The Joint Admission Matriculation Board [JAMB] has made it clear to the public that the higher institution and JAMB has an equal right of granting students admission without been at loggerheads.
According to the JAMB Registrar, he said that in Nigeria, more often than not, we pursue the shadow and leave the substance and for me, both JAMB and the institutions offer admission to students.
They complement each other because there is no institution established by law where it is not said the Senate or academic board of that institution will be responsible for admission by law. And the same law gave JAMB the coordinating power of admission.
I believe there is no contradiction, it is when people want to ‘flex muscle’ they begin to say this is your territory. For me, as far as JAMB is concerned, we are at the service of the institutions, to work together on admission. I am not interested in drawing the line.
What we are supposed to do is to supplement and coordinate so that there will be no double admission, there will be equity and justice. We are like a referee; we do not admit anybody, unless he or she has been recommended by his institution.
So, if somebody says it is the institutions, he is right and if he says it is JAMB, he is also right because no institution will admit a person without the endorsement of JAMB and that is why I said we both admit and there is no quarrel about that. My colleagues, who are the heads of higher institutions, have been cooperating with me to make sure there is no conflict.