Information reaching us this morning indicates that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, yesterday cancelled two centres in the ongoing matriculation examination. grapevine gathered that the centres were cancelled following complaints of poor facilities provided by the centres’ administrators in Lagos.

Dr Beatrice Okorie, the Coordinator, National Headquarters Annex of the board in Lagos, disclosed this in an interview in Lagos. Okorie, who is coordinating the Yaba College of Technology’s Computer Based Test (CBT) examination centre, said candidates at the two centres had been relocated to another centre nearby. She named the affected centres as Huntview Technology Limited, No. 4, Ayanboye St., Anthony village and the New Ocean Comprehensive High School, Megida, Ayobo area, Lagos.

She implored candidates in the affected centres, who were yet to sit for their examinations, to report immediately to the alternative centres provided for the examination.

“We have relocated candidates from the Huntview Technology Limited, at no. 4, Ayanboye st. Anthony, Lagos to Jkk building, ETC Nigeria Limited, 229, Ikorodu road, Ilupeju.

“Also, all candidates initially posted to the New Ocean Comprehensive High School, Megida, Ayobo, were relocated to Island Computers College, 99, Meiran road, Otapo Bus-stop, Meiran, Lagos.

“We appeal to all candidates posted to these centres to relocate to the new centres immediately. “We have stationed officers of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps at the cancelled centre to direct candidates to the new centres”, she said.

Okorie explained that the generator at New Ocean Comprehensive High School got burnt during the first paper on Feb. 27 and destroyed some computers and cables.

“We managed it for that day but we cannot continue because we do not want any candidate to suffer or miss the examination on account of the incident. Many computers are not functioning properly at the Huntview Technology Limited”, she said.

The coordinator explained that prior to the examination, she had held meeting with all the CBT centre administrators in Lagos on Feb. 19, and pleaded with them to put their facilities in proper shape. She warned that any centre with faulty router would not be able to access the questions from the JAMB server.

Okorie noted that the affected centres would not be paid because they breached the agreement. “The sanction for any centre that failed to meet the requirements is that it will forfeit agreed payment. We pay the centres after the examination”, she further explained.

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