The National Executive of NUNS at press Conference in kaduna polytechnic

The National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS) has accused the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) of extorting the ordinary Nigerians in an attempt to impress President Muhammadu Buhari.

NUNS resuscitated after the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), an umbrella body of students in the country splitted. The splinter group returned to the defunct National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS).

It would be recalled that NUNS was prescribed by the Federal Military Government under General Olusegun Obasanjo in April 1978 but was resuscitated at the weekend at Kaduna Polytechnic after the election of its national executives where Comrade Salaudeen Lukman, a student of Geology and Mineral Science from Kwara State University emerged the President of the revived union.

The union kicked against exorbitant charges levied on admission seekers into higher institutions, saying the regulatory body is derailing the change mantra of the president, part of which includes making education affordable to the citizens.

At a press conference organised by NUNS in Kaduna, its President, Ambassador Salahudeen Adeyemi Lukman bemoaned exorbitant charges on admission seekers, threatening that the union shall commence action against JAMB over what he described as “extortion of common man” by the regulatory body.

“JAMB is not a revenue-generating agency, but an examination regulatory body, so why has it suddenly turned to an IGR agency just to impress someone who never sent them.

“The charges of N10,000 for registration, N3,000 for profile development levy and other charges is fraud and aimed at sabotaging the efforts of President Buhari who is working hard to make education affordable for all Nigerians,” he said.

In a swift reaction, the spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin said the board is not extorting admission seekers into tertiary institutions of learning.

According to him, charges on admission seekers has remained the same over time, adding that government has not been funding activities of the board.

“Part of the money generated from sale of forms, change of higher institution and others are used to sustain the board while the remaining is remitted to the federal government’s account,” he explained.

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