Ekiti State Government on Thursday distributed no fewer than 2,000 free Joint Admission Matriculation Board Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination forms to qualified indigenes across the 16 local government areas of the state.
Wife of the governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, said the gesture was informed by the conviction that “education remains the right of every youth of the state and not a privilege for some few”.
Speaking during a ceremony held to flag off the distribution of free JAMB forms, Mrs Fayemi said, “The state government’s investment in the youths was borne out of the awareness that Ekiti youths have a right to tertiary knowledge and education”.
She said the administration had committed N14.3million to the process of purchasing the 2020 JAMB pins, creation of profile, provision of e-training as well as JAMB online registration and thumb printing exercise at no cost to the candidates.
Fayemi said Ekiti youths also needed to be able key into the knowledge-driven economy of administration.
The beneficiaries were chosen from among those who obtained a minimum of six credit passes in either West African Examinations Council or National Examinations Council of Nigeria at one sitting.
Mrs Fayemi, who said the programme was aimed at lifting financial burden off parents, advised parents to encourage their children to take advantage of the opportunity and study hard for the forthcoming examination for a bright future.
She said, “Parents should seize the moment to encourage their wards to give the exercise all the seriousness it deserves.”