JAMB suspends two staff, bans two candidates for not wearing face masks

THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended two of its staff and banned two candidates from its processes for violating precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

This was contained in the weekly bulletin of the board obtained on Monday in Abuja.

The board said their suspension followed a surprised visit by JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede to the Professional Testing Centre (PTC) where the four persons ran foul of the protocols when they refused to wear protective face mask provided to curtail the spread of the virus.

The board had circulated series of advisories containing explicit instructions on the necessity of adhering to extant protocols.

“These advisories were not only aimed at mitigating the risk of protecting individual staff but also to safeguard the lives of their fellow colleagues,” it said.

JAMB stated that the suspension became necessary in order to send the right signal to all staff and clients alike that it would not tolerate any act that would expose people to unnecessary risks.

The board added that the punitive action also underscores the seriousness with which it view adherence to COVID-19 protocols especially as it has among other measures made available pieces of washable high-quality face mask to each staff to eliminate excuses of non-compliance.

In addition, alcohol-based sanitiser, handwashing facilities as well as prescribed the adoption of other non-pharmaceutical measures to curb the spread of the virus inline with the prescription of the various relevant agencies of government.

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