The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB, now known as Unified Matriculation Examination office in Rivers State, at 9 Ozuzu close in D’line, Port Harcourt was submerged by flood. The rains of Thursday, 29 April 2010 attacked the premises raising water from the ground, from the bounding Nta-wogba creek and from the sky.
By Friday, there was no safe place in all the offices for the staff to sit to work and attend to the influx of parents and candidates. But while the staff bemoaned their fate the milling candidates did not feel with them. Missing scores, wrongly entered scores and subjects or other inquiries on the just released results from the recently conducted examination was more important to them.
By the afternoon, the flood in the premises had receded but the office rooms were still filled with water despite the hours of pumping by the pumping machine. The respite enjoyed in the compound availed the staff the space to create a temporary table to attend to the clients.
The zonal coordinator, Ann Momoh directed the staff to provide service to members of the public, just what could be provided. She said the flooding was a perennial experience that plague the old colonial building that house the office. The headquarters of JAMB had been notified to the extent that it could provide fund to repairs of the roof and not to build a new structure.
She insisted that the host state’s government had an obligation to build a new JAMB building. Some of the candidates and parents just wanted their problems solved than border themselves with a perennial problem that JAMB authority had not found sufficient clout to tackle.
The special adviser to the state governor on special projects, Okey Amadi dismissed allegation held by the JAMB authority that the newly constructed Ozuzu close road and its drains channeled water into the JAMB premises. He however sympathized with JAMB and assured of making a report to the state government of founding a way to solving the problem.