Don Criticises Withdrawal of 2016/2017 JAMB’sAdmission Lists

​Lagos — An educationist, Dr Victor Akinola, on Wednesday criticised

the withdrawal of admission lists by the Joint Admissions and

Matriculation Board (JAMB) from tertiary institutions in the country.

Akinola, the Director, Information and Communication Technology at

Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos, described

the withdrawal as an embarrassment.

He spoke against the backdrop of the recent withdrawal of the

2016/2017 admission lists from tertiary institutions by JAMB.

JAMB had on July 30 withdrawn the lists of recommended candidates

for admissions earlier sent to the tertiary institutions.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Media had in a statement

explained that the withdrawal was to ensure that the various

university senates perform their statutory responsibility.

“The withdrawal could have been avoided if the board had planned well

before the scrapping of post-UTME.

“The candidates whose names had been sent earlier to the universities

would definitely be demoralised.

“This unfolding event could have been avoided if there had been

proper planning by the board before the scrapping of post UTME,” he

told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“Democratically, universities should have an upper hand in determining

the students to be admitted following the laid down rules and


The don said the opportunity now given to tertiary institutions to

choose their candidates should have been the first thing to do before

the post-UTME was scrapped.

According to Akinola, the federal government does not have monopoly

in terms of admission of candidates into higher institutions.

He noted that the federal government could only regulate admissions

into its own institutions for balancing.

“So also states, regions, individuals, corporate bodies, missionaries

establish institutions for different motives and objectives.

“The proprietors have their own focus and objectives that do not

reflect the federal government’s interest.

“The best the government can do is to allow the proprietors to set the

criteria for admitting students based on set objectives,” Akinola said.