Eight Months Into ASUU Strike, Admission Seekers Struggle With Uncertainty

Virtually all schools were closed across Nigeria between March and July 2020. Most schools only fully reopened in January 2021, with social distancing measures in place. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

When Sofia Yusuf registered for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), she hoped to get admission into one of the nation’s leading universities as soon as possible.

Having scored 260 in the yearly entrance examination on her first attempt, Sofia’s dream of studying Agriculture Economics at the University of Ibadan (UI), became closer to reality. 

But months after the UTME, the Lagos-based admission seeker is still stuck at home due to the lingering industrial dispute between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). In fact, Sofia has yet to sit for the University of Ibadan POST-UTME screening, one of the hurdles she must scale before getting admission into the school. 

Just like Sofia, thousands of candidates who sat for the 2022 UTME and seeking admission into public varsities are still at home, unsure of their admission status due to the protracted ASUU strike.

According to a document released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as of last August, public universities had not processed about 461,000 admissions due to the varsity teachers’ strike which has lasted for more than seven months. 

“Some institutions confirmed suspending the process because of the ASUU strike; ASUU strike is a factor; many institutions are yet to commence 2021 admissions despite repeated appeals,” the JAMB document read.

ASUU, which started the latest strike in February, is pushing for the signing and implementation of the 2009 negotiated deal it reached with the Federal Government. The union is also calling for the revitalisation of public universities in Nigeria and the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) for the payment of members instead of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) currently deployed by the Federal Government. 

While other university unions such as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SANNU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) called off their strike, negotiations between ASUU and the government have since halted and the dispute shifted to the courts.

Like the proverbial grass that suffers when two elephants fight, admission seekers are one of the sets of persons caught in the crossfire between the Federal Government and the public universities’ lecturers. 

The National President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim, admitted challenges that universities may face due to the admission backlog.

This is a source of concern for him. 

“The strike will definitely affect the 2022 admission…,” he said.

Costly Alternatives

 

UNILAG is one of the top Nigerian universities affected by the industrial stalemate.

 

Unsure of their admission status, the alternatives for these admission seekers are limited and even costly. 

Data from Statista shows that the most expensive private universities in Nigeria charge between N800,000 to N2.4 million per session as tuition fees for an undergraduate programme. The cheaper alternatives take an average of N300,000 based on findings by this writer. 

Going abroad is even costlier. For instance, each Nigerian student in the United Kingdom pays an average of £12,000 just for tuition, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). 

While these institutions could have been good options, their fees are mostly beyond the reach of many Nigerians, a fact one of the UTME candidates, Favour Ogbonna, admitted.

“I wanted to enroll in a [private university] but due to some circumstances, I can’t do such. I changed [my choice of school] because my sponsor said going to a federal university is what is within his budget,” the candidate, who scored 351 in the UTME, said. “So, I just have to change it (to a federal university).

Asides from private and foreign universities, some admission seekers are looking elsewhere. 

Sofia said she “will go for another option” which may be a polytechnic or other higher institutions of learning like a state university (some of them don’t join the ASUU strike). 

It is a similar story for another UTME candidate who simply identified herself as Tolani.  

The youngster, who chose the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) where she intends to study Political Science, said, “Maybe I will apply for a polytechnic”.

On his part, Opeyemi Akinwade said he is “considering enrolling in a state university – because some of them are not part of ASUU”   – meaning they are not on strike. 

Worried Parents, Students

Students had in the wake of the strike protested across the country.

 

For parents, however, the lingering strike has implications beyond the inability to gain admission.

One of them, Mr. Wale Oni, has joined calls for the prompt resolution of the dispute.

He fears that a lack of study and opportunities may push desperate students into crime.

“An idle hand is the devil’s workshop,” the Lagos parent warned.

The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) said they are ready to support the government if funding is the issue.

“For the mere fact that they cannot resolve the issue amicably and make the lecturers go back to the universities and teach, means that we as parents are claiming it is because of lack of money, and if it is a lack of money, we want to partner with them; contribute,” NAPTAN Chairman Akwa Ibom State, Okuetong Ataide, said.

Admission seekers, who spoke with Channelstv.com, corroborated Oni’s fears about the industrial action, saying their parents are unhappy about the development.

“My parents are worried about the development and me not resuming despite my high score,” Favour admitted.

A University of Benin (UNIBEN) prospect, Faith Edobor Ivie, said her parents share a similar concern. The direct entry candidate said, “the lingering strike has been quite devastating to them”.

She said her inability to sit for the entrance exam at the school has left her “terrified”.

“Most of the time I feel terrified because this is like the first time my quest for knowledge in my academics is been hindered and quite uncertain,” she lamented.

The lady, who is seeking admission to study Mass Communication in one of Nigeria’s leading public varsities, admitted that having been left in limbo since the strike started, the “hope that things will get better depreciates day by day”.

In Opeyemi’s case, the uncertainty about his admission status has ramped up the expectations. 

He said, “everyone expects me to be in school by the end of the year at least”. 

Skilling Up 

Admission seekers are “skilling up” while waiting for admission.

 

As their hopes of gaining admission hang in uncertainty, some of these UTME candidates are seizing the opportunity to either acquire skills or get temporary jobs. 

Favour said she was “into computer training before sitting for UTME [and I am continuing] working under training. I started before the recent ASUU strike”.

Her venture into computer training may have informed her decision in seeking to study Computer Science at the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri. 

Tolani’s case is almost the same. She is “learning fashion design while awaiting the end of the ASUU strike”. 

While also “preparing for the POST-UTME”, Sofia said she is “actually learning fashion designing while waiting until ASUU calls off the strike”. 

Faith told Channelstv.com that she is “currently an apprentice undergoing training as a hairstylist” as part of strategies to keep herself engaged. 

Opeyemi’s story is slightly different from hers. Having scored 240 in the UTME, the Agriculture student prospect of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) said: “I work and help someone in their office to sell something”.

But those who sat for the 2022 UTME are not the only ones affected by the long-drawn ASUU strike. In some schools, students admitted to study for the 2021/2022 academic session are yet to resume classes.

According to the SSANU president, this has left schools with a huge pile of admissions to process. 

“As you are aware, most universities have not completed their last session,” the SSANU chief added.

“So, there was already an admission that people just registered and had not even started attending lecturers before the strike commenced. About three sets of students are waiting to be admitted to start their courses. The system is saturated.”

One such person who falls into this category of students yet to start lectures even after gaining admission is Afro-fusion maverick Divine Ikubor better known in the entertainment circles as Rema. 

The Dumebi crooner, who had gained admission into the Creative Arts department of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), had lamented the shutdown of academic activities in universities.

“ASUU, since dem give me admission I neva start school o, e don do nau!” the rapper tweeted in Pidgin English in April. 

When the Federal Government introduced the ‘No work, no pay’ policy– which it later set up a committee to review – one of ASUU’s arguments against the move was that the lecturers have a backlog of work to do once the strike ends. 

“For these two sets of students that have been admitted by JAMB, we have to teach them over these periods to ensure that we meet up with the system,” the union’s president, Emmanuel Osodeke argued. “So, we are going to do the backlog of the work we have left behind.”

He maintained that if the government insists on non-payment of the backlog of salaries, “the lectures we should have given [to students] for 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 [sessions], should be allowed to go so we start a new session, 2022/2023, in September”.

Legal Brawl, Twists, And Turns

A photo combination of the ASUU president and Ngige.

 

Frustrated by ASUU’s insistence, the Federal Government dragged the union to the National Industrial Court. In the September 21 ruling, the court ordered the lecturers to return to the classrooms. While the varsity teachers filed an appeal, the judgement again did not go in their favour. 

The Court of Appeal, which granted ASUU “conditional leave to appeal the order of the Industrial Court” mandated the union to resume lectures immediately – that is on October 7th, 2022. 

Before then, the Federal Government in what appeared to be a move to break ASUU’s ranks, registered and issued licenses to two factional unions – the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA) and the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA). The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the unions will function alongside ASUU. 

But ASUU dismissed the move, insisting it is not bordered by the Federal Government’s action. 

“That does not in any way affect us. We are a disciplined and focused union and we know what we are doing and what we are after,” Osodeke said. “Let them register as many unions as they like. The sky is big enough for birds to fly”.

ASUU also claimed the bodies are illegal, vowing to take legal action against the Federal Government.

While several students had in the past protested against the strike, blocking major roads across the country, and even describing the earlier rulings “as black market judgement’, some are now calling for an out-of-court settlement.

Though hopes are high that the eight-month strike will end soon, the impacts of the industrial action would linger for a long time. Even if ASUU calls off the strike today, the air of uncertainty for admission seekers, the backlog of lectures, and the processing of their admissions will remain big issues.

Pay Salary Backlog Or Forget Unfinished Academic Sessions, ASUU Tells FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted on the payment of the salary backlog to lecturers, maintaining that without the move, unfinished academic sessions should be forgotten.  

President of the union Professor Emmanuel Osodeke made the remark on Friday, explaining that though public varsities have been shut since February, the lecturers should be paid since they have to teach to make up for time lost during the closure.

Osodeke was speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily following the government’s insistence on non-payment of the lecturers over the industrial action.

“If we agree on that, therefore, the lectures we should have given [to students] for 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 [sessions], should be allowed to go so we start a new session, 2022/2023, in September,” Professor Osodeke added.

“Therefore, by July next year, I would go on my leave as we used to have in those days so that the backlog is gone. All the lectures that remain; all the two sets of admissions that JAMB has given that are waiting should become irrelevant.”

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A file photo of ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, addresses journalists in Abuja on November 15, 2021.

 

He explained that when “other unions go on strike and come back, all those periods for which you are on strike, you don’t need to do the backlog of work.

“But for ASUU, when we go back today, we are going to start from the 2020/2021 session. For these two sets of students that have been admitted by JAMB, we have to teach them over these periods to ensure that we meet up with the system.

“So, we are going to do the backlog of the work we have left behind. We are not going to start today and say ‘This session is 2022/2023, therefore, all these two sets of people that have been admitted by JAMB are cancelled. We have to take another admission for the 2023/2024 session’.”

The ASUU chief also said the union does not need a pity party over the government’s withholding of the lecturers’ wages,  maintaining that the union “can take care” of its members.

‘Hard Decisions’ Needed To End ASUU Strike – JAMB Registrar

The registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities to sheathe its sword and come to a truce with the Federal Government over their ongoing strike.

According to the JAMB registrar, both parties will have to take hard decisions if the issues are to be solved permanently,

He made the comments during a tour of some centres in Lagos where JAMB’s mop-up Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination held.

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“I appeal to ASUU, I appeal to government,” Professor Oloyede said. “Please solve the problem so our children can go back to school.

“Even if ASUU goes back to the classroom, that will not prevent it from happening tomorrow.

“I believe that what we should do is to look at the system. And take some very hard decisions.

“If we do not take hard decisions, we are postponing the evil day.”

JAMB Announces 140 As Cut Off Mark For 2022 University Admission

2020 UTME: JAMB Releases New Batch Of Results

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB and heads of tertiary institutions in the country have fixed the minimum cut-off mark for admissions in the 2022/2023 academic session.

At the 2022 Policy meeting on Admissions presided over by the Minister of Education in Abuja, the minimum cut-off marks for universities is pegged at 140 while Polytechnics and colleges of education have 100 as minimum.


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The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who announced the cut-off after votes by vice-chancellors of universities, rectors of polytechnics and provosts of colleges of education, said the implication is that every institution has the right to fix its own cut-off mark even up to 220.

However, no one will be allowed to go below the agreed minimum cut off marks of 100 for colleges of education, 100 for polytechnics and 140 for universities.

The meeting also advocated the need for a review of admission criteria to give 10per cent discretional power of admission to heads of tertiary institutions.

In terms of performance for 2022, the JAMB Registrar said only 378,639 of the 1,761,338 who took the examination in 2022 scored 200 or higher.

According to him,  378,639 candidates scored above 200; 520,596 candidates scored 190 and above; 704,991 scored 180 and above; 934,103 scored 170 and above; 1,192,057 scored 160 and above.

In 2022, the Board changed how it dealt with candidates awaiting results.

Professor Oloyede said, “JAMB allowed awaiting results candidates to register and sit for the 2022 UTME. These candidates can’t be considered for admission on awaiting result status. They must present their O’level results on the board’s portal before the commencement of admissions.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, called on institutions to adhere strictly to all admission regulations prescribed by the regulatory bodies such as the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).

“During the 2021 Policy Meeting, I advised tertiary institutions to adopt a more flexible posture in the admissions process provided all actions are in compliance with the guidelines. One size fits all is injurious, hence, the statutory stipulations that in the exercise of its functions, JAMB should not obliterate the peculiarities and unique features of each of the Institutions,” he said.

How To Check 2022 UTME Results – JAMB

A file photo of applicants taking the UTME examination

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has explained how candidates can check the results of their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The UTME is the entrance examination for most higher institutions in the country.

Spokesperson Fabian Benjamin, in a statement, said candidates should send UTMERESULT to 55019 using the same phone number used to register for the examination.

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“This is the only process of checking the 2022 UTME results for now as the Board has not uploaded it on its website for obvious reasons,” the statement said.

“In addition, candidates are forewarned that they would, as usual, receive all kinds of messages from desperate fraudsters on how to check their results different from the aforementioned one.

“Hence, the Board urge all candidates to ignore all such messages on how to check their 2022 UTME results as they are all products of deceit aimed at misleading them.

“The Board, in line with its desire to adhere to the ease of doing business protocol of the government, has emplaced this user-friendly and simplified process of checking UTME results.

“Furthermore, this simplified process would also serve to preclude the unconscionable exploitation of candidates by shylock business centres and cybercafes which often take advantage of hapless candidates.”

JAMB Releases Result Of 2022 UTME

A file photo of applicants taking the UTME examination

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has released the results of the 2022 edition of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The UTME is the entrance examination for most higher institutions in the country.

Spokesperson Fabian Benjamin, in a statement, said candidates should send UTMERESULT to 55019 using the same phone number used to register for the examination.

“This is the only process of checking the 2022 UTME results for now as the Board has not uploaded it on its website for obvious reasons,” the statement said.

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“In addition, candidates are forewarned that they would, as usual, receive all kinds of messages from desperate fraudsters on how to check their results different from the aforementioned one.

“Hence, the Board urge all candidates to ignore all such messages on how to check their 2022 UTME results as they are all products of deceit aimed at misleading them.

“The Board, in line with its desire to adhere to the ease of doing business protocol of the government, has emplaced this user-friendly and simplified process of checking UTME results.

“Furthermore, this simplified process would also serve to preclude the unconscionable exploitation of candidates by shylock business centres and cybercafes which often take advantage of hapless candidates.”

2022 UTME: Candidates Can Now Print Notification Slips, Says JAMB

A file photo of candidates at a UTME centre.

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed all candidates who registered for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to start printing their 2022 UTME notification slips from Saturday.

JAMB’s Director of Information and Technology Services, Mr Fabian Okoro, made the announcement via a statement released to JAMBULLETIN ahead of this year’s exercise.

According to the statement, the 2022 UTME notification slip is available for printing by all candidates who registered for the examination scheduled to hold from May 6 to 14.

Okoro stressed that the printing of examination notification slip was compulsory for all candidates, as it enables them to know the venue, date, session and time of their examination.

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“All candidates are advised to print slips on time so as to know the location of their examination centres, date of their scheduled sessions and time of the examination beforehand, especially with the adjustment in examination schedules this year,” he said.

“This would guide them in making necessary arrangements ahead of the exercise as the board frowns at lateness to its examination; no excuses would be entertained from any candidates as a stitch in time, saves nine.

“Candidates need not visit any CBT centres for the printing of the notification slip as it can be done at any available internet point, be it private or public. To print the slip, candidates are to visit https://www.jamb.gov.ng then click on 2022 UTME slip printing then insert registration number to print.”

The slip contains candidates’ important details such as registration number, the centre to which they were to sit the examination within their chosen examination town, and the expected time to be at the centre.

In a related development, the board insisted that all candidates would be checked into the examination hall using the Biometric Verification Machine (BVM) – a register of attendance in line with its policy of ‘no biometric verification, no examination’.

It stressed that no examination would be rescheduled for whatever reason, saying candidates must prepare ahead and stay close to their examination venues and if possible, pay a prior visit to their centres before the date of the examination.

JAMB asked candidates to be careful not to run afoul of the law, especially at it relates to prohibited items, saying necessary sanctions would be meted out to violators of its code of conduct.

These include flash drives, smart watches, calculators, recorders, mobile phones, spy reading glasses and jewelleries, among others.

Former JAMB Boss Diverted N15m For Radio License – ICPC Witness

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A file photo of former JAMB Registrar, Professor Adedibu Ojerinde.

 

A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, was Wednesday told how the former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, allegedly diverted N15 million from the board to set up a personal radio station in his hometown.

Prosecution witness, retired Air Commodore Najeem Sanusi, who testified before the trial judge, Justice Obiora Egwuata, of court 9, in the ongoing trial of Ojerinde, told the court that he was given bank drafts of N15 million on the directives of the defendant, to procure a radio license from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Sanusi was brought before Justice Egwuata, to testify in a 10-count charge of official corruption and abuse of office brought against Ojerinde by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

This is according to a statement signed by ICPC spokesperson, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua.

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The witness told the court that he was a co-owner of Ifelodun Communications limited with the former JAMB boss, who is a leader in their community in Oke-Ogun in Oyo State, with the one million shares of the company split into 500,000 units each for both of them.

Led in evidence by counsel to ICPC, Olubunmi Olugasa, Sanusi who was a former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Air Force told the court how he approached the former JAMB boss with the proposal to set up a radio station having gotten approval from NBC.

He said, “In 2015 after retirement, I sought a license from the Federal Government. I obtained the form from NBC and went to brief our leader. He welcomed my noble idea. There and then, he called his lawyer, Peter Oyewole to come to his house for a meeting.

“We agreed in the meeting held in his house that the name of the company should be Ifelodun Communications and we should go ahead and register the company with his name because that is the prerequisite for obtaining a license from NBC.

“He asked that we should allot 500,000 shares to him and 500,000 to myself. The defendant then called Mr. Jimoh Olabisi who happened to be an accounting staff of JAMB and in a meeting in his house in Maitama, Abuja, he said that any matter related to financial issues should be directed to Mr. Jimoh. Subsequently, Jimoh gave me bank drafts of N15 million to pay NBC as part of the requirements for obtaining a license. I paid the draft to NBC, gave original documents to Jimoh Olabisi, and kept photocopies of the documents for my records.”

The witness further told the court that the radio station was set up in the personal house of the defendant in the Owode Area of Igboho, Oyo State, saying that station was located in a compound where his late mother also lived and an adjoining plot of land was purchased to accommodate the mast and antenna.

The court further heard how the witness introduced an equipment vendor but the defendant later used his son, Olumide Ojerinde, a serving member of the House of Representatives to procure studio equipment and mast for the radio station.

Documents that included photocopies of the agenda for the meeting held with the defendant to discuss proposals for the setting up of the radio station as well as bank drafts for the license paid to NBC were tendered before the court.

Counsel to Ojerinde, Ibrahim Ishiyaku, SAN, as opposed to the admissibility of the documents, arguing that the prosecution had not laid a proper foundation why the originals or certified true copies of the document could not be presented in court.

ICPC Counsel, Olugasa while citing Section 57 (c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, however, prayed the court to admit the documents arguing that they were personal copies of the witness bearing his signatures and records of all the transactions.

The trial judge, after listening to arguments from both parties, adjourned the matter to 7th and 8th June, 2022 for ruling on the admissibility of the documents and continuation of the hearing.

Mock-UTME: Diesel Price, Others Force JAMB To Increase Service Charge

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A file photo of candidates at a UTME centre.

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has announced an increase in the service charge for this year’s mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Less than a week to the optional examination, the board disclosed that the service charge has been increased by N400.

It stated that while the examination would be conducted freely at its centres, JAMB said candidates willing to take part would have to pay N1,000 to their Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres as a service charge.

It explained that the mock examination was introduced to give candidates the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the CBT environment.

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“The candidates who indicated their interest to take the examination are to pay the N1000 at their respective centres for the use of the private facilities deployed for the examination,” the board said in its weekly bulletin.

“However, candidates assigned to JAMB owned centres would not be required to pay for the use of the centres.

“Much as the Board would like to keep the cost at a minimum, the prevailing high cost of diesel and other consumables has necessitated the increase from N600 to N1,000 to enable the CBT centres to provide the needed infrastructure, as partners of the Board, to host the examination which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, 9th April 2022.

“The Board has thought through this increase and resolved that instead of cancelling the mock-UTME, which introduction has improved candidates’ confidence in sitting the examination owing to the high cost of diesel, it is better to increase the service charge to make the exercise worthwhile to participating centres.”

JAMB also asked candidates who have registered for the 2022 UTME exercise and had indicated interest to sit the Mock-UTME to proceed to print their mock examination notification slip.

This, according to it, indicates the centre they have been assigned to take the examination.

“The slip can be printed anywhere at the candidates’ convenience by visiting https://www.jamb.gov.ng.

“The notification slip contains the venue (centre) the candidates would sit for the examination, the time and date of the examination and other necessary instructions,” it added.

JAMB To Register 1.5 Million Candidates By March 26 – Registrar

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced plans to register 1.5 million candidates by March 26, the deadline set for the registration of candidates.

Speaking in Abuja on Thursday after monitoring the exercise in Bwari and Dutse on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said the board has so far, registered over 500,000 candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

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Professor Oloyede says the board also plans to register at least 50,000 candidates per day.

In a statement issued earlier in the year, the examination body announced that the “UTME/DE registration starts 12th February 2022 and ends 19th March 2022. Mock examination holds on 20th April 2022. UTME holds from 20th to 30th April 2022”.

Bandits Kill 10, Kidnap Several Others In Kaduna State

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

At least ten persons have been killed by suspected bandits during separate attacks in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The bandits also kidnapped an unspecified number of people, mainly women, from the communities during the operation that lasted for several hours.

Although the state and police authorities are yet to comment on the incident, a local security source told Channels Television that the bandits had earlier attacked some villages in neighbouring Niger State where they kidnapped some people, and while on their way back to their camp passing through Birnin Gwari, they were attacked by some local vigilantes at Ungwan Bula, Unguwar Dafillo and Ijinga villages in Randagi district of Birnin-Gwari.

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In retaliation, the bandits were said to have returned to the villages on Saturday morning and killed ten people, including six local vigilante members and four villagers. They also kidnapped an unspecified number of people during the operation.

Similarly, bandits also blocked the Kaduna- Birnin-Gwari Road at about 10 am on Saturday morning and attacked motorists. According to the Chairman of Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, Ibrahim Nagwari, a final year student of Science Secondary School, Birnin-Gwari, who was on his way to Kaduna for the JAMB- UMTE registration and three other passengers, escaped with bullet wounds, as the armed bandits sprayed bullets on their vehicle at Manini village along Birnin-Gwari Kaduna Highway.

Nagwari said that the student is awaiting surgery for the removal of the bullet on his shoulder at Jibrin Maigwari General Hospital in Birnin-Gwari. While commending the local government authorities for taking care of the hospital bills of those injured in the attacks, the residents called on the government to as a matter of urgency set up a special centre for JAMB examinations in Birnin-Gwari in order to reduce the risk of students travelling far down to Kaduna for registration

Alleged N5bn Fraud: Ex-JAMB Registrar, Ojerinde Seeks Plea Bargain With ICPC

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Former JAMB Registrar, Professor Adedibu Ojerinde, is standing trial over an alleged N5 billion fraud.

 

The former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Adedibu Ojerinde, who is standing trial in an alleged N5 billion fraud, has opted for a plea bargain with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) in order to get a soft landing.

At the Federal High Court in Abuja where his trial was scheduled to commence, Ojerinde pleaded with the trial Judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu to give him 24 hours to settle himself with ICPC through plea bargain instead of a formal trial.

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His new lead counsel, Ibrahim Ishyaku (SAN), told the court that his client prefers an out-of-court settlement known as a plea bargain to resolve the matter.

The senior lawyer informed the Judge that the trial could commence if, after 24 hours, the matter could not be resolved.

Counsel to the ICPC, Mister Ebenezer Sogunle did not object to the request but insisted that the trial would proceed in case the plea bargain fails.

ICPC had on July 8, 2021 arraigned the former JAMB Registrar on an 18-count charge bordering on diversion of public funds to the tune of over N5 billion

He was said to have committed the offence during his tenure as Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO) and JAMB.

Justice Egwuatu subsequently fixed February 9 for report of the plea bargain.