Prospective candidates of UTME in Kebbi State would soon have a sigh of relief, as they no longer have to travel to neighboring states for writing the examination.
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has facilitated the re-opening of and having additional Computer-Based Test (CBT) of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Centres in Kebbi State.
The development is part of the Minister’s continued determination of deliberate efforts to boost the educational pursuit among youths as well as enhance quality manpower development geared towards nation building.
The re-opening of and having additional CBT Centres in the State was as a result of the letter addressed to the Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board dated 31st December, 2019, which was personally signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN where he requested for “additional CBT Centres in Kebbi State for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)”.
“During my recent visits to Kebbi State, I received complaints from many prominent persons regarding the inadequacy of CBT Centres in the State to cater for the needs of prospective candidates for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, and the need for urgent intervention in that regards,” the letter reads in part.
“I have been reliably informed that the whole of Kebbi State (with a population of over 3 million) has only two (2) approved Centers, which to my mind are grossly insufficient considering the number of prospective candidates across the State,” Malami wrote.
While drawing the attention of the JAMB Registrar on the need for urgent intervention, Malami said approval of more centres for the State will cushion the harsh effects and difficulties currently associated with the conduct of UTME in the State.
Some CBT Centres hitherto closed down but currently restored on the account of the intervention of the Minister included BIT Computers, Birnin-Kebbi, Command Secondary School, Jega, Kebbi State University of Science, Aliero, ZEDA CBT Centre, Zuru and KEBNA, CBT Centre in Zuru.
Speaking on the development, Alhaji Abdullahi Haruna Maigishiri who manned one of the re-opened CBT centres; BIT Computers, Birnini-Kebbi thanked the Minister for his intervention noting that prospective UTME candidates in Kebbi State may now have the right to choose an examination town where they could write the examination at any one of the centres in the state.
The Minister is expected on 29th of February, 2020 to be in Birnin-Kebbi, the headquarters of Kebbi State for commissioning of new JAMB Office and CBT Center in the state.