Paul Obi in Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) on Tuesday said the board would not interfere with the list of candidates forwarded to institutions for the 2016 admissions.

The board stated that it would rather remain neutral and avoid meddling in the process, saying that it would not interfere either by adding or removing names.

The Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said these in his speech delivered during the ongoing technical meeting on 2016 admissions to first choice institutions at Bayero University, Kano, but e-mailed to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to Oloyede, “The 2016 admissions, will be as smooth as ever. The only difference between this year’s admissions process and what has always been the practice, is the policy that there should be no written post UTME test. All other processes should and will be as they have always been.

“The Senate or Academic Board of each institution has the prerogative of admitting candidates to their respective institutions subject of course only to National Policies which include guidelines stipulated by the proprietors of the institutions, 60:40 (Science/Art) ratio for Conventional Universities, 80:20 (Science/Art) ratio for Non-Conventional Universities, 70:30 (Technology/Non-Technology) ratio for National Diploma Awarding Institutions.”

He said the guidelines also include the use of 2016 JAMB UTME results printouts for all candidates who scored 180 and above, adherence to subject combinations of various courses as specified by the Senate/Academic Board and included in the 2016 UTME brochure.

He stated that the guidelines also entailed adherence to the 2016 Admissions Quota as prescribed by the Regulatory Bodies (NUC/NBTE/NCCE) and for Federal Universities, the criteria stipulated by the Federal Executive Council concerning Merit, Catchment and Educationally Less Developed States should be complied with.

“In the discharge of this National assignment, it is important that we act with focus on what is beneficial to the largest number of Nigerians. We must avoid adding to the burden of the masses of our people who rightly yearn for higher education as a veritable means of active participation in public life.

“While urging us to work hard and exhibit commitment, synergy and cooperation between the Board and the institutions, I assure you all that the hands of fellowship which my predecessors have extended to the institutions would be strengthened for the advancement of National goals.

“My immediate predecessor, Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde, OON, in particular, and his predecessors in general, have lifted the Board to an enviable standard of international repute and we cannot afford to do less.

The JAMB registrar further maintained that the board’s role is purely coordination.

“It must be made categorically clear that the task of JAMB is coordination and not substitution of the traditional responsibilities of the Senates/Academic Boards of tertiary institutions,” he observed.