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JAMB shuts 7 examination centres in Bayelsa over infractions

Centre duplicated VPN to move routers to choice locations undetected

Authorities of the the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have shut down seven examination centres across Bayelsa State for violating examination rules and regulations.

They were delisted for duplicating the Virtual Private Network (VPN) of their router.

Others were delisted for charging unsuspecting candidates outrageous sums of money during registration.

The closure leaves Bayelsa with only four functional centres to serve about 24,000 candidates.

The state coordinator of JAMB, Abdusalam Mohammed, who made this known during a visit to the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bayelsa state council in Yenagoa.

He said: “Initially Bayelsa had eleven examination centers, and so far seven out of this number have been delisted from our platform for various infractions. The owners of some of these centres tampered with the VPN of our router. And that is very big offence.

“They duplicated the VPN by moving the router from one location to another location where they did whatever they liked, which is a very big offence. Others were over charging candidates. During registration we sent out a monitoring team out and they came back with the report that candidates were charged N5000 for a service that should ordinarily cost N2,500.”

On the preparedness to conduct exams amidst coronavirus, Mohammed said, “even before the lockdown was lifted, we had started training our staff on how to attend to candidates. We have also embarked on sensitization of candidates and provided personal prevention equipment. ”

“Also, in order to reduce the crowd at our office during registration, we have introduced what we call appointment for candidates. This means that candidates can only come to us when they have an appointment. The intention is to reduce body contact between staff and candidates.”.

“Before coronavirus, we used to do what is called thumb printing for candidates during registration but that has been stopped in order not to spread the virus. What we now do is that a One-Time Password (OTP) is sent to the candidate. That will now verify the candidate as the original owner of that particular application.”

“In the past it was difficult to have 20, 000 candidates for JAMb but this year the number has sky rocketed to over 24, 000 candidates, meaning there is an improvement in the enrolment of students in Bayelsa. However, in Bayelsa awareness on our activities is low, so that is why we have come to visit you.” He said.

Responding, the chairman of NUJ in Bayelsa State, Comrade Samuel Numonengi, frowned at the activities of the operators of the examination centres delisted by JAMB, saying that actions do not mean well for the future of the state.

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