There are only 15 approved JAMB Registration centres in Port Harcourt, two shy of last year’s 17 centres. This is quite low when compared to the number of centres in states like Lagos (71), Ogun (32), Kano (29), Kaduna (35), Abia (26), Nassarawa (27), and Edo (24) in the ongoing registration.

JAMB’s South-South Zonal Coordinator, Beatrice Etta-Nyim told reporters that lack of collaboration with the Board, by the Rivers State Ministry of Local Government Affairs have been the major setback to creating more centres in the state. She said she had tried to contact the ministry, but her efforts yielded no results.

The Ministry has responded to the claims by the Zonal Coordinator, describing it as ‘Malicious’ in a statement released to the media. The commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Rodaford Longjohn, in his statement, said the zonal coordinator has not contacted the ministry since 2015 when the present administration assumed office. He asked the zonal inspector to explore official channels of communication when contacting the Ministry. 

Rivers State recorded about 40,000 – 50,000 candidates each year between 2012 and 2015. On average, each centre is expected to enrol up to 3,000 candidates to stay within range of the number of candidates that register in the state. The Examination is scheduled to hold in March. 

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