Photo Credit: Daniel Adejo/ Radio Nigeria
R_L: The permanent Secretary, Federal minister of Education David Adejo, JAMB Registrar Prof Ishaq Oloyede and a head of operations at one of the registration Centers in Abuja.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has apprehended about 15 persons over alleged engagement in dubious practices while registering candidates for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME.
This is as the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede revealed that a total of 1.6 million candidates have been registered to sit for the examination.
Prof Oloyede, stated this in Abuja on Monday during a monitoring tour of the registration in Abuja led by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr David Adejo.
JAMB commenced the sale of the 2023 UTME form on Saturday, 14th January 2023, and was expected to close on Tuesday, 14th 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.
Earlier, Mr Adejo explained that the extension was necessary to ensure all the candidates have time to register.
“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, most of the registration processes depend on banks and we could not have top-level bank operations from the past three weeks for understandable reasons,” he said.
“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 center 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.
Mr Adejo however, said the turnout was very low because the first set of registration that ended on February 14th had virtually captured more than 98% of people.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Oluwaseyi Ajibade & Adeniyi Bakare