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UTME 2024: JAMB registrar storms Lagos UTME registration centre to monitor exercise

JAMB Registrar Takes Charge in Lagos, Urges Candidates to Register Themselves

In a proactive move to ensure the seamless conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, made a surprise visit to a UTME registration center in Lagos on Friday.

During his visit, Prof. Oloyede emphasized the importance of candidates personally completing their registration for the UTME, cautioning against the involvement of third parties. He highlighted that errors in candidates’ data often result from third-party registrations, leading to potential complications and increased chances of extortion.

“The UTME is not like school examinations where lists can be compiled and forwarded to the examination body. Candidates must be actively involved in their registration process to ensure accuracy and avoid any untoward incidents,” Prof. Oloyede stated.

The registrar commended the ongoing registration process, revealing that approximately 1.2 million candidates had registered for the UTME as of Friday, out of the expected 1.5 million. He also noted that the registration for Direct Entry candidates is yet to commence.

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Expressing satisfaction with the nationwide registration process, Prof. Oloyede lauded the efforts of JAMB staff and partners while acknowledging the smooth collaboration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

However, he expressed concern about the low turnout of candidates in the registration centers he visited, urging prospective candidates to register promptly. Prof. Oloyede attributed the lower-than-expected attendance to either the efficiency of the registration process or the procrastination of some candidates who might delay until the final days of the exercise.

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The registrar ruled out any extension of the registration period for this year’s UTME, emphasizing the need for candidates to intensify their efforts and utilize the 780 registration centers nationwide within the specified timeframe.

“We have 15 days to go, and it’s crucial for candidates to complete their registration promptly. Although we have seen commendable progress, we encourage candidates not to wait until the last minute,” Prof. Oloyede urged.

He also addressed concerns about the capacity of the Computer-Based Test (CBT) centers, emphasizing the need to enhance digital literacy. Prof. Oloyede defended the decision to increase service charges for CBT centers, clarifying that it did not affect the regular registration fees.

In conclusion, the JAMB registrar affirmed the importance of moving forward with digital initiatives and increasing digital literacy among the population, reinforcing the commitment to conducting a hitch-free UTME.

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