(Last Updated On: April 10, 2017)

By James, Michael Igiri

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has reassured Nigerians that all hands

are on deck to ensure the smooth conduct of this year’s exercise.

This is coming in the wake of events in the past weeks which have seen parents, applicants, as

well as stakeholders make series of complains about the hardship faced by applicants in

the course of trying to register for the exams, with parents saying that it was a deliberate

ploy by the board to discourage and therefore deny their children/ wards the opportunity

to register and sit for the coming exams.

It would be recalled that the board had on Friday, 7 th March announced the suspension of

registration for a day to allow it prepare for the mock examination, which was to test and

evaluate the efficiency and proficiency of the new 8-key CBT examination method

deployed by the board for this year’s exam, as well as to measure the responsiveness of

candidates to the use of the latest innovation.

Announcing the suspension, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede in an interactive session with

newsmen said the board would do anything, and everything to make the exercise stress-


“As stated earlier, no one will be left behind as the deadline for registration may be extended if

there are applicants who do not succeed at registering due to circumstances beyond their


Despite this continuous assurance by the Registrar, however, reports have shown that little had

been achieved in the area of easing the stress and pain of applicants in states like Delta

where it was gathered that the Data Processing Machines of the JAMB office had broken

down due to the high number of candidates. But the state coordinator of JAMB, Mrs.

Emeka Mozie claimed that it was untrue, saying that the slow registration was caused by

poor network.

Meanwhile the state government has expressed its displeasure over the slow pace. Barr. Chiedu

Ebie, the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, noted that it would be

difficult for JAMB to register a reasonable number of candidates with what was on