Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) awarded N375 million to the best five performing tertiary institutions during the 2019 admission year.
The institutions are the University of Ilorin, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Federal University, Wukari and the Ogun State Institute of Technology, Ilese. Also, the University of Ilorin won in another category.
With 108,917 candidates, University of Ilorin was rewarded for being the Most-Subscribed university by candidates in the 2019 admission exercise, while it was also adjudged the institution with the highest number (66) of international students.
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State, won the Most National University in terms of the spread of intakes.
The Federal University, Wukari has adjudged the Most Improved Institution with Gender Balance as Ogun State Institute of Technology, Igbesa, was rewarded with Most Compliant in Admission Guidelines.
Each of the winners was given a certificate and N75 million by the examination body. JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, appreciated the institutions for their outstanding performance in the previous year and encouraged other institutions to emulate them.
Mr Adamu congratulated the winners and applauded the efforts of the board towards ensuring excellence in the country’s tertiary institutions.
Mr Adamu said the awards “were one of the government’s reward system and intervention to institutions.”
“In 2019, JAMB at the first edition of the programme, supported the Tertiary institutions with the sum of N125 million and this year, the board is supporting the sector with the sum of N375 million. This is no doubt an excellent gesture, worthy of emulation. I am aware that the board’s support for the education sector cuts across the Basic, Senior School and Tertiary Education through its Corporate Social Responsibility Agenda,” he said.
He said contributions to the education system “should not be only limited or stem from the budgetary allocation of government to the sector.”