Tuesday, 13 March 2012

JAMB gets 10,000 NSCDC operatives for exams

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps is to deploy 10,000 of its personnel to assist the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board curb malpractices during the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations.
This followed a request for assistance by the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, for assistance to curb the menace of exam malpractices.
A Deputy Commandant-General, NSCDC, Mr. Suleiman Bello, said this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Monday after a meeting between JAMB and the security agency.
The meeting which was held at the instance of the examination body, was part of activities lined up to ensure a hitch-free 2012 UTME.

Ojerinde said the board had assigned responsibilities to members of the corps.
Some of which, he added, included “handling of inedible ink which would be used on every candidate over Biometric Capturing before any candidate is allowed in the examination hall.”
He said, “Others are handling of Hand-held scanners for all centres, also all Civil Defence Corps members are expected to report at examination centres at 6:45am, as they would be expected to accompany officials to custodian centres.”
The Registrar also said the NSCDC was to ensure the safety of “live” items from the custodian points and the various examination centres.
Ojerinde said based on the surveillance role expected to be played by the NSCDC, the operatives were ordinarily not supposed to enter the examination halls.
He, however, said they could be called upon to “arrest any situation” such as when supervisors are seen to be compromising their positions or at any other time when they are required to do so.
The Registrar urged the corps commandant to brief its operatives to guide against any act that could undermine the process.
Bello, who led the officers of NSCDC, presented a prepared package on the operational guidelines for the assignment.
Bello said, “About 10,000 members of the corps have been mobilised for the assignment across the country.”
To avoid any clash with the Police, the civil defence chief requested for a letter to the Police High Command informing it of the specific role given to the corps.

Source; Punch

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