Governors have abandoned funding of state Varsities to FG — JAMB

Governors have abandoned funding of state Varsities to FG — JAMB


Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), has accused Nigerian Governors of abandoning their responsibilities in funding state-owed Universities to federal government agencies particularly the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND.

The Registrar made the allegation on Friday NTA’s One-on-one live programme themed, “JAMB and admission process”.

He lamented that these inadequacies have created opportunity for the management of state-owned Universities to admit students beyond the approved recommendation by JAMB in order for administrators of these Universities to exist.

He also accused some Nigerian tertiary institutions of awarding certificates to the so-called some graduands without basic entry requirements for admission including letters of admission from the appropriate authority, thereby making their graduands unqualified for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC’s service.

Oloyede however assured that with the introduction of the ‘Cap system’ into admission process of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME by JAMB in order to regulate and minimise such irregularities in both private and public tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

“Most of the infrastructure you find in these state-owned Universities were donated by TETFUND. That is why most of them do not pay salaries”, according to him, the schools now embark on admission drive for self-sustainability

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“Why should the government establish an institution that they are not ready to fund? It is better not be in office as a head of an institution and not be able to function in that office?, he asked.

He revealed that the bane often lead to denial of admissions to some Nigerian graduates seeking admission into instructions abroad due to lack the basic entry requirements.

The JAMB Registrar, also lamented that within the past four years, about 8000 students have been illegally admitted into unapproved tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

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