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Nige­ri­ans are react­ing to the resent slash down of reg­is­tra­tion fees for JAMB by the cur­rent admin­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

Recall that The News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) report­ed that the Fed­er­al Exec­u­tive Coun­cil (FEC) last Wednes­day approved the reduc­tion of the exam­i­na­tion enroll­ment charges from N5,000 to N3,500 effec­tive from Jan­u­ary 2019.

This was also con­firmed by the Min­is­ter of Edu­ca­tion, Mal­lam Adamu, after the meet­ing.

The pres­i­dent over time has express wor­ries over the out­ra­geous fees of JAMB, and it came at a time when elec­tions cam­paigns are on-going.”

Ben­jamin said it was praise­wor­thy that Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari admin­is­tra­tion reduced the fee which shows his enthu­si­asm and pas­sion to see that aver­age Niger­ian stu­dents gain access to ter­tiary edu­ca­tion.

Some con­cerned Nige­ri­ans are of the notion that the reduc­tion is an indi­rect elec­tion cam­paign strat­e­gy of the present admin­is­tra­tion.

In anoth­er relat­ed devel­op­ment, The Joint Admis­sions and Matric­u­la­tion Board (JAMB) last Thurs­day also declared that enroll­ment for 2019/2020 Uni­fied Ter­tiary Matric­u­la­tion Exam­i­na­tion (UTME) will start by Decem­ber.

The Media Head, Dr Fabi­an Ben­jamin, had declared this while speak­ing to news­men dur­ing a pro­mo­tion­al exer­cise for the Niger­ian Cus­toms Ser­vice (NCS), car­ried out at the board­’s Com­put­er Based Test (CBT) Cen­ter in Abu­ja, accord­ing to NAN.

Ben­jamin fur­ther explained that, no explic­it date has been set­tled for the com­mence­ment of the reg­is­tra­tion yet.

He went on to say that, plans were in place to do so at the ear­li­est oppor­tu­ni­ty as the board was wait­ing to hear from the Pres­i­den­cy on the pro­posed reduc­tion of JAMB fees, which was for­mal­ly announced last Wednes­day.


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