JAMB Introduces New Rules, Guidelines For 2017 UTME

JAMB Warns Against Fake Application Forms In CirculationThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has introduced new rules and guidelines that may eliminate fraudulent practices in the system ahead of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB Registrar, Professor Isiaq Oloyede, disclosed this in Kaduna state at a Strategic Planning Retreat on Monitoring and Supervision of the 2017 UTME organised for stakeholders that would be taking part in the examination.

He explained that unlike in the previous years, major players with requisite integrity, intelligence and appropriate knowledge of the assessment would be fully engaged in the supervision of the 2017 UTME examination to ensure a better outcome.

In attendance at the retreat were stakeholders from JAMB, tertiary institutions, civil society organisations, students union bodies, security agencies and the media.

The aim was to adopt an all-inclusive mode of supervision and evaluation that will guarantee transparent UTME in Nigeria.

The Registrar identified the new rules and guidelines to include, the adoption of CCTV cameras for all the Computer-based Training (CBT) centres, adoption of a single hall containing 250 functional desktop or laptop computer systems with extra 25 as backups, affirmative inclusiveness for blind candidates, adoption of PIN Vending System, inclusion of candidates with awaiting results.

Other guidelines were the adoption of cubicles with minimum length of 26 by 18 inches, adequate security with minimum of five technical personnel and a network engineer on site among others.

“In February, 2017 we held a retreat in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital where we were hosted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was Head of State in 1977 promulgated the enabling law of this Board and gave birth to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

“At the retreat, we looked at the processes of registration and admission, we reviewed them and we adopted new strategies in tandem with new thinking and new challenges.

“It is therefore, in our stride and continuation at bringing all stakeholders on board, our inclusive train that we have organised this retreat to take another look at the Board’s supervision and evaluation of its conduct of the UTME”, Prof. Oloyede stated.

PIN VENDING SYSTEM

Emerging from the retreat at Abeokuta, the Board has innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which has led to the elimination of scratch cards.

The Board has also adopted a cost saving procedure PIN Vending System. It is a secured system which has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.

Some of the participants including the President of Women Arise for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin and Senate President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) commended JAMB for reviewing its guidelines as well as suggesting on some grey areas which they would want the board to look into before the election.

Some of them include the security of candidates and officials that would be posted to volatile areas , the number of examination hours and the collection of 10, 500 levy by JAMB which they note amounts to exploiting the candidates.

South West NANS Supports FG On Subsidy Removal

NLC, Petrol, NUPENG, PENGASSANThe South West leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has thrown its weight behind the reforms in the downstream sector of the Nigeria oil and gas sub sector of the nation’s economy, which led to the official pump price of petrol at N145 per litre.

At a press conference in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, members of the association said that the removal of the over N1.4 trillion, which represents about %18 of the 2016 budget being paid as fuel subsidy would go a long way in reducing corruption and impunity in the system

The association was however quick to ask the Federal Government to put adequate palliatives in place to cushion the effect of the removal by investing in critical sectors of the economy such as education, agriculture among others.

Students Protest Fuel Price Increase In Jos

oilStudents under the auspices of National Association of Nigerian Students in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria embarked on a peaceful protest to express their displeasure on the recent increase in the pump price of premium motor spirit.

The students believe that the sudden increase has brought untold hardship on the citizens especially on the students resulting in high prices of commodities including books and other study materials at the various schools.

Student Union leaders from higher institutions in the state comprising of students union governments in the tertiary institutions, zonal executive officers as well as national executive members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) were part of the rally under security personnel supervision.

Senate President, National Association of Nigerian Students, Ochai Odoh Thomas, led other students’ leaders in the protest accused the government of betraying the trust of Nigerian students by the sudden increase in the pump price.

President of the Student Union Government of Plateau State Polytechnic, Pius Tongman, criticised the government decision for not considering the plight of the students across the nation.

With the students agitation increasing every day, security agents need to redouble their efforts in controlling the protest so that it does not turn violent and hijacked by hoodlums while the students’ leadership should also be civil and organised in expressing their grievances on the increase in the pump price of petrol.

NANS Demand Reinstatement of Sacked Vice Chancellors

NANSThe National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) are calling on the Federal Government to reinstate the Vice Chancellors of thirteen federal universities who were sacked over a month ago.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, National President of the Association, Comrade Tijani Shehu, said the sacking was unjustly done by the government in violation of rules governing the appointment of vice chancellors.

The Association appeals to the Minister of Education to advise President Buhari properly in order to reverse the sacking of the thirteen vice chancellors which they described as unconstitutional.

The Federal Government of Nigeria had earlier in the year sacked and appointed Vice Chancellors (VC) of Federal Universities established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

NANS Names Jonathan Grand Commander Of Nigerian Students

Goodluck-Jonathan_President_of_NigeriaThe National Association Of Nigerian Students (NANS) has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan, naming him the Grand Commander of Nigerian Students.

The title was bestowed on Mr Jonathan when a delegation of the Body, led by senior special assistant on youth affairs, Jude Imagwe and NANS president, Yinka Gbadebo, visited him.

Addressing the group, President Jonathan reiterated his commitment to returning ‎Nigerian universities to winning ways by ensuring they are rated among the top in the world, stressing that the tertiary institutions will not just be big in population but in quality as well.

The President also stressed his commitment to free, fair and credible elections. He said Nigeria would no longer become a laughing stock as far as credible elections were concern.

Among the delegation were 10 former NANS presidents and ‎eight former nans Senate presidents, student union presidents in universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education.

The President thanked the students for the award and words of encouragement which he said would spur his administration to do more.

The BEAM: We Will Stay Home Till FG Settles ASUU- UNILAG Students

Students of the University of Lagos staged a protest within the confines of the university’s premises to register their displeasure over the federal government’s refusal to honour an agreement entered into with ASUU in 2009.

The Chairman, Council of Faculty Presidents, UNILAG, Nelson Fisola, on this edition of the programme justifies the action taken by the students to our online correspondent, Victor Mathias.

HE also distances the students of the university from the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).