The Federal government’s have planned to ban all private registration centres for the Joint Administration (JAMB), West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO) and other examinations in the country.
The move has been described as unreasonable, counter productive in the nation’s quest for the advancement of the education sector.
This is as the private operators have vowed to resist the planned action against them.
Investigations by schoolwatch.com.ng grapevine Abuja has shown that the Federal Government, through its agencies, has created designated centres for WAEC, JAMB, NECO and other examination bodies to carry out registration of intending candidates for such examinations.
Liveschoolnews.com.ng grapevine gathered authoritatively that two centres have been created in Abuja, at Utako and Garki, in addition to the JAMB and WAEC offices located in the city.
It was also learnt that Osun State has two centres, Oyo State also has two centres, while Cross River State also has two centres, all located in Calabar, the state capital.
Nasarawa also has two centres, among other states.
By this arrangements, the students would have to travel long distances to have themselves registered for any of the examinations, if their dream of gaining admission into any of the higher institutions must be realised.
Reacting to the FG’s action in Karu, Nasarawa State, Coordinator, Association of Information Communication Technology of Nigerian, Ben Ibilomi, described the planned closure of ICT centres involved in registration of candidates for examinations, especially WAEC, JAMB, NECO and others as unreasonable and counter productive.
According to Ibilomi, a situation where only two registration centres are created to cater for the teaming Nigerians seeking admission in each state and the FCT was also a major setback to the advancement of the education sector.
Ibilomi explained that it is “only irresponsible government in which the present administration is not noted for, that can embark on such polices at the 21st century. where the world has become a global village with the enthronement of ICT which the present administration has been contending with.
“Our questions are: What is wrong with the government collaborating with the private ICT operatives and create a conducive working environment for their operations?
“What is the economic benefit to the policy makers and the Nigeria people if such centres are closed for business?
“How many jobs are there for the unemployed who will be affected by closure of these centres?
“What is the fate of Nigerians in the rural areas without access to the government approved registration centres?
The ICT Coordinator, while advocating for a proactive mechanism, functional and sustainable policy in the Information Communication Technology (ICT), opined that instead of government embarking on such a move, it should rather consolidate on the operations and activities of these private organisations that are complementing government’s efforts in the area of job creation.
“We have been paying over N10, 000 yearly by each of our members, thereby boosting the revenue base of the government.
“Our operations are not totally free; we are contributing our quota to business development and economic improvement in the country”, Ibilomi declared.
According to Ibilomi, ICT private operators are providing over 40 per cent of the nation’s work force in the country.
“As such, it will be unreasonable for the government to contemplate such policy at this trial moment that the entire world has gone digital”.
He urged the Federal Government to be actively involved in the operations and activities of some of the private organisations, through the introduction of polices that would bring about economic growth.
He assured the government of the readiness of his organisation to collaborate with the relevant agencies and bodies, especially in the education and economic sector.
Effort to get the reaction of the authorities concerned proved abortive, as none of them could be reached for comments at the time of going to press.
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