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JAMB & NECO Registration Fee Reduced – by FEC



JAMB & NECO Registration Fee Reduced - by FEC

FEC Reduced Registration Fee – From N5k to N3K5 & N11K To N8K

For a better Nigeria – FEC has approved the reduction of Registration Fee


The Federal Executive Council (FEC) recently approved the reduction of examination fees charged by some government agencies in the country.

Arising from the exercise, the fee for the Joint Matriculation and Admissions Board (JAMB) examination form was reduced from N5,000 to N3,500; the National Examination Council (NECO) Senior Secondary Certificate Examination fee was reduced from N11,350 to N9,850 and the Basic Education Certificate fee from N5,500 to N4,000. The new fees regime will take effect from January next year.

The action of the FEC may not have been unconnected with the strident calls over the years for a reduction in registration fee charged by the examination agencies in the country. We recall that the House of Representatives had earlier called on the Ministry of Education in May this year to prevail on JAMB to reduce the fee charged for its examination.

In the case of JAMB which qualifies candidates for entry into tertiary institutions in the country, the agitations for a reduction in in registration fee, have been most persistent. The cause of the agitators was apparently helped by the disclosure of serial financial malfeasance by its staff and the billions of naira remitted to the Federation Accounts by Professor Ishaq Oloyede, since his assumption of office as the Registrar of the examination body.

Access to education by all is a basic guarantee of our constitution and all other related international conventions which Nigeria has signed. Nothing should be done to deny any Nigerian citizen access to education. The exorbitant registration fee charged by these examination bodies are barriers to accessing education in the country. It is good that government has listened to the concerns of some stakeholders in the sector and slashed the fees. The fees charged for the basic and entry examinations in the country must be affordable. In fact, such fees must reflect the challenging economic times.

The ideal would have been for government to make these examinations and indeed education free and compulsory at all levels. But when this becomes practically impossible, only minimum fees should be charged. That this has not been the practice is simply because the government has failed to act. It has also contributed to the nation’s underdevelopment.

Education and access to it must be prioritised by government at all levels in the country. Where education is effective and functional, the country experiences rapid socio-economic development with quantum leaps in GDP and human development index. It would take a visionary and selfless leadership to see the benefits of education and invest in it.

It is for this reason that we urge the Federal Government to consider a further reduction in the new fees that it has announced. It should also slash the fees charged for examinations conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC). The Federal Government should show more commitment to affordable education and the development of the country.

It is regrettable that successive governments in the country have not fully appreciated the role of education in the development of any nation. The persistent disruptions in the education sector as occasioned by frequent industrial actions and poor remuneration of workers only buttress this point. The members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are currently on strike over poor funding of universities and other welfare matters. In the same vein, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has also declared an indefinite strike over funding and other issues.

The government’s seeming lackadaisical attitude to matters concerning education must change, if the country is to realise its great potentials. However, we commend the government for slashing the fees of these public examinations and call for more commitment to education by all tiers of government.

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Customs Corner

Nigeria Customs Seeks Support of Traditional Rulers to Educate Subjects Against Smuggling



Author: Lucy Nyambi.

The Nigeria Customs Service has appealed to Traditional Rulers in border communities to support the service by educating their subjects against smuggling and assisting the NCS in its anti-smuggling activities.

The Comptroller-General Customs Service (CGC), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, made the appeal at a one-day workshop for the creation of Nigeria’s Platform for Local Authorities Along Nigeria-Benin International Boundary on Monday, 26 February 2024. In Ibadan, Oyo State.

The workshop had in attendance, His Excellency Adebayo Lawal, Deputy Governor and Chairman of Oyo State Boundary Committee, Her Excellency Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Deputy Governor and Chairman, Ogun State Boundary Committee, Adamu Adaji, Director General, National Boundary Commission, Traditional Rulers, Local Government Chairmen of Border Communities, representatives of heads of security agencies, among others.

Speaking at the event, the CGC, who was represented by the Zonal Coordinator, Zone A, ACG Hammi Swomen, emphasized the importance of the workshop to the mandates of the service.

He stated that the workshop is timely and the Service views it with great importance, “it is significant in view of our mandates in controlling movement of goods across our borders in and out of the country, protection of Nigerian Economy, collection of revenue and accounting for same, trade facilitation and implementation of National and International protocols, including the ECOWAS protocols on the free movement of persons and goods.”

He noted that the Service is working increasingly to educate border communities and doing so with strategic stakeholders such as traditional rulers, local and state governments.

He, therefore, appealed to traditional rulers to give the service the needed support by educating their subjects against smuggling and assist the NCS in its anti-smuggling activities.

His words, “I will, at this point, like to appeal to the traditional rulers to give the Service the necessary support in educating their subjects against smuggling and assist the Service in its anti-smuggling activities. It will greatly help the Service and other security agencies where development is brought to our border areas”.

On his part, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Adebayo Lawal, urged the DG National Boundary Commission to come up quickly with a Bill to be presented before the National Assembly in a way that will increase the budgetary provisions annually to cater for all the challenges faced by border communities.

Adamu Adaji, DG National Boundary Commission, stated that the workshop is intended to sensitize the people on unity and integration along the borderline.

“It is a workshop intended to sensitize our people to the fact that we have a boundary, but it is not unmindful of the fact that the people of Nigeria and Benin Republic share so much in common.”

“We want to take advantage of the oneness of these people along the border corridor, to see how we can enhance corporation which will help a long way to combat security challenges and promote cross border corporation and development of the border areas of the two nations.” He concluded.

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NCCSC Commandant Commends CGC Adeniyi’s Support for Training Programs



Author: Muhammad Bashir.

The Commandant of the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College (NCCSC) Gwagwalada, Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs Kingsley Egwuh, lauded the unwavering support of the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR for the College’s training initiatives.

ACG Egwuh extended his commendation during a recent interaction at his Office on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024, following a two-day capacity-building workshop focused on installing Virtual Reality Technology systems.

He said, “Under CGC Adeniyi’s leadership, the NCCSC has undergone significant advancements, including the establishment of a Language Lab, the provision of advanced training for officers, and the introduction of new courses.”

The Commandant added, “These transformations reflect the CGC’s commitment to equipping customs officers with contemporary knowledge and skills essential for effective service delivery.”

Emphasizing the significance of the VRT training supported by the World Customs Organization and Customs Corporation of Korea, ACG Egwuh underscored its role in enhancing Officers’ understanding of physical inspection procedures at ports.

He highlighted the pivotal role of trained officers in disseminating acquired knowledge to facilitate broader adoption of technology-based capacity-building initiatives within the Customs Service.

ACG Egwuh applauded CGC Adeniyi’s strategic policy framework, centered on consolidation, collaboration, and innovation, to enhance Officers’ exposure to technological advancements.

Describing his appointment as a call to service, he emphasized the critical role of the NCCSC in training and retraining Officers, as well as grooming middle-level Officers for higher responsibilities, especially in leadership and weapon handling, amongst other fields.

With an annual training capacity of at least 250 Officers, comprising Superintendents of Customs and Chief Superintendents, the Commandant highlighted the College’s pivotal role in upholding service standards and enhancing the reputation of the Nigeria Customs Service.

He reiterated CGC Adeniyi’s steadfast support for the College’s programs, underscoring its significant contribution to the Service’s operational excellence.

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JAMB Registers 1.8 million Candidates, for 2022 UTME



JAMB Registers 1.8 million Candidates, for 2022 UTME

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Sunday said a total of 1,837,011 candidates were successfully captured in the registration for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) programme




An estimated revenue of a total of N8.6 billion was generated. Out of the lump sum, a total of 776 computer-based test centres that took part in the exercise will share an estimated amount of N1.3 billion at the rate of N700 per candidate registered by each of the centres.


The Board also pledged support for the CBT centre owners over the sudden increase in the prices of diesel and the erratic power supply suffered nationwide recently.

Read Also: JAMB Announces Date for 2022 UTME, DE Registration

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