SAN FRANCISCO, May 14, (THEWILL) – The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it remitted N5 billion to the Federal Government’s purse after the conduct of its 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
This is contained in the board’s weekly bulletin signed by the JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin.
He explained later in a telephone interview with NAN that the federal government gave back N2 billion out of the N5 billion to the board to enhance its operations.
“The board returned N5 billion to the federal government, but out of that amount, the board was given N2 billion to further enhance its operations,” he said.
Meanwhile, some 2019 UTME candidates have alleged challenges in accessing their results through telephone as advised by JAMB.
JAMB released the results on Saturday and directed candidates to use the same telephone numbers they used in vending the pins for the examination registration documents to access their results by sending RESULT to a code – 55019.
Of the over 1.8 million candidates who registered for the examination, a total of 1,792,719 had their results released by the board.
The board withheld results of 34,120 candidates over alleged examination malpractice, while results of 15,145 candidates are undergoing further clarification, as in the case of identical twins and siblings, for example.
When contacted, Benjamin apologised to the affected candidates on behalf of the board saying the challenge was from the service providers.
He said the board had summoned the service providers for a meeting on the issue.
“We have just had a meeting with the service providers and they assured us that they are working hard to get the issue addressed. In no distant time, such candidates should be able to access their results without any hitch.
“We are just trying to ensure that all the candidates deserving of results should have firsthand information of their performances via their telephones.
“After that, we will post the results on our website for candidates to go ahead and print,” he said.