Senate to probe low remittance by JAMB before 2016

The Senate has resolved to investigate the low remittance by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB into the federation account before 2016.

The resolution on Wednesday, followed the adoption of a motion under matter of urgent public importance, moved by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District.

According to Melaye, JAMB before 2016 paid into the federation account a meager N50 million as revenue generated from the University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

He added that the revenue increased to five billion naira in 2016 and N7.8 billion in 2017.

The senator, who expressed concern why the revenue remitted by JAMB in the past had been low, said, “since JAMB can remit seven billion naira in one month, we must work on relevant agencies as the National Examination Council (NECO) and the West African Examination Council (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”.

The Senate Leader, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, also added, “something was amiss and we need to find out what happened in the past and why there was a sudden increase in remittances’’.

Remarking, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, however directed the Senate Committee on Education to investigate the matter and educate the Senate on reasons for the increased remittances.

He further stressed the need to know what action had been taken to get those people, who were there in the past to explain what happened.

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