The House of Representatives has resolved to the revenue generated by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and what it remits into the Consolidated Revenue Account. The resolution emanated from a
motion moved by Rep. Ibrahim Ebbo
(PDP-Niger) in Abuja on Thursday and
unanimously adopted without debate.
The House consequently mandated its
Committees on Education and Finance to do the investigation and submit the
report within four weeks.
Ebbo said in spite of the huge sum of
money generated by the board
yearly, there was no record as to how
the money was spent. He added that although JAMB
generated revenue yearly, the
Federal Government continued to
allocate funds to it to conduct
examinations for candidates going
into tertiary institutions. Ebbo held that the increase in
examination fees by JAMB was not
alarming but arbitrary, adding that
people would not be able to register
for its examinations if the trend was
not checked. The legislator said that the check
became necessary because there had
been increase in the number of
candidates registering for the
examinations in many parts of the
country. He added that JAMB also made money
from extra fees paid by candidates to
make inquiries.
“Candidates are made to pay extra
fees at JAMB office for change of
courses, inquiries on incomplete results, checking of results and other
enquiries that may arise from taking
the examinations”, he said.
He further noted that JAMB had
generated billions of naira from
arbitrary increases in charges for examination forms.
Rep. Leo Ogor (PDP-Delta), who
supported the motion, said it was only
when the National Assembly
appropriated money that agencies of
government could spend what they generated internally. (NAN)
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