By Felix Khanoba
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it has successfully registered a total of 1,650,547 candidates for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The number is about 86,000 less than the 1,736,571 students that put in for the exam in 2017.
The Board, which has also announced the close of sales of application forms for the 2018 UTME, said at the end of the exercise, a total of 1,662,818 candidates paid and obtained the e-pins out of which 1,650,547 had been successfully registered.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY on Tuesday and signed by JAMB’s spokesman, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said candidates who have not registered but are holding the e-pins still have 24 hours grace to do so.
While saying that the 24 hours grace applies to only individuals who had paid and initiated registration processes but could not register, the Board said there would be no room for complaints afterwards.
“For purposes of emphasis, this applies to only candidates who had initiated registration processes and have paid and procured the registration e-pins but could not register at the close of sales.
“Take note that candidates are not to generate any profile code for the purpose of 2018 UTME registration as doing so would have no effect and a waste of time and resources,” parts of the statement read.
On the mysterious snake that swallowed N36 million from its Benue State’s coffers, the Board, led by Prof Ishaq Oloyede maintained that there is no hiding place for crime to thrive in the running of its activities, adding that the officer who misappropriated the money from the sales of scratch cards and blamed it on snake would be brought to book.
“UTME candidates before now purchased scratch cards from our offices nationwide and designated centers to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or other essential services.
“It is in the process of the routine audit and other checks of state offices account and activities that an official in charge of the Benue State office of the Board was found wanting in an effort to give an accurate account of the proceeds realised from the sales of the cards.
“We are going to unravel, arrest and prosecute this alleged mysterious snake, just as we are going to bring to book any of our officers or stakeholders who is caught in any activities not in line with the Board’s policies,” the statement said.
JAMB also revealed that it has uncovered another case where a state officer who failed to give account of monies realised from the sales of the card but rather claimed that he was on his way to return some unsold scratch cards when he was involved in a car crash and the car was burnt with the cards.