The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has said his government will collaborate with the management of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to establish a computer-based test centre in Maiduguri.
The Governor revealed this when JAMB Registrar Professor Ishaq Oloyede paid him a courtesy call.
Professor Zulum who promised to allocate land for the centre further directed the State’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation to sponsor all interested indigenes of Borno state who are willing to study in tertiary institutions in other parts of the country.
The Governor explained that this move is to fill up the gaps in the merit and catchment area quotas in many Federal Government tertiary institutions across the country meant for Borno people.
Professor Oloyede in his address commended Governor Zulum for his accountability in governance which makes Borno state a reference point in Nigeria.
The JAMB registrar stated that six states in the North East have consistently produced fewer numbers of candidates for admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria compared to number of space available to them by design.
He also said, “Inability to fill up the space is attributable to low enrolment in secondary schools which is also evident in the inability of the North-East especially Borno to fill its quota in the Unity Schools across Nigeria.”
The registrar further urged the Borno State Government to constitute a committee of Borno/JAMB project on monitoring Borno student admission needs.