DE: NANS Urges Candidates To Complete Registration, Cautions Institutions Against Irregularities

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged prospective Direct Entry (DE) candidates to take advantage of the extension period for registration by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to complete the process and avoid another last minutes rush.

Also, the umbrella body of Nigerian students home and in the Diaspora commended deliberate effort and strides by the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede to sanitise and improve admission into tertiary institutions in the country.

NANS stated this in a statement signed by Comrade Akinteye Babatunde Afeez, NANS Vice President (External Affairs) and made available to Daily Independent.

Comrade Azeez in the statement with the theme: “NANS Eulogizes JAMB: Urges Direct Entry Candidates To Be More Prompt And Sincere”, appreciated the leadership of JAMB for a job well done and cautioned management of higher institutions against certificate sales for admission exercise.

The statement read: “I, Comr. Akinteye Babatunde Afeez, the NANS Vice President (External Affairs), am using this moment to appreciate the leadership of the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede for a job well done.

“His promptness to the issues of malpractices and other corrupt practices in our nation’s education sector has been one of the strongest pillars that is still holding Nigeria’s educational system against a final collapse. He’s a patriot and a man of integrity.

“About two weeks ago, acting on a piece of information, I went with my team to the JAMB office in Lagos at about past 11 pm and I met Direct Entry Candidates sleeping outside the office in a bid to meet up with the completion of their registration and a closing date that was in earnest.

“I was forced to call out JAMB, as an agency, and a meeting was summoned. It was at this meeting that we were made to understand that the reason for the number of registration centers was because of the abnormalities going on in some Tertiary Institutions, where students purchase Ordinary National Diploma (OND) certificates and then use the same to obtain Direct Entry forms to begin at a higher level in various higher institutions.

“This has been going on and JAMB, as an agency has found out and in their bid to curb this act, the centres were reduced for proper monitoring and supervision.

“Before the end of the meeting, we were able to appeal to JAMB to decongest the centers and extend the closing date to accommodate more students to be able to complete their registrations and the Board obliged immediately.”

According to Azeez, the Board added more center in Lagos called JKK CBT Centre, Ikorodu Road to decongest the Lagos office.

The statement added,” The issue now is that due to the extension of the closing date, Direct Entry Candidates have relaxed. They have stopped going for registration and it shouldn’t be so. This second phase of extension can close at any time.

“I hereby use this medium to thank the JAMB Registrar once again for this rare privilege. I’m also appealing to the Direct Entry Candidates to go and complete their registrations before the closing date to avoid the unnecessary 11th-hour rush that is inimical to us.

NANS, in the statement, warned management of higher institutions across the country and beyond found culpable in certificate sales saga,” We are compiling their names and we shall expose them all in no record time.

“Before then, I want to sincerely plead with the Nigerian Students to avoid cutting corners and imitate our heroes past and present who have always been patriotically sincere, diligent and meticulous in all their dealings.

It added,” If we persist in this illegal act of buying certificates, the long arm of the law shall soon catch up with us and we know that the consequences are usually grave.”

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