The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is set to build a Computer Based Test Centre, which will accommodate about 5,000 candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations in Ogun State.
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar, JAMB, revealed this shortly after Ibikunle Amosun, governor of the state, laid foundation for the building, which is estimated to gulp N1 billion.
He said that the structure will be funded by JAMB and the National Communications Commission, NCC. He also said that it would accommodate candidates in Lagos and other states in the Southwest.
Oloyede explained that 36 per cent of the candidates who register and sit for the UTME every year come from Ogun (17 per cent) and Lagos states (19 per cent) respectively, hence the need to have a mega CBT centre that would cater for the population.
He said this would make the process of registration and conduct of the examination seamless for the candidates.
“The Federal Government directed that the NCC should construct two CBT centres in the North and Southern parts of Nigeria. I applied for a centre for Ogun State and it was granted. The Ogun State Government graciously allocated this expanse of land to JAMB.
“Our intention is to have a mega CBT centre in Lagos State but considering the space we have here, we went back to the drawing board and decided that it should be sited in Abeokuta. It will serve the entire South-West states,” he said.
He further stated that similar centres were being constructed in Bauchi (Bauchi State) and Owerri (Imo State), among others.
Oloyede commended Amosun for allocating the land to JAMB. He also lauded the recent return of the post-UTME screening test to the universities by the Federal Ministry of Education.
He said this “is the standard practice even in the United Kingdom and other countries.”