council is not increasing its fees, adding that before now registration documents were N5,000.
“Even the N5,000 was only theoretical.
“We were buying the form in 2020 for N5,000, we are insisting on N5,000 and we are further reducing it from N5,000 to N3,500 and we are not increasing, despite the fact that the cost is increasing.
“So we felt that our partners are the ones to add, while we are making the sacrifice, we cannot impose an unrealistic sacrifice on our partners and that is why we have allowed our partners to charge,” he said. -he declares.
On the award, Oloyede, he congratulated the Vanguard Media Group for the honour, saying “it’s a call to service”.
The Registrar further noted that he would not have been appointed by simply staying in Ilorin, but for the work done on the council.
He said the award was a confirmation of the public’s trust in him as leader of JAMB, noting that many Nigerians had also achieved a lot for the country.
The JAMB boss therefore called on the media to do good reporting on Nigerians who had done well for the country, rather than focusing on bad news just to sell their newspapers.
Also speaking, Mr. Nnanna Ochereome, Chairman of the Editorial Board of Vanguard Media Ltd., congratulated the Registrar for finding him worthy of receiving the award.
Ochereome said the Registrar’s arrival at JAMB paints a picture of a leader capable of turning the tables on the board, adding that Nigeria needs such a leader to transform the country.
“Your coming to JAMB shows a leader who can extract water from stone.
“For what you did at JAMB gives Nigerians hope that one day someone like you, if not you, will end up in the presidential seat because that is what we have been looking for as a country.