By Felix Khanoba
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it registered 1, 205, 187 candidates between 10 January and 1 February 2019 in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration exercise.
The figure, which was disclosed recently in JAMB’s weekly bulletin made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, shows that Zamfara with 3,349 and Sokoto-6,960 have the least number of candidates registered as at 1 February, 2019.
They were closely followed by Kebbi State-9,599, Ebony State- 9,601 and Jigawa State with 10,278 candidates.
On the other side of the table, the figure shows that Lagos State so far has the highest number of registered candidates (not state of origin) with – 161, 654 while Kaduna and Oyo states are in second and third spots with 76, 049 and 57, 616 respectively.
Other states with reasonable high number of candidates include FCT-Abuja -56,132, Rivers- 5,119, Ogun-48,617 and Nasarawa with 45,616.
The examination body also revealed that it has suspended additional three Computer Based-Test (CBT) centres for violating laid down rules guarding the registration exercise, bringing the total number to 12.
The Board listed the three newly suspended CBT centres to include that of Evangel University, Okpoto, Ebonyi State, College of Education, Ikare, Ekiti State and St Silas Anglican Secondary School, Omuooke, Ekiti State.
JAMB, which also announced the reinstatement of the CBT centre located in Rajib Computer Academy, Jos, Plateau State, said the 12 suspended centres committed offences ranging from unauthorised use of registration SIM in manner inimical to candidates interest to charging candidates higher than the authorised fees, among others.
The AUTHORITY reports that the 2019 UTME registration exercise which began on January 10, 2019 in 739 CBT centres across the country is expected to come to an end on 21 February.