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February 24, 2017

Register only at JAMB accredited centres for safety, authenticity – CPAN advises Imo JAMB candidates

The Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre Proprietors Association of Nigeria – CPAN, Imo State chapter has alerted JAMB candidates and the public of the “illegal activities of unaccredited business houses, defrauding unsuspecting members of the public huge sums of money by selling fake 2017 JAMB registration forms and other fraudulent practices.”

Addressing a press conference at Data Tech Headquarters Owerri, on Wednesday, the Chairman of CPAN, Imo State, Comr. Chidiebere Egboh, described the activities of the fraudsters who run unauthorized business outfits in Imo State as dangerous with grave consequences likely to destroy the future of Imo citizens.

Comr. Egboh described CPAN as the umbrella national association which unites owners of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Nigeria, fully approved by JAMB as centres for its online examinations. He said their core objective is to ensure that the innovative electronic examinations for admissions into tertiary institutions are conducted smoothly without malpractice and irregularities associates with public examinations in Nigeria.

The CPAN boss noted that at the time of the press briefing, JAMB has neither announced date for the commencement of registration, released the forms for registration nor the fee for this year’s examinations. He recalled that the Registrar of JAMB has in a recent press release banned unaccredited business houses from participating in registration of candidates for JAMB examinations.

According to him, JAMB has directed that only CBT centres that meet prescribed standards set by JAMB including the installation of CCTV cameras with up to 250 sets of computers and which are duly accredited will participate in the registration and examination.

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In his contribution, a member of CPAN and Director of Data Tech Computer College Owerri, Chief Sir Larry Osuagwu noted that education is the biggest industry in Imo State because the state provides the highest number of candidates for JAMB examination, thereby making them vulnerable to fraudsters.

He also said that parents are losing money to these fraudsters because they all want their children to get into higher institutions as quickly as possible. He explained that the main purpose of forming CPAN is to reduce examination malpractice and also combat the fraudsters by reporting them to law enforcement agents for prosecution. He also stated that for now there are only eleven JAMB accredited CBT centres in the state which include, (1) Date Tech Computer College Owerri, (2) Swintec Computer Institute Owerri, (3) Unique Computer Institute, (4) Young Star Computer Training College (Akokwa), (5) Appex Biz Tech (Mbaise), (6) Benchmark Educational Centre, (7) Pope John Paul II Model School (Mbaise), (8) Prestige Computer Institute, (9) School of Health Computer College (Orlu), (10) Spotlight Computers (Mbano) and Prince of Peace (Amaraku). He also mentioned the public CBT centres like, Federal Poly Nekede, FUTO, IMSU etc.

Chief Osuagwu advised candidates that have made any form of payment to any person or group of persons for JAMB registration forms or for special centres to collect their money back because JAMB is yet to start selling forms and there will be no room for special centre’s in this years JAMB examinations.

Also speaking at the briefing, the director of Unique Computer Institute, Mr. Orevi Okwa revealed that the easiest way to know JAMB accredited centres is look it up in JAMB’s official website where accredited centres are listed.

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