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By Abdulkabir Olatunji
If Professor Dibu Ojerinde was the previous Registrar of JAMB and remitted a maximum of N3 million in any year as operating surplus to the federal government and Professor Ishaq Oloyode who succeeded him in office is remitting a total of N8 billion in his first year, what is the exact and percentage difference in the two figures remitted?
This is the ‘JAMB’ question that the federal government is trying to answer as it announced yesterday that it would be investigating the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as well as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to unravel how and why such bewildering low sums of money were remitted into national coffers by previous chief executives of both government institutions in comparison to those that have replaced them under the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Even a candidate that scores 100 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would have figured out that the figures do not add up. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and the rest of the Federal Executive Council have noticed the discrepancies and want to find out what has been happening, she explained it thus:
“We also reported on the progress made by a number of our agencies some of whom have reported very significant increases in the amount paid into the consolidated revenue fund.
“Council discussed JAMB which recorded significant progress and NIMASA as well as others and gave us the charge to really go and look at these agencies, look in some cases the past management of those agencies and see where those agencies were leaking and to encourage agencies that haven’t done so to continue with efficiencies.”
While it might be too early to state that there was fantastic corruption in JAMB, it is fair to say that at the very least, there was a great amount of inefficiency and lack of accountability.
The bigger question for me is: how many more JAMB-like institutions are out there and how can we curb such monumental leakages from government?
I am beginning to ask too many questions but let me know what you think by dropping comments below.