Chris Steven, Abuja
Ahead of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB and the Nigerian Army have formed a common synergy to secure Computer Based Tests, CBT centers with a view to having a hitch free examination.
According to a statement issued on Thursday by the spokesperson of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, the Registrar of the Board, Is-haq O. Oloyede, at a meeting with the military high command in Abuja solicited for the intervention and cooperation of the Nigerian Army in the forthcoming examination.
He pointed out that the mandate of JAMB was to conduct matriculation examination and place suitably qualified candidates desirous of qualitative education to all Nigerian tertiary institutions adding that the Board was at the verge of the first process hence the need to secure the venues, candidates and examination officials.
“This need became imperative to seek for security intervention from the Army, particularly in turbulent areas”, he said.
The Registrar noted that over 678 centers across the country against the last year’s figure of 650 CBT centers would be put to use with estimated 1.5million candidates for the examination, adding that 1.237million candidates have already submitted their application already.
Oloyede also told the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai that though there was collaboration with Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG to airlift candidates in riverine areas to their CBT centers.
He pleaded that the COAS intervene as the NLNG intervention though noble was not enough.
The JAMB Registrar while listing some security prone areas like North East, South South among others, noted that the process of seeking admission through the conduct of examination should not be truncated, adding that the sight of security presence during the examination would give the candidate a high level of satisfaction and confidence.
He informed the Army management that this year the Board is capturing candidates’ ten fingers to forestall any incidence of multiple registrations as noticed with previous years registration adding that the Board also insisted on profile creation and other processes to strengthen the education data and ensure that candidates do not go through hell years after graduating from tertiary institutions.
While commending the Nigerian Army for uniting the country particularly the feat it recorded in the insurgency war and restoring peace in other turbulent areas, Oloyede outlined his mission to Defence Headquarters.
He said, “We are here to thank you for the wonderful job you have been doing, all Nigerians are happy with you for the wonderful feat you have recorded in the discharge of your duties, and your quest for an indivisible and united country.”
In a remark the Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, described the visit as unique and symbolic stating that the military would ensure that there is peace and harmony in the country.
The COAS said as part of their constitutional responsibility the Nigerian Army would continue to uphold and make sure that the task given to them is accomplished.
He said some of the flash points pointed by the Registrar are not only safe but habitable and he disclosed that normalcy, particularly in the North east has return even as he promised to deploy troop for more surveillance and protection during the period stated for the examination.
Buratai pointed out that JAMB examination is a national assignment and as such the military high command would not allow any candidate’s dream and desire for tertiary education to be truncated because of insecurity.
The Chief of Army Staff who is a product of JAMB promised to give all the necessary logistic to make the examination a success.