By Dayo Adesulu
Abuja—THE Senate, yesterday resolved to investigate the low remittances by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, even as it planned to extend its probe to West African Examination Council, WAEC and National Examination Council, NECO.
The resolution was sequel to the adoption of a motion under matter of urgent public importance, moved by Senator Dino Melaye.
Moving the motion, Melaye said JAMB before 2016 paid into the federation account a meagre N50 million as revenue generated from the University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, arguing that the revenue increased to N5 billion in 2016 and N7.8 billion in 2017.
He said: ”Since JAMB can remit N7 billion in one month, we must work on relevant agencies as the NECO and WAEC to generate more revenue. There is the need for the Senate committee to effectively carry out its oversight function with a view to finding out what went wrong in the past and block all the leakages in the agencies.
Also, Senate Leader,. Ahmed Lawan said: “Something was wrong and we need to find out what happened in the past and why there was a sudden increase in remittances.”
In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki, directed the Senate Committee on Education to investigate the matter and educate the Senate on reasons for the increased remittances.
However, reacting, the JAMB Spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin said: ‘’’There is no Act in the establishment of the Board that mandated it to generate revenue for the Federal Government. We are not generating revenue for the Federal Government. ‘’What we collect from candidates are liabilities for service we have not rendered. But in the event whereby we have excess, it is only natural to know that it’s not yours, so you return it to the government.’’