For allegedly violating precautionary measures to curb the spread of the COVID – 19 pandemic, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has suspended two of its workers and banned two candidates from its examinations.
The organization said their suspension followed an unscheduled visit by its Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, to its professional testing centre.
JAMB said this in a report published in the current edition of its weekly bulletin in Abuja on Monday.
The four persons were said to have disobeyed the protocols when they refused to wear protective face masks provided to curtail the spread of the virus.
JAMB said it had circulated series of advisories containing explicit instructions on the necessity of adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
It said, “These advisories were not only aimed at mitigating the risk of protecting individual staff but also to safeguard the lives of their colleagues,”
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.
According to JAMB, the punitive measure also underscores the seriousness with which it viewed adherence to COVID – 19 protocols, especially as it had, among other measures, made available pieces of washable high-quality face masks to each member of staff to eliminate excuses of non-compliance.
JAMB also said it had provided alcohol-based sanitizers, handwashing facilities as well as the adoption of other non-pharmaceutical measures to curb the spread of the virus in line with the prescription of the various relevant agencies of government.
“The concerned staff would face the disciplinary committee. In addition, the Head of the office under whose supervision the staff were working would also be queried for negligence and dereliction of duty for failure to adequately supervise the affected staff,” JAMB stated.