Jamb To Use Military Personnel For 2017 UTME



As candidates prepares for the forth- coming 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has formed a common synergy with the Nigerian Army to secure the Computer Based Tests (CBT) centres with a view to having a hitch free examination.
The joint Admission And Matriculation Board has revealed that it is going to deploy military Personnels to various centers during the 2017 UTME Exam.
This is contained in a statement issued by the head of information,JAMB Dr Fabian Benjamin who said that Soldiers would be drafted to the various computer based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) centres in some parts of the country to beef up security.
According to the ststement released by him, this decision was reached after a meting between JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq O. Oloyede and Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai in Abuja.
The Matriculation Board Aliased with the Nigerian army to secure the Computer Based Test (CBT) centres with a motive to having a hitch free examination for the 2017 UTME.
The Nigerian army chief of staff General Buratai stated that some of the reasons given by the register is the issue of Fulani herds men who may pose a threat to candidates writing their exams in the northern region of the country. Therefore he promised to deploy more military personels to those areas during the UTME examination.
The spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin pointed out that the mandate of JAMB was to conduct matriculation examination and place qualified candidates who desire a 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 various computer based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) centres, candidates and examination officials.

“This need became imperative to seek for security intervention from the military, particularly in turbulent areas pron to terror attack”, he said.

The Registrar noted that over 678 centres across the country against the last year’s figure of 650 CBT centres would be put to use with estimated 1.5million candidates for the examination, adding that 1.237million candidates have already submitted their application to the board.

Oloyede also told the Chief of Army staff that though there was collaboration with Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) to airlift candidates in riverine areas to their CBT centres.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.

The JAMB Chief Executive informed the Army management that this year the Board will be capturing 2017 UTME candidates ten fingers to forestall any incidence of multiple registrations as noticed with previous years registration.

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