Oloyede, in a text message sent to the
supervisors at the various centres in the FCT on
Saturday in Abuja, expressed regrets at the
inconveniences it might caused the public,
especially the candidates.
He said that a new date would be communicated
to them later.
The examination, scheduled to hold on Saturday
in some accredited centres across the country
was shifted, infuriating many candidates.
The mock examination, which is not compulsory,
was designed to acquaint prospective candidates
on the application of the examination and its
processes using the Computer Based Testing
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN), who monitored the examination in some
parts of Lagos, reports that candidates reported
at their respective centres as early as 5.00 a.m.
In one of the centres in Ikeja, candidates waited
patiently till about 2.00 p.m. for the examination
NAN reports that when an official of JAMB at the
centre was approached to ascertain why the
examination had yet to start, he said that the
centre was experiencing network problem.
Not long after that, the official, who pleaded
anonymity, told NAN that information reaching
him indicated that the examination had been
He added that the postponement was due to
“some unforeseen circumstances’’ and that a
new date would be communicated to the
The official, however, said that JAMB regretted
the development and pleaded for understanding.
The information was later communicated to the
candidates, who expressed their disappointment.
One of the candidates told NAN that it would be
good for JAMB to avoid a repeat of the
development during the normal examination.
“Imagine what just happened; we have been
waiting here as early as 6.00 a.m. only for us to
be informed that the normal examination will no
“I feel disappointed even though it is a trial
examination, but at the same time, it is an eye
opener for the organisers to be on their toes, get
it right before May 6,’’ the candidate said.
Another candidate, Samuel Joel, called on JAMB
to do the needful in order to allay the fears that
the development might have raised.
Joel said that the country had come a long way
to be having such challenges.
“I do not really know the main reason for the
postponement of the mock examination, but I
just think that somewhere somehow, things did
not just turn out well.
“I am not happy going home now without doing
the examination after waiting for about eight
“Whatever it is that was responsible, it should be
tackled as quickly as possible to in order to
regain the confidence of the candidates,’’ he
At the Christ the King College (CKC),
Gwagwalada, FCT, one of the mock examination
centres, candidates were sighted waiting
patiently for the examinations.
NAN reports that some of the candidates that
failed to come to the centre with their
examination print out had found it difficult to
identify their seat number.
Mrs Rachael Angulu,the JAMB supervisor of the
centre, however, advised candidates to print out
their mock form before coming to the centre.
Another candidate, Miss Sarah Adeniyi, who
spoke to NAN, said she arrived at the centre as
early as 6.30 a.m. and as at 1.30 p.m., she had
not been allowed into the premises.
“I am so tired and hungry. I rushed down here
thinking they would keep to time. Look at us
under the sun since morning.
“I just feel like forgetting about this whole mock
examination,” she said.