The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the downward review of Examination registration fees for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Senior Secondary and Basic Education Certificate.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this at the end of the Council’s meeting which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the minister, the JAMB fee for the UTME has been reduced from N5,000 to N3,500, the Senior Secondary School fee charge by NECO is now N9,850 as against N11,350 while the Basic Education certificate by NECO is reduced from N5,500 to N4,000.
“Today the Council approved a reduction of fees paid for JAMB, Senior Secondary and Basic Certificate Examinations.
“This has been long awaited since the current administration came into office and then (effected) a change in JAMB Management (to one) with prudence.
“We were able to see that what is being charged as fees for JAMB examination shouldn’t be because a lot of it was siphoned in the past by corrupt officials
“So, in answer to the yearnings by parents, the President directed that we should look into ways of reducing the charges.
“So accordingly, with effect from January 2019, JAMB fees for tertiary examinations will be reduced from N5,000 to N3,500; for the SSCE fees charged by National Examinations Council (NECO) will be reduced from N11,350 to N9,850 and for the BSCE by NECO, it will reduce from N5,500 to N4,000.”
On the on-going negotiations between government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) the Minister said that the meeting would reconvene on Nov. 30.
Minister of Interior, retired Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, announced that the Council approved the production of an Identity card for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for Nigerians.
He said this followed approval of the committee of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS that the Identity Card should be produced for all its member countries.
He said: “I presented a memo on the production of ECOWAS biometric identity card.
“This is in response to the decision of the committee of Heads of State and Government, taken sometime in 2014, to replace the current ECOWAS travel certificate. This was to take effect in January 2016.
“The project is to cost about N14.7billion and this is a contractor financed project and what that means is that the service provider is to use his funds to finance the project.
“The contract will be for a period of 10 years and within those 10 years, it is expected that about 13 million cards would be produced.”
According to him, it is hoped that the new identity card will help to enhance security at all Nigerian borders.
“Currently the ECOWAS travel certificate in use does not have biometric features and so it is subject to abuse and can be produced anywhere without room for checking the background of the holder.
“But the new identity card carries the photographs, fingerprints and other details of the card which can be checked instantly.
“It will reduce the time spent at entry points and it will also help the Interpol identify persons involved in cross-border criminal activities,” Dambazau said.