JAMB Cancels LAUTECH Centre Over Student Protest


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has canceled testing at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) computer-based test center as a result of a protest held by students of the university, restricting unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) candidates from taking exams on Monday, May 15.

The candidates who were to sit for the exams on Monday inside the LAUTECH campus Computer Based Test (CBT) centre were prevented from gaining entrance inside the premises by protesting students of the institution.

The students had mobilised themselves as early as 6.00 a.m. for the protest, and stationed themselves in teams across all entrances into the institution.

Reacting to the development, JAMB’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, in a telephone conversation told PREMIUM TIMES that the board is concluding arrangements to reschedule the exams for the affected candidates at Ilorin.

“We will reschedule them. Even though it’s not our problem, it’s the school’s problem; but they are our candidates. There is no private centre in Ogbomosho and the closest centre to Ogbomosho is Ilorin.

“This disruption happened today and we need to do some technical arrangements first; So, no date has been fixed yet. But we are going to write the exams in Ilorin except if LAUTECH resolves the students unrest”, Mr. Benjamin said.

Meanwhile, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, says no fewer than 440,000 candidates have sat for the 2017 UTME within two days across the country.

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