The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has arrested three cybercafé operators for selling JAMB UTME 2020 forms above the approved N4,700 in Bayelsa.
The State Commandant of NSCDC, Mrs Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, said that the arrest was made following complaints by JAMB officials to the command in Bayelsa.
Adiakam-Omanu, who spoke shortly after a visit to JAMB office in Yenagoa to monitor the ongoing registration for the 2020 UTME, said NSCDC frowned at the reported sharp practices.
“The NSCDC has been collaborating with JAMB in providing security for its examinations, materials and staff over the years and we have been involved in their operations.
“We got information from JAMB officials that some cybercafé operators were exploiting candidates and charging more than the approved N4,700 fees for the UTME.
“Due to reports of sharp practices in the registration process, the Commandant-General of NSDC expanded the scope of our responsibilities to include the registration for the UTME examinations.
“We deployed personnel on surveillance and so far, three cybercafé operators involved in the syndicate charging students N6,000 and above for purchase of the form are in our custody being interrogated before prosecution,” Abiakam-Omanu said.
Speaking on the development, Mrs Beatrice Ette-Nyiam, Bayelsa Coordinator, JAMB, said the board was worried that in spite of efforts by the Federal Government to make the examinations affordable people still exploited prospective candidates.
Ette-Nyiam said that the board received complaints from candidates that the 2020 UTME PINs were being sold for as much as N6,500 per candidate at cybercafés who were not permitted to sell JAMB PINs.
“The board does not have any dealing with cybercafés, we have accredited entities that generate and vend 2020 JAMB PINs and we suspect that the cybercafés are in collusion with them.
“We shall ensure that any of the approved PIN vendors involved in illegal increase of the PINs would be sanctioned according to JAMB regulations and their approval revoked.
“The official cost of the 2020 UTME PIN is N3,500, Reading Text N500 and Service fee of N700 for the Computer Based Test, anything more that this is not acceptable to JAMB,” Ette-Nyiam said.
The Federal Government had in November 2018 slashed the UTME PIN cost from N5,000 to N3,500 reducing total fees payable to N4,700 to ease the burden on parents.
COVID-19: Churches, mosques, schools get reopening dates in Ekiti
Worship centres and schools in Ekiti State will reopen in July, Governor Kayode Fayemi said on Tuesday.
Fayemi said the state government would reopen places of worship and schools across the state effective from July 17 and 20 respectively.
Fayemi also said that the state had taken an N2.5bn Life Insurance cover of N2m each for 500 frontline medical personnel involved in the COVID-19 assignment, saying the move was in addition to the prompt payment of COVID-19 special allowances to qualified cadres.
The governor, who spoke in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday evening, said, as part of efforts to curtail and contain community spread which chances were high with the present development, said,
“Our random community testing starting with Ikere Ekiti Council on July 1, 2020 and moving from council to council”.
“Efforts are now in top gear to ensure our children return to school from July 20, 2020 as recommended by the interface between the Ministry of Education and all stakeholders in the education sector”.
Fayemi, who said the schools’ resumption would be in phases starting with students in terminal classes (SS3, JSS3 and Primary six) to prepare for their examinations, said, “Other classes will be gradually absorbed as schools meet all requirements to accommodate them safely and responsibly”.
“As jointly agreed with the leadership of the faith community, religious worship centres may resume controlled services from Friday July 17, 2020 starting with worship services once a week; Friday Jumat for Muslims and Saturday and Sunday Services for Christians.
“This is however subject to strict and full compliance with the regulations regarding worship centres which include social distancing of six-feet between worshippers, hand washing and face masks,” the governor said.
“By the current assessment of the situation and the advice of the experts, we have decided to proceed as follows: Free unhindered movement will continue Mondays – Fridays only from 6:00 am to 8:00pm daily while Dusk to Dawn Curfew will be enforced 8:00pm – 5:59 am seven days a week.
“There shall continue to be a restriction of movement at weekends (Saturday and Sunday) until July 19, subject to the conditional relaxation of church attendance on Saturdays and Sundays. In conformity with the Federal Government directive, the ban on travel to and from Ekiti State is hereby lifted except during the Dusk to Dawn curfew daily.
“The ban on large gathering of more than 20 persons except on approved worship days continues. Social, political or business gatherings like parties, burials, meetings, bars, viewing centres, sports meet must not exceed 20 persons and must comply with prevention protocols of six-feet social distancing, face masks and hand washing,” he said.
Tension in Benue State University over coronavirus
As the number of coronavirus rises in Benue, tension has heightened following the failure of the state government to further disclose the identity of the victims.
It will be recalled that the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, had all along revealed the identity of people earlier tested positive to the virus, this he hinged on the appropriate way to stem the spread of the virus.
Since the figure continues to climb, the governor had stopped to disclose the identity of the victims.
This has heightened tension, particularly, that the authority of Benue State University decontaminated the school yesterday.
The decontamination of the school was allegedly hinged on the report that some management staff of the University already tested positive to COVID-19.
A member of the State Committee on COVID-19 who did not want his name mentioned revealed that top management staff of the State University tested positive to coronavirus.
Reacting to the allegation, head of the Information unit of the University, Terzungwe Tservanger dismissed the report, saying that the decontamination of the entire school was in preparation for the resumption of students.
“There is nothing like the VC or any other top management staff of the University tested positive to coronavirus, decontamination of the school was in preparation for the resumption of students,” Tservanger said.
When contacted, the secretary of the State Action Committee on COVID-19 and Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo, declined comment on the issue, stating that given the identity of people who tested positive to COVID-19 in the state noo would further heighten tension.
Dr. Ongbabo, however, said that the state had recorded 65 cases as at Monday, June 30, 2020, and enjoined people of the state to be more serious by adhering to all the precautionary measures of social distancing, hand washing, use of face masks among others to stay safe.
He urged everyone to see the next person as a suspect stressing that people should shun the idea of seeing the virus as a fluke.
“This is not the time to be releasing the identity of those tested positive to the disease because it will further heighten tension in the state.
“As on Monday, the state had recorded 65 cases. Of the number, 44 have been treated and discharged,” Ongbabo said.
WAEC limits exam towns for WASSCE second series
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has opened registration for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for Private Candidates, 2020 – Second Series with a note to candidates to check the examination towns’ list before registering.
According to the advert for the examination signed by the Council’s Head of National Office (HNO), Mr. Patrick Areghan, 36 subjects would be examined during the examination, which does not have a fixed date yet because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Usually, the examination holds between August and October every year.
The online registration is open until July 31, 2020.
However, Areghan warned interested candidates to find out if their preferred location would be listed as examination towns as only urban centres would be used for the examination.
“The examination will be urban-based and will be conducted at a period to be announced in due course. Thirty-Six (36) subjects would be available for the examination. Intending candidates are advised to visit the Council’s corporate website – www.waecnigeria.org to confirm available examination towns and subjects before obtaining the registration PIN,” he said.
Lagos has the highest number of examination towns listed – 27 – followed by Ogun with 16, and Rivers State with 13.
While registration for the examination cost N13,950, those who register after the deadline as ‘walk-in candidates, would have to pay N30,500 to write the examination as long as they register a day before the paper they desire to write.
“Candidates, who wish to register for the examination after the close of entries may be accommodated as ‘Walk-in-Candidates’, provided they register not less than 24 hours to the scheduled time of the paper(s) they intend to write. The ‘Walk-in-Candidates’ fee is N30, 500.00 only.
The HNO said once candidates access the site, they must conclude their registration within two weeks.
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