JAMB and Nigeria Customs Service parley to improve health care delivery

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) was at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters Wednesday, 30th September, 2020, to seek the support of the Agency at facilitating the shipment of donated medical equipment from a global donor to improve healthcare delivery in Nigeria.

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, commended the Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hamid Ali (RTD), for the good work he is doing in the Agency. He said, “The Nigeria Customs Service is one of the Services that is giving the nation hope that all is not lost.”


He also thanked the Comptroller for the support that the NCS has been giving to JAMB over the years. The visit is not unconnected with the Board’s discovery of the existence of an organisation in Denver, United States of America, which is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies, instruments and equipment to resource-constrained healthcare facilities worldwide. The Management of the Board, led by the Registrar, met with the NCS high command to notify the later of the processes undertaken by the Board to facilitate the supply of donated medical equipment to selected hospitals across the six geopolitical zones of the country and to seek their support in ensuring that these items are given expedited processing and, where applicable, exempt them from the payment of import duties. This, he said, would be in line with the policy of waiving such duties on medical and educational materials coming from donor agencies.

As such, the meeting centred on how to remove all bottlenecks that could impede the speedy delivery of the medical items to the selected hospitals. The Registrar disclosed that all processes had been completed as meetings had been held and all necessary documentation had been concluded by all parties concerned and that soon the donated equipment would be on its way to Nigeria, hence the need to keep the NCS abreast of this development so that when they arrive, there would be no challenges. He drew attention to the parlous state of the healthcare institutions in the country which need the collective support and intervention of all and sundry.

Impressed by the ingenuity of the Board in spearheading this noble intervention in the revitalisation of the healthcare sector, the NCS Comptroller-General commended Prof. Oloyede and his Management team for being passionate about a matter that concerns us all. He said, “The country is pleased to have people like Prof. Oloyede who are so passionate about Nigeria, people who are working very hard to turn around the fortunes of the nation.” He declared that members of JAMB Management team should count themselves lucky for the privilege to work with such a great Nigerian.

He added that Prof. Oloyede is one of the rare individuals who are working hard to change the negative perception of the nation and assured his guests that the NCS would do everything within its power to make sure that the items of equipment are delivered seamlessly.

T h e C G C expressed preparedness to facilitate the request of the Board within the approved framework of its service Six Teaching Hospitals and six Federal Medical Centres making a total of twelve health institutions were selected across the six geopolitical zones of the nation as beneficiaries of the intervention.

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