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MANY nations world over that perceive the education of its citizenry as part of capital and national development, have
continuously ensured that its people have access to qualitative education by either offering them free education to certain level or making it affordable. In Nigeria, it’s not clear if government is in that narrative, as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has become a source of revenue generation for the Federal Government. JAMB logo Speaking exclusively with Vanguard, yesterday, JAMB spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin said, “There is no section in the Act that established the Board that mandated it to generate revenue for the Federal Government. We are not generating revenue for the Federal Government. What we collect from candidates are liabilities for the service we have not rendered. But in the event whereby we have excess, it is only natural to know that it’s not ours, therefore, we return it to the government. “It is not revenue we generate but excess of what we spent.

It’s like giving a child N2,000 to do a job, and the child discovered he has executed the job with N1,000. A good child will say, ‘Daddy, this is what remains.’ What we have done is to demonstrate that we are transparent and return the left -over. Core functions “That is why some people are arguing that if in five years we discovered we had that much, the best thing to do would have been to reduce the cost of the form. But before we can reduce the cost of a form, we have to ensure it is consistent for some years to avoid running into trouble in the future.” The core functions of the Board as entrenched in its enabling Act are: “The general control of the conduct of matriculation examinations for admissions into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria. And the placement of suitably qualified candidates in the tertiary institutions having taken into account the vacancies available in each tertiary institution.” However, the recent remittance of N8 billion by JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, to the national treasury and government’s intended probe into the previous registrars’ financial records, leaves one to wonder if the Board was created to generate revenue for the government. At the same time, it became obvious that the present registration fees of N5,500 for each candidate could be reduced to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged. While the Federal Government, makes provisions for the Board, through the Ministry of Education’s yearly budgets, the board, however, generates funds through sales of registration forms. How the Board arrives at the cost of each form every year is still unclear. Available records show that in 2011/2012, a JAMB form was sold at the rate of N4,600 to 1, 503,931 candidates which amounted to N6,918, 082, 600. In 2013, the forms were sold to 1,735,892 at the rate of N4,600, amounting to N7,985,103,200. For 2014, 1,606,753 candidates purchased the form at the rate of N4,600, giving JAMB a whopping sum of N7, 391, 063,800. Moreover, in 2015, 1,475,477 bought the forms at the rate of N4,500, bringing the amount sold to N6,558, 646, 500 , the least sales in five years. In 2016, the number of candidates rose to 1,589,175, just as a form was sold at the rate of N5,500, bringing the total amount to N8,740,462,500. Last year, the number of candidates rose to 1,736,571, as an entry form was sold at 5,000, which amounted to N8,682, 855,000. Thus, in the past six years, JAMB had raked in N46, 276,213,600 from the sales of forms to prospective candidates. The question begging for answer is whether fund generation for the Federal Government is part of JAMB’s mandate or not. Many believe that rather than maintaining the present cost of a JAMB form, the price for each form can be reduced to give the less privileged access to tertiary education. Cost of administration Meanwhile, Chapter 193 of the JAMB’s Act states:

“The Board shall establish and maintain a fund which shall consist of such sums as may be provided by the Federal Government for the running expenses of the Board; and such other sums as may be collected or received by the Board from other sources either in the execution of its functions or in respect of any property vested in the Board or otherwise howsoever. To many stakeholders, that section of the Act stipulates that the primary source of funding for the running of the Board shall be the Federal Government. The sale of form should be a secondary or additional source, and this is explicated in the fact that every year, the Ministry of Education from its budget disburses money to the Board. The Act continues: “The Board may, from time to time, apply the proceeds of the fund established in pursuance of section 10 of this Act to the cost of administration of the Board; for reimbursing members of the Board or of any committee set up by the Board for such expenses as may be expressly authorised by the Board in accordance with such rates as may be approved, from time to time, by the National Council of Ministers; to the payment of salaries, fees or other remuneration or allowances, pensions, superannuation allowances and gratuities payable to employees of the Board and of fees to agents. So that no payment of any kind under this paragraph (except such as may be expressly authorised) shall be made to any person who is in receipt of emoluments from the Government of the Federation or of a State; for the maintenance of any property acquired or vested in the Board; and for and in connection with all or any of the functions of the Board under or pursuant to this Act


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