By Innocent Anaba
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has restrained the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, from retaining the services of Sidmach Technologies Limited and Electronic Test Company Limited for the registration of candidates for the 2011 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
Trial judge in the matter, Justice Okechukwu Okeke, also restrained Sidmach Technologies and Electronic Test from carrying out registration of candidates for the 2011 UTME exams or any other year pending the determination of a suit by some aggrieved companies.
Plaintiffs in the suit are SW Global Limited, Fleet Technologies and Global Portal Services Limited.
The plaintiffs had sued jointly as members of the Converged Examinations Management Technology Platform Consortium (CEMPT Consortium).
The court, however, directed the plaintiffs to file an undertaking as to damages should it turn out that the orders ought not to have been made.
The orders were sequel to an ex parte application filed and argued by the plaintiffs’ lawyer.
The plaintiffs’ had in an affidavit deposed to by the General Manager of SW Global Limited, Tunde Sosina, claimed that the plaintiffs and JAMB entered into an Information Technology Services Agreement dated February 12, 2009, adding that the provision of the agreement empowered them to provide the sole platform for the Converged Examination Management Technology for all examinations conducted by JAMB and other two bodies under the Federal Ministry of Education.