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JAMB Remits N3.5 billion To Nigerian Government

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it has remitted N3.51 billion to the federal government as operating surplus for 2021.

A statement issued by the examination body and signed by its head of public affairs and protocol unit, Fabian Benjamin, noted that the remittance “is in line with Prof. Is-haq Oloyede’s avowed commitment to prudent management of public resources.”

But a top official of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the umbrella organisation for all university lecturers in Nigeria, has described the JAMB’s ‘conduct’ as a reflection of the ‘exploitation’ of the people by the Nigerian government.

The coordinator of the Lagos zone of ASUU, Laja Odukoya, who spoke with our reporter on the phone on Wednesday after JAMB’s announcement, said “Nigerians must see behind the smokescreen of what is regarded as performance by the examination body, and take it for what is truly called, exploitation”.

JAMB spokesperson, Mr Benjamin, when reached, declined comments on Mr Odukoya’s assertions.

JAMB said since 2016 when the new leadership of the examination body began to remit excess funds to the government, the practice has continued till date.

The body said the development has also led to the reduction in the amount charged for the registration of its examination from N5,000 to N3,500. It said by the reduction alone, more than N3 billion has been saved for the parents and guardians who pay for the candidates that sit its examination.

The statement reads in part; “This commitment to probity coupled with the adoption of international best practices make for cost-effective operational processes and attendant savings to yield those humongous remittances to government coffers. This has been the norm rather than the exception in the last six years beginning from 2016 when he (Oloyede) remitted the whopping sum of N7 billion and repeated the same in subsequent years.

“It is pertinent to note that one of the direct benefits of the sustained remittances by the Prof. Oloyede-led management manifested in the reduction of the cost of the application documents (UTME and DE) by candidates from N5000 to N3500 in 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari. This singular act has ensured the annual transfer of over N3b to the pockets of parents and guardians of candidates as a consequence of the slash in the price of UTME forms.”

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Student Who Had F9 In NECO Celebrates Emerged Best Graduating Student

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A first-class graduate of the University of Ibadan (UI) took to Facebook to share his grass-to-grace story, following his graduation from the school.

The student named Mayowa Joshua Amusan said he had parallel F9 in the first NECO examination he sat for and proceeded to write WAEC three other times before he finally succeeded and gained admission to study Agricultural Technology in the polytechnic, Ibadan.

Amusan went on to reveal that though he graduated with distinction from the polytechnic, he was reluctant to purchase the post-UTME form for UI to further his education because he was scared he wouldn’t pass the exams.

However, with the support of his family, he was able to get the form and got admission into UI to study Agricultural Economics, where he did not only graduate with a first-class but also emerged as the best graduating student from the department.

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Student Who Had F9 In NECO Celebrates Emerged Best Graduating Student

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A first-class graduate of the University of Ibadan (UI) took to Facebook to share his grass-to-grace story, following his graduation from the school.

The student named Mayowa Joshua Amusan said he had parallel F9 in the first NECO examination he sat for and proceeded to write WAEC three other times before he finally succeeded and gained admission to study Agricultural Technology in the polytechnic, Ibadan.

Amusan went on to reveal that though he graduated with distinction from the polytechnic, he was reluctant to purchase the post-UTME form for UI to further his education because he was scared he wouldn’t pass the exams.

However, with the support of his family, he was able to get the form and got admission into UI to study Agricultural Economics, where he did not only graduate with a first-class but also emerged as the best graduating student from the department.

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Yobe Government Slashes Civil Servants’ Salaries By 10% To Repair Schools Boko Haram Destroyed

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Yobe State government has considered slashing the salaries of its civil servants by 10 percent to repair schools wrecked by Boko Haram terrorists in the state.

Governor Mai Mala Buni-led government disclosed this in a statement by the state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Muhammad Lamin.

Lamin who spoke at a press briefing on Monday in Damaturu, the state capital, said insurgency had impacted negatively on the educational sector in the state.

He explained that the decision to take a cut from salaries of the government workers was to ginger collective action to revive the sector ravaged by a decade-long insurgency.

“Apart from reaching out to people outside government, we feel that civil servants in the state should also give their modest contribution to the programme by contributing 10 per cent of their November basic salary. By this briefing, therefore, civil servants are informed that the deduction will be for only the month of November 2021,” Mr Buni had pointed out.

“In this regard, the government is appealing to civil servants in the state to heartily support the government in her bid to rescue our state from the catastrophe of educational decay,” the statement added.

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