Low JAMB cut-off mark for Northern states has done more harm than good; Governor El-Rufai says

Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, has complained that the low Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) cut off mark given to the North has done more harm than good because it makes the youths lazy. 

El-Rufai expressed his worry that despite this low cut-off and other educational benefits created by the government of the region, the people are yet to take advantage of them. 

He talked about these problems while speaking at a plenary session on “Rethinking Sub-National Competitiveness” at the ongoing Nigerian Economic Summit. 

El-Rufai said, “The northerners are at advantage. The low JAMB cut-off mark is making northern youth lazy rather than encouraging them. Despite the advantage of the education in Nigeria, we have the highest number of children out of school.”

“For example, Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, (JAMB), gives different cut-off mark for different states and you say you are building a nation, no you are dividing it.

“I am from the north but we have suffered educational disadvantage, and the JAMB has given us lower cut-off mark to catch up, have we caught up?

“It is making people lazy.”

Pat of the discussion has centred around reformation and restructure of the country. 

The Governor spoke against zoning and said that the country needs the best brain to occupy positions. 

“This has become a big problem for Nigeria. Zoning in political parties cannot solve the economic problems we are facing. Selecting the best person to get the job done will benefit everyone.”

“The best we can do is to give everyone equal opportunity.”

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