By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has concluded the sale of 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) application document, recording over 1.7 million candidates at the close of the site by 12 midnight on May 5 2017.Â
The Head of Media and Publicity,Â Â JAMB,Â Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this yesterday in a statement issued as a follow up to the Board meeting in Jos, Plateau State.Â
Benjamin said the board is up to the task, and urged Nigerians to have trust in its processes as they are meant to enhance productivity, eliminate examination malpractice and promote transparency to an unprecedented level.Â
He said: â€œWe registered a number that has never been done in 39 years of the existence of JAMB within a time frame Nigerians were scepticalÂ about. The highest we have ever had was 1.5 million,Â this is record breaking.Â
â€œWe will look at the system so far and make adjustments where necessary to ensure a fool proof process of registration and examination.Â We are always sure of our systems and will continue to expand our frontiers of thinking to transform the board to an agency that Nigerians will be proud of.
â€œJAMB wishes to state clearly that it will continue to be very open in all its activities and ensure inclusiveness even in the areas of its finances. The disclosure of the actual number of candidates registered is a clear invitation for the public to know what the Board has realised from the sale for this year and we are not perturbed because we have nothing to hide in our dealings. We are determined to make Nigerians proud of us.â€
According to the JAMB spokesman, the examination is all about transparency and an agency that conducts such a competitive examination must be above board in all its life cycle.Â
He Â called on all Nigerians to give JAMB the needed support as itÂ conducts the 2017 examination beginningÂ from nextÂ Saturday May 13.
He promised to do their â€œvery best and where they notice challenges, we will work without hesitation to ensure that it is corrected immediately for candidates to have a smooth examination.â€
Benjamin also cautioned Â â€œthat there could be one or two challenges in some centres; but the most important thing is our ability to urgently address such when they rear their face.Â We use this opportunity to call for patriotism. Let us learn to always support our agencies, they are not as bad as we are always quick to want them to be.Â Â
â€œNations are grown through innovation and there is no innovation if there is no trial. Please donâ€™t be quick to condemn, rather look at the end result and see how all of us can contribute to the Nigerian education of our dream. We have resolved to bell the cat in order for other public examination agencies to thrive.â€
The spokesman said the board would not be distracted by â€œsome highly placed Nigerians who, for selfish personal interest of what they were making but which they are no longer making through corrupt practices and others for sheer envy and personal grudges against actors in JAMB, resolved to do everything to paint all our processes even at infancy level in bad light.Â
â€œThank God, the number of registration in short period as against the six months in the past has vindicated us,â€ he stressed .