The registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Is-haq Oloyede, has hinted of the possibility of postponement of this year’s unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) which has been slated to hold between June 5 and 19.
He said the decision to either postpone the examination or to continue as scheduled would be taken later on Friday at a meeting billed to hold with concerned individuals and institutions.
Mr Oloyede, who disclosed this on Friday morning during an ongoing virtual meeting with relevant stakeholders ahead of the examination, blamed the development on the difficulties being experienced by the candidates in their efforts to register.
The registrar, however, confirmed that the mock examination that is slated for May 20, will go on as scheduled.
“We are here to commend you and also to apologise to you for putting you through some hardships, especially in your efforts to register. Most of these things are outside our purview. They have to do with government policies and we have little or no control over them.
“While the mock examination will go on as scheduled we cannot say the same of the main examination. This is primarily because of NIN. We have more than 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest in our examination but are yet to receive their details.”
Igbo Nation or Biafra With Ethnic Minorities? Chief Chukwudị Nwokoye writes (Must Read)
Igbo Nation or Biafra With Ethnic Minorities?
-By Chukwudị Nwokoye Esq. LL.M, B.L.
To me, I believe in homogeneity. Let Igbo states be a country of its own. Life works better when you have same language, culture, beliefs etc, that way no one would keep talking about we marginalize them or talk of oil or no oil. All Igbo or people who believe that they are Igbo people in other states would be part of Igbo Nation via boundary adjustments. Other minor ethnic groups can decide if they want to join us and become minorities or not. we have Igbo population everywhere around the world. We have a sizeable Igbo population even in Equatorial Guinea.
Yoruba people have a sizeable population of their people in Benin Republic. The Fulani is all over the coast of Africa. Do we support them to colonize any nation with Yoruba or Fulani population respectively? The Jews are all over almost every country in the world, are they going to cede those countries to Israel? So is the Igbo Nation going to colonize Edo, Delta, Cross River, Rivers, Benue, Kogi, Akwa Ibom etc, just because they have Igbo population?
The answer is no.
The most important thing is to have a homeland where everyone could be safe and the oppressors can’t torment us anymore because we would be readily up to the task of defending our homelands. We would also be obligated to defend our kins across the border if they are being molested by their governments. But we should not create the impression that we are about to dominate other people or bully them into joining our cause. Trust and believe that a strong and very prosperous Igbo Nation would attract ‘brothers and sisters’ from all over to claim ancestry with us.
Again, there has been this argument that we are trying to force those who have Igbo names and speak Igbo, but say that they are not Igbo, to say that they Igbo by force. The argument is lame in that Igbo population is estimated to be over forty million people. The CIA World Factbook puts the Igbo population in Nigeria at 24%, of 177 million, which is approximately 42 million people. This is bigger than the population of Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, and Hungary put together. It is not like the Igbo people are so small in population that we need to add others in order to be sizeable enough to be an independent nation. The country of Djibouti which has a thriving economy, has only 976,107 (nine hundred and seventy six thousand, one hundred and seven) people. Equitorial Guinea has 1.5 million people.
I don’t believe in unnecessary bickering in a new nation where we have fight old minority battles again. Why would someone be a minority in Nigeria, and also want to be a minority in a new nation. Let them be. Let them be an independent nation too. They could sign a defense, technology or economic pact with Igbo Nation and still maintain their independence.
I don’t understand. Why do people have time to do this argue about who’s Igbo and who is not. If anyone speaks Igbo and goes by Igbo name but identify himself as of a different ethnicity, I don’t think that it is a big deal to tell him about his name or his language. You can’t force a he-goat to mate.
The people already know what they want to identify as. It is not my place to tell people where to belong to or identify with. So what is the point. If they wants to identify as Ijaw, Ika, Yoruba, Hausa, Urhobo, Edo, Ibibio, etc, let them identify. My attitude is that if you call yourself a prophet, I would call you a prophet. Chikena.
There are Jews that changed their names after the holocaust and refused to be identified with the Jews to avoid persecution. Up till today, even though there have been a lot of years gone by since the holocaust, they still do not feel comfortable being Jews. That is survival for them, as in life and death situations. So nothing is new.
I don’t know what anyone’s circumstances are, and it is personal to him. But for me, what some Igbo people fail to understand is that when you lose a war, the persecution that comes with it is enormous.
Just like in every day life, if you are successful in your life pursuits and in whatever you do, you would have many brothers, friends and relatives. People who you never met before would claim to be your relatives. You would meet classmates or mother’s/fathers ‘best friends’ that you never heard about before.
The funny thing is that the common oppressor does not care about what your cultural identity is, if you are not Fulani or Hausa, they would call you “nyamiri” (give me water)-a derogatory word for Igbo. If they are killing Igbo people, you cannot be spared. Even if you are Hausa and you are not supportive of their actions, you are a nyamiri.
Igbo Nation or Biafra With Ethnic Minorities? Chief Chukwudị Nwokoye. Esq. LL.M, B.L.
JAMB Set To Conduct Second 2021 UTME (See Details)
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) may conduct a second 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination for candidates with genuine registration challenges.
The Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede spoke on Wednesday, in Lagos while monitoring profiling of the candidates.
Oloyede said 17,758 candidates with challenges have been interviewed nationwide.
“We may have to conduct another examination for those with genuine cases after the main UTME slated for June 19 to July 3,” he said.
He noted that some candidates admitted they did not have money to procure UTME forms.
Oloyede said in some cases, applicants sent their NIN to 55012 instead of 55019.
[6/10, 5:50 AM] godwinchi10: Others sent the same command with post-paid phones rather than pre-paid,” he added.
The JAMB chief reiterated the board’s commitment to give every Nigerian an equal opportunity
JUST IN: Polytechnic Lecturers Suspend Strike
Polytechnic lecturers have suspended their strike to allow the Federal Government implement their demands as contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with them.
The lecturers said the suspension was for three months to enable the government complete execution of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed with the Union since 27th April, 2021.
The lecturers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), vowed to resume the suspended industrial action if the government fails to implement the demands after three months.
“Following an appraisal of the report indicating the gradual implementation of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed between our Union and the Federal Government, the Union has resolved to suspend its 65 days old industrial action with effect from 10th June, 2021.
“The suspension is for a period of three months to enable the government complete the execution of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed with the Union since 27th April, 2021.
“As part of the efforts communicated by the Federal Ministry of Education, certain items have been fulfilled like the reconstitution and inauguration of governing councils and visitation panels in Nigerian Federal Polytechnics while we are led to believe that the release of funds for infrastructure revitalisation and minimum wage arrears is currently being processed.
“Other items include the ongoing efforts at the review of the Scheme of Service and Conditions of Service for Polytechnics as well as the commencement of work towards resolution of the issues around CONTISS 15 migration arrears for the lower cadre. We also acknowledge the recent passage of the Bill for removal of the dichotomy against HND holders in the country.
“In reaching the decision to suspend the strike, our Union took into cognizance the appeals made by the government, revered traditional stools in the country, members of the National Assembly, Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics and indeed members of the public who showed varied interests in the matter.
“It is the expectation of our Union that the suspension of this action will provide an enabling environment for the government to fulfill other aspects of the memorandum of action and afford the government an opportunity to reverse its trust deficit within our sector.
“We equally appreciate the different layers of intervention by critical stakeholder groups in the sector within the period,” the lecturers said in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of ASUP, Abdullahi Yalwa.
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