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Thursday, June 01, 2017

JAMB candidates faint in Lagos over rush to change courses


At least, two prospective candidates of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Thursday reportedly fainted at the Lagos regional office in Ikoyi, during the surge by some of candidates seeking to change their courses or correct data for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), reports ITRealms.

This, ITRealms gathered, led to the invitation of the Lagos State Emergency Services to the venue, which later took the affected candidates away for medical treatment, but as at press time, the names of those candidates were not obtained.

Eye-witness account told ITRealms that some students fainted at JAMB office in Ikoyi-Lagos, Thursday, due to overcrowding of the environment, leading to chants that JAMB registrar, Prof. Oloyede must go.

The candidates, who were later dispersed by some security operatives on the instruction of the JAMB headquarters in Abuja, where asked to pay attention to news updates, lamented their predicaments, insisting that JAMB registrar must go.

Although ITRealms reliably gathered, that JAMB has issued a directive to this effect a few hours ago, that it has not started the exercise of changing courses or correction of data for the 2017 UTME.

ITRealms also gathered that the protest and demand for change in courses and alleged correction of data arose from the anticipated poor performances of candidates due to the use of Computer Based Test (CBT) and inadequate number Personal Computers (PCs) for that purpose on May 13, this year.

However, JAMB in its official response said the examination body has not commenced the correction and change of course session due to they are still handling late applications and will take up massive public enlightenment campaign to ensure Nigerians are well informed on the procedure and processes.

JAMB through its spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, told ITRealms, the Lagos protest by candidates was uncalled for development which created "unnecessary anxiety and chaos where there should be none."

Benjamin explained that the reforms by JAMB were meant to make its services accessible to all conveniently. 

“When we open the window, we shall also collaborate with credible stakeholders like the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology and JKK all in Lagos, in an attempt to decentralize the services and others in other states. This will ease the pressure in on our various offices and ensure a hitch-free process" he assured.


Uj. N. Dom & Uboshe Uboshe/GEE
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