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Senate suspends amendment of JAMB Establishment Act


Dr. Fabian Benjamin

Dr. Fabian Benjamin

Despite its earlier proposal to amend the Act establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Senate has suspended the idea to allow for adequate consultation with experts.

A statement issued in Abuja yesterday by JAMB’s spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, Aliyu Wamakko, represented by Senator Ajayi Boroffice, made the announcement at an oversight visit to its Headquarters.

The suspension was to avoid impeding on the progress being made by JAMB in the conduct of examinations in Nigeria.He said: “Your JAMB result is only valid for one year and we thought it would be better for it to be valid for at least three years. That would reduce the burden on the parents, students and even the institution that is conducting the test. I think it is good for all of us and would not be rejected by the public.

“We don’t make laws for an individual or for the Senate. But we make laws for the country in the interest of all of us. A bill must not necessarily be at the convenience of a particular organiasation. Since we don’t want to make a law that would impede the progress of any institution, we are bound to listen to what the stakeholders are saying.”

According to Wamakko: “JAMB has made so much progress over the years and should continue to improve on its performance because the lives of millions of Nigerians depend on it.

In his reaction, the Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said he was happy the Senate listened to its appeal.He implored members of the House of Representatives and the Executive to tow the line of the Senate by suspending the amended Act.

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  • Julius Olaniyi Adekeye

    Nigerian legislatures have found it extremely difficult on make any meaningful laws so far. One wonders the relevance of the arm of government.

    • godwyns

      Their relevance is to get their salaries and various kickbacks for their personal benefits. And when you look at many of the laws the made so far, most of it are not based on any scientific evidence or indepth research. It’s a farce.