The House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education has ordered the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to present before it the list of tertiary education institutions that have conducted irregular/illegal admissions across the country.
The committee gave the order in Abuja at an interactive session with the management of JAMB and representative of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF).
It also demanded the institutions’ past recruitment list.
The committee, chaired by Hon. Oforji Oboku, however, commended JAMB for ensuring transparency in all its financial transactions and other activities.
The lawmakers, who were presented a 392-page document by JAMB, that contains audited accounts from 2019 to 2022, procurements details, budget performance, evidence of remittances, among others, expressed delight at the level of transparency exhibited by the exam body.
The committee, which also received presentation of the Board’s financial records from the AGF’s representative, Anum Lucy, however, set up a “unit committee” to find out reasons for the little discrepancies observed in the financial records presented by JAMB and that of the Accountant General Office.
Responding to some of the issues raised, JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, likened some of the discrepancies to payments’ charges that were not recorded by the Accountant General Office.
For example, when we pay N10, we report N10 but the portal through which the payment was made will deduct charges and record the net.
“While we record the gross, they are recording the net, and this accounts for those discrepancies. That is why reconciliation is necessary,” he said.
Oloyede, who said JAMB has been making remittances to the Federal Government’s coffers since 2017, revealed that the exam body does not receive allocations for capital projects and overhead from the national budget.
” We don’t collect capital, we don’t collect overhead, if you look at the budgets of other agencies in our category, you will see they collect capital and overhead, but neither of these do we collect, despite that, we make returns from what we collected. Our own IGR is what we spend on capital projects,” he said.
Earlier, in her presentation, the representative of the Accountant General of the Federation, Anum Lucy, said JAMB started its yearly remittances to the Federal Government’s account with N7.8 billion in 2017.
“JAMB as an organisation started remitting revenue to the coffers of the Government in 2017, and in that year, they remitted N7.8 billion to the coffers of government.
“In 2018, it was N5.2 billion. In 2019, it was N3.6 billion. In the year 2020 – N3.8 billion. In 2021 – N3.5 billion and N3.1 billion in 2022,” she said.
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REPS STOPS INCREASE OF FEES FOR NIGERIA LAW SCHOOL
The House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 21, asked the Council of Legal Education to put in abeyance, the recent 60 percent increase in the school fees of the Nigeria Law School.
Adopting a motion by the Minority Leader of the House, Kingsley Chinda and read on his behalf by Ginger Owusibe, the House asked its relevant committees on Justice and Tertiary Education and Services to explore solutions to the issue at hand and report back within two weeks.
Chinda described the Nigerian Law School as the medium through which the Council of Legal Education discharges its function to regulate the legal education of persons seeking to become members of the legal profession as provided for under Section 1(2) of the Legal Education (Consolidation, etc.) Act Cap. L10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
He said the function of the Council of Legal Education to oversee legal education in Nigeria includes deciding the cost of tuition and other services rendered to students of the Nigerian Law School.
He stressed that Nigeria is currently facing a 27.33% inflation rate, as reported by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, which is projected by Trade Economics to rise to 30.00% by December 2023.
He however expressed concern that in exercising its functions, the Council of Legal Education has approved a 60% increase in Nigerian law school fees from ₦296,000. 00 to ₦476,000 for the 2023/2024 Bar Part II academic session.
He said further that the 2023–2024 Bar Part II Academic session commenced in January 2024 with no time given to prospective students to raise the balance.
He warned that failure to promptly address the need for a balance between the Council’s service quality and students’ affordability could result in a significant drop in Nigerian law school enrollment.
According to him, this, in turn, would lead to fewer lawyers being called to the Bar, ultimately contributing to a higher national unemployment rate among those unable to pursue legal careers.
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