Prof. Ishaq Oloyede
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has scrapped the use of scratch card for any of its transactions and services.

The Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made the announcement in Abuja in a paper he delivered during a meeting of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.

He described the practice as “archaic” and one that should be ended in order to move the agency forward.

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In a statement by its spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB says it will now deploy the pin vending platform to check all forms of fraudulent practices which was prevalent with the use of scratch cards.

He explained: “The decision is as a result of its consistent subjection to fraudulent practices; the use of scratch cards is archaic and it is the aim of JAMB to also promote accountability in line with government’s zero tolerance for corruption.

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“This new system will be accessible through the options of web payment, ATM issued cards (Visa, Verve and MasterCard), online quick teller, ATM payment, quick teller mobile application and Bank Branch case/card.”

Oloyede also suggested a return to the old practice which saw only serving vice-chancellors being made chairmen of the Governing Board of JAMB since the agency was a creation of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian universities.

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This, he said, would “engender good synergies and harmonious relationship with a view to effectively delivering on its mandates” as he believed that the current setup has led to acrimony between tertiary institutions and JAMB.