Written by Godfrey AKON

JAMB: UNIBEN must apologise over shady CBT centre

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said the University of Benin shall be required to apologise to the Board and the nation at large, if evidence is adduced to prove the infraction committed on the ground of a highly respected institution as UNIBEN.

JAMB’s remarks followed the denial of allegations of irregularities in the registration of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, which led to the suspension of UNIBEN’s Computer Based Test, CBT, centre.

Head of JAMB Public Affairs, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement issued in Abuja, refuted a statement by the University that the suspension of its CBT centre was done hastily and without proper investigation.

Fabian said the Registrar of the Board, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, being a former Vice-Chancellor was shocked and more disturbed with evidences of the extortion of candidates by the university’s CBT centre.

Recall that JAMB suspended the university’s CBT centre over breach of the code governing the 2019 UTME registration exercise.

The board noted in its weekly bulletin that the centre was collecting N7,000 per candidate and acting contrary to registration procedures.

However, UNIBEN, in a statement issued by Mr. Michael Osasuyi said the conclusion to suspend the centre was done hastily and without proper investigation.

Meanwhile, the Board has asked the university to do a thorough investigation to identify the bad eggs in the shameful episode before further development.

“The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to a press release by the University of Benin on the suspension of the University CBT centre on the breach of the code governing the 2019 UTME registration exercise.

“The Board appreciates the University of Benin press release by Mr. Michael Osasuyi where he “commended JAMB for swiftly putting up measures to check extortion of candidates in the registration exercise”.

“However, the Board refutes the comment that the conclusion was done hastily and without proper investigation.

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