JAMB Registers 1.6m UTME Candidates, Arrests 15 Defaulters

JAMB Arrests 15 Defaulters, Registers 1.6m UTME Candidates

The Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede, has said over 1.6 million candidates have been registered for the 2023 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) at the close of registration.

Oloyede disclosed this at the end of a joint monitoring exercise with the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr David Adejo, in Abuja on Monday. He said that sale of UTME forms ends on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

The Registrar however, disclosed that in the cause of registration 15 culprits were discovered to be defrauding the process, adding that the culprits have been apprehended and were currently detained.

Prof Oloyede, who disclosed this in Abuja on Monday during a monitoring tour of the registration in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) led by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Andrew David Adajo, said the board had apprehended about 15 people for going against conduct of the UTME registration processes.

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https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.556.1_en.html#goog_1468289763 JAMB commenced the sale of 2023 UTME form on Saturday, 14 January, 2023, and was expected to close on Tuesday, 14 February, 2023.

However, the Board extended the registration exercise as a result of the lingering naira crisis by one week, starting from Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

https://4cb592beaa1be409fa64a3b968ee7f32.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html Adejo earlier explained that the extension was necessary to ensure all the candidates have time to register. He said: “Ordinarily, registration for UTME has closed but to take care of people that could, for one reason or another not be able to make the deadline of February 14th, especially as you know, most of registration processes depends on banks and we could not have top level bank operations from the past three weeks for understandable reasons,” he said.

He, however, said the turnout was very low because the first set of registration that ended on February 14th had virtually captured more than 98 per cent of people “so the people that are being captured now are those that are left over.”

“Today (Monday), for instance we only met three people. We asked the head of this centre how many were registered on Saturday and he said about 15 so I think the monitoring gave us the confidence that yes it was a good idea to extend so we don’t leave anybody out of the box,” he noted.

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