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2023: JAMB closes UTME registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has closed registration for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) after a one-week extension.

The Head, Public Affairs and Protocol of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made this known in a statement in Abuja, on Wednesday

Recalls that the board had granted the extension to accommodate candidates who could not register for the 2023 UTME within the allowable window of Jan. 14 to Feb. 14, due to recent developments in the country.

The statement said that at the close of the registration, about 1.6 million candidates had successfully registered for the 2023 UTME.

“This number does not include the Direct Entry component of the exercise which had started on Monday, 20th February 2023 before it was put on hold on Tuesday, 21st February 2023,’’ the statement said.

“The board registrar’s monitoring team which has gone around the country was in Nasarawa and Delta states on the final day of the exercise to oversee its conclusion.


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“In Asaba, Delta State, the team visited Trinity Innovation Hub CBT Centre; Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku CBT Centre 1 and 2; Delta State Library CBT and others. It was however, remarkable that none of these centres have any candidates waiting to be registered, indicating that almost all candidates who desired to register for the exercise have done so,” he said.

It further said that same situation was applicable in many centres in Nasarawa State as few candidates were seen at all the centres a day to the closing date and these were cleared before the close of work.

It said from every indication, this year’s exercise is shaping up to be the smoothest the board has ever had.

“However, based on reports received from the various monitoring teams across the country, the board will review its SIM number swap policy. This is because it will now require the Telcos to confirm that the old SIM being put forward for swapping previously belonged to the applicant but had been issued to another person,” it said.

It added that this would, therefore, preclude the possibility of a `SIM welcome back’ before such swapping would be approved.

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