Service charge

JAMB justifies the increase in service fees at CBT centers

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has explained why the board has allowed Computerized Testing Centers (CBTs) to raise the service fee to N1,000 for its April 9 mock exam.
Oloyede explained that the slight increase in the service charge for the examination by the CBT centers was to allow them to do a thorough job, due to the increased cost of diesel to power their generators.
During an award review by the Board of Vanguard Media Limited yesterday in Abuja, he hinted that all the arrangements for the smooth running of the review had been put in place by JAMB.
The main UTME had been scheduled by the board to commence from May 6 to May 16.
“We say we allowed CBT centers to increase the amount. We have not increased the fees; we even said anyone can reduce the fee.
“But we have so far asked centers not to charge more than N700, but now we have seen the reality and said they could charge up to N1,000.
“So the reality is the truth unless we don’t want them to conduct the review. We’ve done the analysis of their expenses and if we insist on putting their air conditioners on, the cost of diesel for their generators must be considered,” he said.
According to the Registrar, the council is not increasing its fees, adding that before now registration documents were N5,000.
“Even the N5,000 was right theoretically.
“We were buying the form in 2020 for N5,000, we are insisting on N5,000 and we are further reducing it from N5,000 to N3,500 and we are not increasing, despite the fact that the cost is increasing.
“So we felt that our partners are the ones to add, while we make the sacrifice, we can’t impose an unrealistic sacrifice on our partners and that’s why we allowed our partners to charge,” he said. -he declares.
About the award, Oloyede congratulated Vanguard Media Group on the honor, saying “it’s a call for service.”
The Registrar further noted that he would not have been appointed by simply staying in Ilorin, but for the work done on the council.
He said the award was a confirmation of the public’s confidence in him as leader of JAMB, noting that many Nigerians had also achieved a lot for the country.
The JAMB boss therefore called on the media to do good reporting on Nigerians who had done well for the country, rather than focusing on bad news just to sell their newspapers.
Also speaking, Chairman of the Editorial Board of Vanguard Media Ltd., Mr. Nnanna Ochereome, congratulated the Registrar for finding him worthy of receiving the award.
Ochereome said the Registrar’s arrival at JAMB paints a picture of a leader capable of turning the tables on the board, adding that Nigeria needs such a leader to transform the country.
“Your coming to JAMB shows a leader who can extract water from stone.
“Because what you did at JAMB gives Nigerians hope that one day someone loves you, if not you, will end up in the presidential seat because that is what we have been looking for as a country,” he said. declared Ochereome.