ASUP Spokesman Warned JAMB to "Stop Extorting" Admission Seekers

Students Writing Jamb
Students Writing JAMB

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics's National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Yelwa, has warned the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) to "stop extorting" all Nigerian students who are seeking admission into higher institutions.

Yelwa made this statement when he presented a paper as a guest speaker at the Bauchi South Stakeholders Interactive Session, which was organized by Senator Shehu Buba Umar of Bauchi South Senatorial District over the weekend.

He said JAMB was created with the intent of being a service-oriented government institution, but it transformed itself into a revenue-generating organ, causing unnecessary misery for Nigerians as a result of its extortions.

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DailyTrust reported that he said, “What JAMB is doing now is extorting Nigerians and causing unnecessary hardship on Nigerians and also locking opportunities instead of widening and increasing opportunities for enrollment in tertiary institutions.” 

“The acclaimed four choices in JAMB or UMTE is just a mirage because in reality and practice, there’s only one choice of institution. No matter what your score is, if you cannot get admission in the current session, your score is useless, you’ll have to do it again.

“They are focusing on revenue generation and this issue of changing institutions constantly because any institution that is not your first choice, cannot give you admission. So, there’s no need for second, third or fourth choices if you can’t get admission there.

“You must go back to JAMB and you must pay and change the institution. 

So, JAMB should stop deceiving Nigerians, they should stop wasting resources of Nigerians and we should respect these choices. If you can’t get admission in the first choice, the others should offer you admission so that our children will not be subjected to untold hardship.”

Yelwa advised Senator Umar to use his position to put an end to the situation, adding that JAMB should extend the validity of its results beyond one year so that applicants who were not admitted that year can use the same results to seek admission in the following academic session "so that financial stress can be removed from Nigerians."

In response, the meeting's chairman stated that one of the reasons he planned the interactive season was to address the worsening state of education from primary to university level.

Senator Umar responded, “It is for this reason that the programme has as its theme: Attaining a brighter future for Bauchi South Senatorial District through the 10th Assembly: A legislative Agenda for the Senator”.

“This means that we are here today to interact with one another, for me to feel the pulse of my people, share their problems, discuss their concerns and in a united and purposeful way, chart the path to progress, prosperity and transformation in Bauchi South District,” Umar added.

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