The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has shut down seven examination centres out of 11 in Bayelsa State for violating its rules and regulations.
Bayelsa is now left with four centres to cater for about 24,000 candidates, following the examination governing body’s decision. Coordinator of JAMB in the state, Abdusalam Mohammed, said when he visited the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) at their secretariat in Yenagoa that while some of the centres were delisted for duplicating the Virtual Private Network (VPN) of their router, others were axed for charging candidates outrageous fees for registration.
“They duplicated the VPN by moving the router from one location to another, where they did whatever they liked, which is a very big offence. Others were overcharging candidates. During registration we sent out a monitoring team and they came back with the report that candidates were being charged N5, 000 for a service that should ordinarily cost N2, 500,” he said.
Mohammed said the body decided to delist such centres from its platform because they had committed “a very big offence”.
He expressed his delight with the increase in JAMB enrolment in Bayelsa, but lamented the exam’s awareness level in the state.
The coordinator added: “In the past it was difficult to have 20,000 candidates, but this year the number has moved up to over 24, 000 candidates, meaning there is an improvement in the enrolment in Bayelsa. However, awareness of our activities in the state is low.”
Chairman of the NUJ, Comrade Samuel Numonengi, who condemned the operators of the centres delisted, assured the JAMB chief of the body’s cooperation.