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CBT Suspension Controversy: JAMB, UNIBEN In War Of Words

The controversy over the suspension of the University of Benin Computer Based Test center seems far from over as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB, has refuted a statement by the university that the suspension of its CBT centre was done hastily and without proper investigation.

JAMB’s Head of Public Affairs, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement in Abuja, said the Registrar of the Board, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, being a former vice-chancellor was shocked and more disturbed with evidences of the extortion of candidates by the university’s CBT centre.

Fabian therefore said “An apology shall be required not only to the board but also to the nation if after the denial, evidence is adduced to prove the infraction committed on the ground of a highly respected institution as University of Benin.”

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Recall that JAMB suspended the university’s CBT centre over breach of the code governing the 2019 UTME registration exercise.

The board noted in its weekly bulletin that the centre was collecting N7,000 per candidate and acting contrary to registration procedures.

However, UNIBEN, in a statement issued by Mr. Michael Osasuyi said the conclusion to suspend the centre was done hastily and without proper investigation.

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Meanwhile, the Board has asked the university to do a thorough investigation to identify the bad eggs in the shameful episode before further development.

“The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to a press release by the University of Benin on the suspension of the University CBT centre on the breach of the code governing the 2019 UTME registration exercise.

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“The Board appreciates the University of Benin press release by Mr. Michael Osasuyi where he “commended JAMB for swiftly putting up measures to check extortion of candidates in the registration exercise”.

“However, the Board refutes the comment that the conclusion was done hastily and without proper investigation.

“The Registrar of the Board being a former Vice-Chancellor was shocked and more disturbed with evidences of the extortion of candidates by the University CBT centre.

“The Board therefore ask the university to do a thorough investigation to identify the bad eggs in the shameful episode before further development,” the statement read.

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