Efio-Ita Nyok|6 April 2017
Over 600 prospective candidates of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday took to the streets of Calabar to protests the poor internet service which has grossly affected their registration process for the examination.
The candidates, who started their protest at around 7AM in the morning from the JAMB office at Marian road, went round Barracks road and the Millennium Park before returning back to the JAMB office.
The candidates were chanting solidarity songs and holding fresh leaves in their hands while the police and men from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps followed them round to ensure they was no destruction of properties.
One of the candidates, Mr Jeremiah Osibu, told NegroidHaven that since the commencement of the registration by JAMB on March 20th, he has not been able to get his Personal Identity Number for his registration.
“The process of registration this year has been so difficult. I come to this JAMB office on every working day; but uptil now, I have not been registered”, he lamented.
Miss Comfort Eban, told our correspondent that after paying the N6, 200 fee for the examination, she has spent more than N8,000 on transportation from her house to JAMB office since March 20th.
“I am joining this protest today because we want our leaders and the examination body to hear our cry. The 2017 process of registration is too stressful.
“From the look of things, if this registration exercise continues like this in the next few days, thousands of prospective candidates would not sit for this examination”, she said.
For Mr Richard Onah, who said he came all the way from Ogoja local government area to register for the examination, called on JAMB to extend the registration exercise with a view to capture all those who have paid for the examination.
Consistent efforts by NegroidHaven to get entrance into the office of the State Coordinator of JAMB to get his comments proved abortive because the prospective candidates in their large number had blocked all the entrances leading to the office as a result of the protest.
NegroidHaven observed that as a result of the poor internet service which keeps the prospective candidates from morning to evening every day, petty traders were using the opportunity to make brisk gains from their rice, sachet water, biscuit and banana businesses.
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