FG using JAMB surplus to fund varsities, polytechnics, says spokesperson

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB has vowed to continue its practice of remitting its operating surpluses to the government, saying the funds are used to manage universities, polytechnics, and other tertiary institutions.

The spokesperson of the board, Fabian Benjamin, said this in a statement on Monday.

According to Benjamin, the board does not believe in holding on to surpluses and hence remits it to the Federal Government.

“Recall that the humongous remittances are the first in the history of the four-decade-old agency. The first landmark remittance was made in 2017, and the feat was repeated in subsequent years, in line with its belief that rules are made to be obeyed and, at any rate, the board does not believe it should hold onto money that does not belong to it,”

The statement added, “In addition, it might also interest the public to know that never in the history of tertiary institutions in Nigeria have the institutions benefited from the board’s operations as they now do.”

He added that the board JAMB would continue its practice of remitting the constitutionally-mandated proportion of its operational surpluses, in line with the extant government’s directive on the remittances.

“For instance, a huge chunk of these surpluses are ploughed back to the tertiary institutions through the National Tertiary Admissions Performance Merit Award and other platforms.


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