Protest as Jamb relocates office from Calabar to Uyo
There was a protest march in Calabar on Friday following the relocation of the zonal office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board from Calabar to Uyo in Akwa Ibom State.
JAMB Registrar, Prof Is’haq Oloyede, had ordered the immediate relocation of the examination body’s office.
Hundreds of students of senior secondary schools and undergraduates in the various universities in Cross River State besieged the Calabar office of JAMB on Friday morning to protest against the decision.
The protest prompted personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to take over the JAMB office in order to prevent hoodlums from attacking the facility.
It was gathered that the registrar gave the relocation order because JAMB was not getting any support from the state government to protect its officials from danger they were exposed to in the state.
According to NSCDC personnel and JAMB officials, the office was no longer conducive for their operations because of the menace posed by hoodlums attracted to the premises by the state transport outfit, the Commercial Transport Regulatory Agency.
The transport agency, also known as ‘100 Marian’, shares the same premises with JAMB and several impounded vehicles are parked around the area.
This was the reason the registrar was in Calabar to grace the West African Examination Council’s 56th Annual General Meeting and Award Ceremony yesterday (Thursday). He stopped by the office and was embarrassed at the sight and state of our office.
“These are essentially the reasons why he gave the order that since the state government had not responded to their appeals for a conducive office, we should move the Calabar office immediately to Akwa Ibom State.
This morning, students groups have come here with placards, pleading that the JAMB office in Cross River State should not be relocated. We understand they also stormed the governor’s office for the same reason,” a JAMB official said.
JAMB Coordinator in Cross River, Mrs. Oyinkansola Odhigada, failed to pick her calls when our correspondent tried to contact her.
The state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Godwin Ettah, also did not respond to calls.