The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says President Muhammadu Buhari approved the reduction of UTME fees to alleviate the burden of the cost of the examination.
Africa News 24 had reported earlier that President Buhari reduced the costs of forms for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), and the Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE) conducted by the National Examination Council (Neco), as well as the Basic Education Certificate Examination.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, after the Federal Executive Council meeting in State House, Abuja.
Giving reason for the decision in a statement signed by JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the examination body said the reduction was because the president cared about the plight of ordinary Nigerians.
Benjamin further said in the president’s determination to alleviate poverty and ensure that every Nigerian desirous of tertiary education is not deprived, the government had introduced policies and incentive to boost the economy of ordinary Nigerians and has seen this reduction as a platform to bring more Nigerians on the tertiary education template.