By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to compile list of institutions charging above N2,000 in the ongoing post-UTME for sanction.
He also denied giving a directive that the exercise be suspended, and asked the general public to disregard the purported order.
In a statement, yesterday, by the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs C.P. Ihuoma, the minister, who noted that the stipulated amount Post-UTME candidates were expected to pay was N2,000, regretted that some institutions were charging above the amount.
Describing the action as act of insubordination, the minister did not only direct that such institutions refund the money but also that JAMB compiled names of such institutions and submit same for appropriate sanction.
Denies ordering suspension of Post-UTME
The statement read:”The attention of the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has been drawn to a news report in the media claiming that the minister had issued a directive to universities to cancel the Post-UTME examinations already scheduled.
“The statement, according to the report, was issued by Mr. Ben Goong, Deputy Director of Press. The ministry would like to assert emphatically that the report is completely false and without foundation.
“The minister, therefore, urges universities to go ahead with their Post-UTME arrangements as earlier planned.”
“Mr. Goong, who purportedly issued the statement, ceased to be a staff of the ministry since November 2016.
“Also the attention of the Minister has also been drawn to some of the institutions which are charging more than the stipulated N2,000.00 post-UTME fees.
“The minister views this as an act of insubordination and emphatically redirected that every institution that runs in violation of the directive will be made to face disciplinary action.”