Insecurity in South East
OpenLife Nigeria reports that the growing apprehension over the insecurity and killings in southeastern Nigeria may have been exaggerated after all.
This is the assertion of Professor Is-haq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar.
The professor stated this in Enugu on Wednesday against the backdrop of the peace that has defined the smooth and unhindered conduct of the ongoing 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
According to Oloyede, the security situation in the Southeast is not as media and social media have projected it.
“I came here myself with four directors and nothing has happened to us,” he said.
Speaking further , the registrar said his team was at the Southeast to access what was going on with the conduct of the examinations as well as to visit new University in Ebonyi.
He noted that JAMB registered 1,415,501 candidates in the UTME 2021 and 1,122, 095 had taken the examination so far while 66,111 had yet to take.
According to him, the board has some 650 examination centres across the country, out of which, 30 centres have been delisted for performing below standard.
“53 centres are currently under watch while 600 of them performed excellently.
“It is our wish and desire that the board will continue to ensure that such non performing centres with ulterior motive will not be allowed to participate in the exercise,” he said.
Oloyede explained that the use of National Identity Number (NIN) as directed by the federal government helped to reduce examination malpractice during the examinations.
“We were talking about the bogus 2.2 million candidates, but it has become clearer that more than 500,000 of such number are fake and duplication.
“And we were able to detect this through NIN and now we have realistic number of JAMB candidates,” the registrar said.
He assured that release of the result would not be delayed unnecessarily.
“The result ought to be out by now, but because I am not at the headquarters and I do not want to approve it while on the field.
“But as soon as I get to Abuja today all the examinations up to the one being taken today will be approved and released because we have no reason to continue to hold on to it,” he said.