Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 31 January 2018 | 1,133 times
The Nigerian Senate has resolved to investigate the low remittance by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) into the federation account before 2016.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion under matter of urgent public importance which was moved by lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye.
Moving the motion during plenary on Wednesday, Melaye said that JAMB, before 2016, paid into the federation account a meagre N50 million as revenue generated from the University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), and the revenue increased to five billion naira in 2016 and N7.8 billion in 2017.
He however expressed concern why the revenue remitted by JAMB in the past had been low.
“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,” Melaye said.
Also, the Senate Leader, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, said: “Something was amiss and we need to find out what happened in the past and why there was a sudden increase in remittances.’’
In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, directed the Senate Committee on Education to investigate the matter and educate the Senate on reasons for the increased remittances.
Saraki stressed that “there is a 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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