Chris Steven, Abuja
Federal Government on Sunday directed all specialized universities to stick to their core mandates which they were set up to carry out as well as desist from running programmes which have no bearing to such mandates.
Specialised Universities are those set up to pursue specific courses or programmes to boost the manpower in a particular sector of the economy and they include universities like Universities of Agriculture, Universities of Technology, Universities of Medicine, among others.
Federal Government in a statement issued by the Head of Media, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Dr. Fabian Benjamin lamented that the affected universities have derailed from their statutory responsibility thereby running programmes that are antithetical to their mandates.
” Government notes the unfortunate situation were Universities of Agriculture offer programmes in Law, Management courses such as Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration among others.
As if that was not enough some institutions change the nomenclature of some of the courses to read for instance Banking Engineering, Accounting Technology, among other names. This is an aberration and should be stopped with immediate effect.” Benjamin said in the statement.
According to him , the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has directed the JAMB to delete all such courses on its portal while candidates desirous of sitting for the 2017 Universities Tertiary Matriculations Examination are advised not to be hoodwinked into such programmes noting that they are illegal and are not provided for in our brochure.
He added that the Board has not commenced the sales of the 2017 UTME application documents, advising candidates to exercise patience as JAMB is putting final preparations towards commencing the sales.
“The delay has been occasioned by the Board’s desire to reduce to the barest minimum challenges associated with the conduct of the Board’s examination. However, in the final analysis, Nigerians should note that admissions will be conducted within the stipulated dateline.
In view of the above, candidates and parents are advised not to pay money to any agent, bank for any registration as JAMB has not and will not appoint any agent. Soon, we will commence the sales and the Board will make elaborate announcement with jingles to ensure that the public is well informed of the commencement of sales.
Our earnest attempt is to come near perfection in the conduct of the next examination and we plead with the public to support the Board’s effort in ensuring that the Nigerian candidate gets the best.” He said