Group opposes call for scrapping of JAMB by House of Reps


By Olugbenga Salami

Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, MMWG, has condemned the recent call made in the House of Representatives for the scrapping of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB, saying such a step, if approved would cause a great set-back for the country’s education system.

The group in a statement to felicitate with Muslims on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr celebration recalled the outstanding achievements of the agency under the leadership of former Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede in the last six years.

JAMB, according to MMWG in the statement signed by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim has moved the nation’s education sector forward in all ramifications.

The group listed the achievements to include “the adoption of mandatory CBT for examinations, enhanced integrity of JAMB results as true capacity and capability of candidates and improvement of nation’s quality of education as several students admitted into various Nigerian universities since JAMB reform begun are doing well and some of them turning out to be outstanding scholars.”

It, therefore, advised honourable members of the federal legislature to “stop politicising educational issues based on ignorance and determined attempt to compromise standards for selfish and parochial interests.”

The group also warned those who were in the JAMB system before and those caught using CBT centres for fraudulent practices who are not comfortable with the current rising profile of the examination body to stop peddling falsehood in order to discredit the present leadership, adding that such antics would always fail woefully.

MMWG commended the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede for his accountability and transparency in leadership which has earned him national and International awards, and urged him to keep the good work.

“It should be recalled that JAMB has been rated as one of the leading federal government agency that remains transparent in remitting revenue in billions as at when due for the past six years,” it added.