For Criticizing JAMB, staff banned from listening to Brekete radio at work

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has banned her staff from listening to Brekete Human Rights radio program while in the office, WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) can authoritatively report.

The agency saddled with the responsibilities of conducting matriculation examinations for entry into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria and placing suitably qualified candidates in the available places in these institutions, this newspaper learned is not happy with the way the Brekete radio program projects it as a corrupt and incompetent agency. 

Some staff of the agency who spoke to WAR on the condition of anonymity said it is now a big offence for any staff of the agency to listen to Brekete radio program at the office premises.

Mr. Daudu Peter who claims to have relatives and friends working at the agency and often visits the premises told this newspaper that the ban extends to even the security men at the gate.

He said, at first when Brekete radio program was banned, the staff opted to use their headphone to listen to the program using their phone.

But when the management of the agency discovered that staff listen to the program using their phone, they also banned the use of headphone at the JAMB premises, Dauda added.

Brekete a human rights radio had in the month of May, exposed how JAMB allocates scores to candidates who didn’t write exams.

In the exposure, Mr. Abdulrasheed Sani, who was a JAMB candidate for the 2019 election narrated what transpired and his experience.

Sani who spoke to Human Rights Radio, 101.1 radio station via a telephone conversation narrated how he was allocated 63 marks in a chemistry subject, a subject he said, he never wrote.

He wondered why JAMB will score him 33 in physics subject he wrote very well and 63 in chemistry, a subject he never wrote.

He said in all, JAMB allocated 219 scores to him.

Sani who said he traveled from Maiduguri, Borno state capital to Karu, Abuja the capital city of Nigeria to write the JAMB exam, narrated how writing exams in the centre was difficult leading to the cancellation of the exams by JAMB official who promised to reschedule another date for the exams.

Worse still, Sani said, JAMB has since allocated 219 marks to him with 63 in chemistry, a subject he never wrote.

Mr. Mommoh, another candidate who sat for the same exam in the same centre, gave a similar experience to that of Sani.

Mommoh narrated how candidates stayed at the centre from 1:00 pm to 12:00 am. A reason he attributed to poor internet connectivity and poor logistics.

He disclosed that, despite they were unable to finish some of the subjects and never wrote some at all, he was allocated 240 marks.

He pointed out that in one of the subjects he never wrote, he was allocated 19 marks.

Defending JAMB, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, spokesman of the agency, say whether a candidate submits or not, the saver automatically submits for him or her.

Asked if the saver automatically generates scores he said no.

An exposure that has since angered JAMB making it ban her staff from listening to Brekete radio at the agency premises.

WAR could not immediately reach Mr. Fabian Benjamin, spokesman of the agency to react on why Brekete was banned.

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