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.
A statement by the Board, extracted from its 18 January bulletin indicated that their suspension followed a surprised visit by JAMB Registrar Prof Ishaq Oloyede to the Professional Testing Centre. (PTC)
The four persons ran foul of the protocols when they refused to wear protective face mask provided to curtail the spread of the virus.
It would be recalled that the Board has 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”.
The statement added that 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 will expose people to unnecessary risks.
The Board added that the punitive action also underscore 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,hand washing 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.
While the concerned staff would face the Boards disciplinary committee,the Head of office under whose supervision the staff were working would also be queried for negligence and dereliction of duty.
Furthermore,the Board restated it’s resolve not to tolerate any violation of the exact protocols on COVID19 and that Supervisory officers would be held responsible for non enforcement and non compliance of staff who circumvent laid down rules and regulations.
It further enjoined all Directors,State Coordinations and Heads of Units to ensure strict compliance of both staff and clients.