The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that there would be no extension to the closing date of the 2017/2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration.
The Head of Public Relations of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, who made the announcement on Monday, said that measures were on ground to ensure the regulated platform could help candidates to get registered before the end of the month and to prevent irregularities in registration.
Benjamin observed that some applicants were seeking extension of the UTME registration deadline due to irregularities in the on-going registration process.
According to him, it is wrong for any person to also think that there is inadequacy in the number of centres stipulated to register candidates for the UTME.
“We have already registered 600,000 candidates since sales of form began March 20, how can there be inadequate centres or lack of manpower, when we have more than 400 centres.
“There is no such delay as alleged by some candidates, the issue here is that plenty people are registering for the UTME at the same time.
“The internet is working, if it is not working how then we arrived at the total of 600,000 that have so far been duly registered.
“Large numbers of applicants seeking to register for UTME go to the banks allocated for the exercise that is why there seem to be some form of delays and irregularities.
“Before now we use three banks and now there are 15 banks because the period is short, but we are not going to extend the registration period.”
He said that the initiative for use of the platform to register candidates for the UTME was in line with the Board’s policy to ensure standards operation.
The JAMB official advised candidates who are yet to register to visit any of the approved Computer Based Test CBT centres nationwide on or before Saturday 22nd April 2017.