In order to augment facilities for smooth conduct of Computer Based Tests (CBT) by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has built and donated four of such centres to the examination board.
This was disclosed recently by Acting Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, when JAMB officials paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja. The four centers are located in Kano, Niger, Bayelsa and Oyo states. The centres are equipped with computers, printers, other accessories and Internet connectivity.
Danbatta told the JAMB officials led by its Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde that NCC does every of its activities and projects in line with international best practices and “we have a minimum standard that we maintain for all our projects and there is no exception.”
“Standards are necessary for projects to be appreciated,” Danbatta said adding that NCC is intervening not only in the provision of CBT for JAMB “but provision of equipment for tertiary institutions through Advance Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI).”
ADAPTI is aimed at bridging Digital divide in tertiary institutions through the provision of computers and other ICT facilities to equip the lecturers and other experts in order to improve their ICT skills.
Earlier in his remarks, Ojerinde said JAMB appreciates, NCC gesture in this direction and “we ask for more.” So far, he said JAMB is also deploying its, CBT centres in Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), facilities in Abuja, Kano and Oshodi, Lagos state and this is in addition to the over 500 of CBT centres across the country.
“These centres are now being used for registration by potential candidates for the next Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) instead of cyber cafes,” Ojerinde submitted. The Acting EVC received the JAMB team in the presence of NCC Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, Director, Licensing and Authorisation, Ms. Funlola Akiode, Director, Corporate Strategy and Planning, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokike and Chief of Staff, Mr. Usman Malah.