The Registrar of the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has said that the Computer Based Test Centre being built in Abeokuta, will relieve the stress on candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations in Ogun, Lagos and other Southwest States.
He made the disclosure after the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, laid the foundation of the building estimated to consume N1bn, at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, as funded by the JAMB and the National Communications Commission.
Upon completion, the building would accommodate 5,000 candidates.
Oloyede explained that 36 per cent of the candidates who register and sit for the UTME every year are from Ogun (17 per cent) and Lagos states (19 per cent) respectively. There is therfore the need to have a mega CBT centre in Abeokuta that would cater for the population.
The JAMB registrar added that this would make the process of registration and conduct of the examination stress free for the candidates, as the centere would be a 10-storey building which would sit 15,000 candidates per day.
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According to Oloyede, “The Federal Government directed that the NCC should construct two CBT centres in the North and Southern parts of Nigeria. I applied for a centre for Ogun State and it was granted. The Ogun State Government graciously allocated this expanse of land to JAMB.
“Our intention is to have a mega CBT centre in Lagos State but considering the space we have here, we went back to the drawing board and decided that it should be sited in Abeokuta. It will serve the entire South-West states.”
He also mentioned that similar centres were being built in Bauchi (Bauchi State) and Owerri (Imo State), among others.
Oloyede, who commended Amosun for allocating the land to JAMB for the centre, also praised the recent return of the post-UTME screening test to the universities by the Federal Ministry of Education.
He said this “is the standard practice even in the United Kingdom and other countries.”