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The Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board has scrapped the use of scratch cards for any of its
transactions and services, describing it as “archaic,” its Registrar/Chief
Executive, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has announced

He also demanded that the Federal
Government should revert to the former system where serving vice-chancellors of
universities were made chairmen of the Governing Board of JAMB.

A statement issued by the
spokesperson for JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, obtained by urban express on
Sunday, said Oloyede made the announcement in Abuja in a paper he delivered
during a meeting of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian
Universities.

According to him, JAMB would be
using the platform of pin vending to check all forms of fraudulent practices
which was prevalent with the use of scratch cards.

“The decision is as a result of its
consistent subjection to fraudulent practices, the use of scratch cards is
archaic and it is the aim of JAMB to also promote accountability in line with
government’s zero tolerance for corruption. This new system will be accessible
through the options of web payment, ATM issued cards (Visa, Verve and
MasterCard), online quick teller, ATM payment, quick teller mobile application
and Bank Branch case/card,” he emphasized.

Oloyede said in the olden days, the
understanding was that only serving vice-chancellors were made chairmen of
Governing Board of JAMB.

While appealing that government
should go back to the practice from inception, Oloyede added that since the
agency was a creation of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian
universities, it would only be proper for them to be clearly recognised as active
stakeholders to avoid any acrimony between tertiary institutions and JAMB.

He believed that going back to the
old practices would “engender good synergies and harmonious relationship with a
view to effectively delivering on its mandates.”

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