THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has extended its 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, registration exercise by one week.
The extension begins on Wednesday, 15 February 2023, according to the nation’s tertiary institutions’ admission body.
The development came contrary to its earlier position that it would not extend the deadline for the registration.
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A statement to this effect, Wednesday, by its Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Fabian Benjamin, JAMB explained that “By this extension, the sale of ePINs would end on Monday, 20th February 2023, while the UTME registration ends on Wednesday, 22nd February 2023.”
The statement read in part:”Recall that in line with the Board’s 2023 Schedule of activities, as earlier released, the closing date for the sale of both the ePINs and the 2023 UTME application documents was slated for Tuesday, 14th February 2023.
“At the close of the sale of ePINs on Tuesday, 14th February 2023, 1,527,068 candidates had successfully registered for the 2023 UTME exercise inclusive of the 168,748, who indicated their interest to take the Mock-UTME.
“It should also be noted that the Board, based on its projections, had expanded its capacity to register up to a hundred thousand candidates per day. With this, it was possible to register all desiring candidates within the space of a few days. However, less than fifty thousand candidates were turning up for registration which is less than the installed registration capacity. Surprisingly, in the last two days before the closing date, the pace picked up remarkably with over a hundred thousand candidates registering on a daily basis.
“Furthermore, the Board, as a responsive and proactive agency, took cognisance of the reports from across the country indicating some difficulties being faced by many Nigerians in using their electronic channels to purchase the ePINs or obtain cash readily within the stipulated period.