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1.8m candidates to sit for 2022 UTME as JAMB generates N8.6 billion

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has successfully registered a total of 1,837,011 candidates for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).

Technocrat Media, Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has successfully registered a total of 1,837,011 candidates for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).

JAMB said the registration exercise took place across the country between February 19 and March 26.

This is disclosed in the latest weekly bulletin by the Board which was released on Sunday night according to Premium Times.

According to JAMB, each applicant paid N4,700 to purchase form amounting to estimated revenue of a total of N8.6 billion.

Out of the lump sum, a total of 776 computer-based test centers that took part in the exercise will share an estimated amount of N1.3 billion at the rate of N700 per candidate registered by each of the centers.

JAMB has also pledged support for the CBT center owners over the sudden increase in the prices of diesel and the erratic power supply suffered nationwide recently.

The examination body said it recognised the plight of its partners, and appealed for their understanding, saying it would seek necessary approvals to grant them the necessary support as may be deemed appropriate.

JAMB said the number of applicants surpassed an estimated figure of 1.5 million candidates which was the target with an estimated 50,000 candidates per day.

During a tour of the CBT centers during the registration, the JAMB registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, a professor, said based on the body’s calculation, about 1.5 million candidates were being expected to complete their registration at the end of the exercise.

JAMB’s head of media and protocol, Fabian Benjamin speaking at the weekend with Premium Times reporter, said the total registered applicants had exceeded the Board’s expectation.

He said unlike in the past when the adoption of the National Identification Number (NIN) as a mandatory condition for applicants had constituted a challenge to the system, there had been little or no complaints in the just concluded exercise.

“The figure of registered applicants in the year 2022 exercise is higher than roughly 1.4 million candidates who were registered in 2021,” he said.

He added that JAMB had also refunded some candidates who were unable to complete their registration in 2021 but had paid the registration fee.

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