By Gabriel Alonta
The Federal Government has warned that it would sanction any tertiary institution which charges more than N2,000 for Post-UTME.
The Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, gave the warning at the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Policy Meeting on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Gbongan, Osun state.
According to the minister, “At the 2017 policy meeting, I endorsed that any institution which was interested in conducting any form of post-UTME screening could do so, but that the gross charge for the screening should not be more than N2,000.
“Once again, let me caution heads of tertiary institutions that it would not be tolerated for any institution to charge any fee beyond the approved N2,000.
“Firmer sanctions than those of last session shall be applied to cases of violation”.
Adamu, however, said that the policy meeting would continue to be the forum where the agenda, guidelines, modalities, and timelines would be set for the purpose of admissions to universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria.
He said that no admission to any tertiary institutions would be announced before the policy meeting.
“It is appreciated that the meeting is being held early enough for the commencement of the new session. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board should ensure that the policy meeting is now held not later than June every year”, Adamu said.
In a remark, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, said that UTME scores were not the cut off marks to gain admission into universities.
Oloyede said the marks were just minimum scores, adding that there were other assessments for consideration before a candidate could gain admission into tertiary institutions.
He said that the number of candidates that were involved in examination malpractices in UTME had reduced drastically.
A statement in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echono, said the approval was with immediate effect.
Echono said the president had also directed the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu to take immediate measures to reposition and refocus NABTEB for greater efficiency and to render its performance more responsive to the expectations of the present administration.
He said the purported suspension of the Registrar, Prof. Ifeoma Abanihe and four other directors of NABTEB had been nullified as it did not conform to due process, especially in the case of the registrar.
He said the board went beyond its powers and in contravention of Section 5 and Section 6 of NABTEB Act.
It was gathered that a special investigative panel was constituted to probe activities of the Registrar of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), Prof. Ifeoma Isuigo-Abanihe and four others.
The panel allegedly uncovered irregularities in contract awards and abuse of office by the embattled registrar.
The registrar and four directors were suspended by the 9th Governing Board of NABTEB at its first regular board meeting held on 19th June at NABTEB headquarters, Benin City, Edo State, following allegations of N49.7 million fraud.
The four affected staff are: Mr. Nnasia Ndarake Asanga, director, finance & accounts, Dr. Obinna Opara, director, examination administration, Alhaji Jimoh Adewola Kasali, director, examinations development and the Procurement Officer, Engr. Edwin Osamo.