The Computer Based Test Center Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria, (CPAN) have condemned the intimidating leadership style allegedly used by the JAMB Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede in running the affairs of the institution.
The group wants the National Assembly to intervene in what it describes as ‘unwholesome and unprofessional conduct’ of the registrar.
Speaking at a media briefing, President of the association, Mr Maxwell Akwuruoha alleged that the ill-treatment meted out to key stakeholders of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is disappointing and uncalled for.
The association also accused Prof. Oloyede of the unprofessional practice of outsourcing critical services to incompetent solution providers who receive unimaginable payment, to the detriment of key stakeholders like the CPAN
‘‘Prof Ishaq Oloyede, in recent time got national recognition for the repatriation of seeming excess funds to the confers of government, this has only been so without the narrative of stakeholders who labour day and night to deliver the national project of e-testing aside the unprofessional practice of using the element of fear to administer his leadership at JAMB, especially through outsourcing of critical services to incompetent solution providers who receive unimaginable payment for contracts and conduct themselves in manners that attract disrepute in the guise of inefficiency to JAMB staff and JAMB’’
The CPANalso pointed out what it says is the unpatriotic and un-transparent of ad-hoc staff by JAMB as well as payment of their remuneration package above the serving staff of the board
‘‘Our cry today stems from the high handedness, discrimination, criminalization, victimization, oppression, intimidation, dehumanization and scandalizing treatments experienced from Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the present honourable registrar to JAMB’’.
Meanwhile CPAN says it had since 2016 made various presentations to the JAMB registrar, Federal Ministry of Education and the national assembly, crying out for close considerations to be made on the plight of CBT centre proprietors in the country.
While we call on the leadership of the national assembly, through the relevant committees to wade into this matter, we reiterate the passionate appeal of CPAN is as follows.
‘‘That a document of relationship be put in place to define the roles of CBT proprietors as well as that of JAMB and her privies to the extent that exam malpractice and technical issues are envisaged and not the annual random arbitrary policies selectively applied and intended for discrimination and victimization’’.
‘‘That the rental for the annual UTME examination be increased from six hundred nairas per candidate to one thousand five hundred naira, as energy and FOREX has happened since 2013 when this rental was stipulated, as such review would make the rendering of e-testing service attractive and worthwhile’’.
‘‘That JAMB should concentrate on its responsibilities of admissions and matriculation as against overt effort to criminalize CPAN in a bid to control services to NNPC, Customs, Immigration, Police and in recent time NIMC. The aggressive ambitions of the registrar to dictate activities at the CBT centres are only a disservice to the nation, especially where his high handedness had militated against digital literacy in Nigeria’’.
‘‘That exam malpractice and technical issues need to be properly tackled through the proper engagement of ad hoc staff who though are paid far more against serving JAMB staff but are reckless in manners that attract discredit to the board. Proper and transparent recruitment based on merit would check incompetence and character deficiencies’’.
Computer Based Test Center Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria is a body with the mandate of over 600 private owners of e-test/e-study centres duly registered with the cooperate affairs commission.