Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended two of its staff and banned two candidates on the account of violating covid-19 guidelines.
The weekly bulletin published on Monday via the board’s website revealed that these four individuals refused to wear face masks in order to control the Covid-19 spread. Their suspension was followed up with a surprise visit by the Registrar of the board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede to the Professional Testing Centre.
The board stated that it had circulated series of advisories containing instructions on the necessity of obeying covid-19 protocols.
The statement, however, called on all Directors, State Coordinators, and Heads of Units to make sure strict compliance is adhered to by both staff and clients.
“The suspension became necessary in order to send the right signal to all staff and clients alike that it will not tolerate any act that would expose people to unnecessary risks. The punitive action also underscored the seriousness with which the Board views adherence to COVID-19 protocols”.
“The concerned staff would face the Board’s Disciplinary Committee. In addition, the Head of the Office under whose supervision the staff was working would also be queried for negligence and dereliction of duty for failure to adequately supervise the affected staff”.
“All staff nationwide that the Board would not tolerate any violation of the extant protocols on COVID-19 and those supervisory officers would also be held responsible for non-enforcement and non-compliance of staff who circumvent laid-down rules and regulations”.
“All the measures put in place to protect staff from unnecessary exposure to the virus are all user-friendly and wondered why anyone would want to expose him or herself and others to the virus,” the statement read.