The Registrar/Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. Ishaq .O. Oloyede has said that Imo State has consistently maintained a leading position with the highest number of JAMB applications for five years.
Prof. Oloyede gave the hint when he visited Governor Rochas Okorocha with his team on a Courtesy Call at the Government House Owerri on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, stating that for the five years under review, Imo State has remained on top.
The JAMB’s second Technical Committee on the 2016 Admissions Exercise had met at the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, with Prof. Oloyede in attendance, disclosing that in 2012, Imo State had a total of One hundred and Twenty-three thousand, eight hundred and Sixty-five (123,865) applications to be on top of the table, followed by Delta State with Eighty-eight thousand, eight hundred and Seventy-Six (88,876).
He said in 2013, the State recorded One hundred and thirty-four thousand, Six hundred and ten applications, (134,610), followed by Delta State also with One hundred and one thousand, Six hundred and ten (101,610) applications, and in 2014, the State had One hundred and eighteen thousand, eight hundred and nine (118,809)applications, whereas, Delta State had Eighty-seven thousand, One hundred and fifty-three (87,153) applications to maintain the second position.
Prof. Oloyede further explained that in 2015, Imo State recorded One hundred and four thousand, three hundred and eighty-two applications (104,382) to maintain the first Position, while Delta State also maintained the second Position with Seventy-eight thousand, eight hundred and Fifty-six (78,856) applications, and in 2016, Imo State has One hundred and four thousand, three hundred and eighty-three (104,383), and also followed by Delta State with Seventy-eight thousand, eight hundred and fifty-four (78,854).
With these developments, Prof. Oloyede regretted that Imo State has only three Universities while Ogun and Osun States have 14 and 8 respectively, adding that it was crystal clear that Imo State does not have the number of Universities to accommodate its multitude of Candidates.
He explained that the free education programme in the State must have been the reason for the State’s unbeatable record of having the highest number of applications in JAMB for the five years in question, calling on the State Government to urgently encourage the establishment of Private Universities in the State.
In his response, Governor Okorocha said the State would sustain its free education programme at all cost, hinting that more resources would be provided for education.