‘UTME registration may not exceed February 21’ – Official

The Chairman, Governing Board of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe, has said that the board would not increase the closing date for the registration.

The chairman who observed slow face of the registration process for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, said he does not foresee an extension of the registration date beyond February 21.

He made this known after monitoring the ongoing registration of candidates in Ha-Shem Academy centre, Iwaya, Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka centre, and the Electronic Test Centre, Anthony in Lagos on Friday.

Advising candidates to register now to avoid last minute rush, Ndukwe said, “I don’t foresee an extension. Some of the places we visited had many systems but a few candidates. Let the candidates out there be mindful of the examination dates and register now.”

On the outcome of monitoring the centres and interacting with candidates, Ndukwe said he was satisfied that the complaints associated with cybercafes were now a thing of the past and the days of extorting candidates and poor data management were over.

“It is seamless and we are happy. What I have seen today has confirmed that Prof. Oloyede and his technical team were very right to ban cybercafes. I have interacted with the candidates; they are all happy and satisfied. I must express the satisfaction of the board. This year is better than last year and it will be better next year.”

Ndukwe also warned CBT centre operators on sharp practices as he promised that offenders would be sanctioned.

At the inspected centres, no candidate reported being charged more than the official examination fee.