JAMB has revealed that about 1,116,662 candidates have been registered in the ongoing 2021 UTME registration while over 55,336 candidates have been registered for the Direct Entry as of May 16th, 2021. This was contained in the weekly bulletin publication of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) via its official website.
The board also disclosed measures that have been put in place to ensure that as many candidates as possible are able to register before the new deadline.
In order to resolve the bottlenecks that have been identified in the ongoing registration the following measures have been put in place;
i. The Board is to seek an alternative Value-Added Service (VAS) provider to enhance the smooth dispatch of profile
ii. CBT centres are to, henceforth, stop the sale of pins as flouting this directive would attract appropriate sanctions.
iii. No CBT centre is allowed to collect e PIN and registration fees simultaneously.
iv. No CBT centre is to collect registration fee until completion of registration.
v. The Board reiterated the prohibition of group registration for candidates while CBT centres are forbidden from
registering candidates in groups, especially from elite schools.
vi. CBT centres are to ensure optimal utilization of their registration outlets by opening all the twenty (20) allowable
registration points to ease congestion.
vii. Candidates for Direct Entry are reminded to specify their category of admission while procuring their pins. As
such, if a DE candidate mistakenly purchases an ePIN for UTME, the selling point is to rectify the error by swapping
the ePIN to DE at no further cost to the candidate.
viii. JAMB Digital Service Providers were encouraged to expand their facilities, which include the provision of redundancy links for more efficient service delivery.
ix. Extraction of pledge from NIMC to give priority attention to UTME/DE prospective candidates. Consequently,
all prospective candidates and other Users who have not received a response from 55019 are advised to send their
Tracking ID or NIN to [email protected] However, those who had obtained their NINs through
unauthorised sources and are having challenges would have to visit the NIMC office to resolve them.
x. NIMC to deploy special monitoring teams to monitor its operators to forestall any incidence of extortion and to sanction any NIMC agent found extorting candidates in the cause of enrollment.
xi. Against the background of below-par performance from one of the service providers, a firm commitment to
optimise its service during the period of the extension of registration was obtained from the operator.
Similarly, the stakeholders also implored the Federal Ministry of Education to introduce a policy that would discourage parents from seeking to register underage and immature candidates for the UTME to pursue tertiary education ahead of their time.