• The Nigerian Senate has reportedly suspended the amendment of the Act establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) seeking to extend the validity of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results by three years.

    According to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary), Senator Aliyu Wamakko, who confirmed this to reporters during an oversight visit to the headquarters of JAMB in Abuja on Wednesday, the suspension was in order to allow for adequate consultation with stakeholders.

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    Wamakko, who was represented by Senator Ajayi Boroffice, stated that the senate would not make any laws that would impede on the progress of any institution.

    He said: “Your JAMB result is only valid for one year and we thought it will be better for it to be valid at least for three years. It will reduce the burden on the parents, on the students themselves even on the institution that is conducting the test. I think it is what is good for all of us and I don’t think the public will reject it.

    “As I said we don’t make laws for an individual or for the senate. We make law for the country in the interest of all of us. A bill must not necessarily be at the convenience of a particular organization, having said that, since we don’t want to make a law that will impede the progress of any institution we are bound to listen to what they are saying. We are bound to listen to them.”


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