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JAMB 2023: No registration extension over Naira scarcity

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The Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede has said that the board is not considering an extension of registration for the 2023 registration of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) over the Naira crisis.

Last week, JAMB said that it would not extend the 14 February deadline for the 2023 UTME registration, but had to reiterate that decision given speculations that the ongoing Naira scarcity would make it change its mind.

According to JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, out of 1.8 million candidates projected to register for the examinations, only 445,081 have done so as at last week.

He said on Friday: “We are not considering any extension of the registration deadline because anybody who is withdrawing money is the one not following our instructions. You transfer money; when you do that, you get the PIN (Personal Identification Number), we are not selling physical pins.

“We also negotiate with CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) for e-wallet and the e-wallet is interacting with all the agencies. You don’t need to touch money to buy or procure the PIN; it is not an excuse at all because we are e-compliant”.

The Registrar also warned impostors to stay clear from activities of the Board because checks have been put in place to tackle the malpractices.

According to him, “I go round the country to monitor the registration exercise and particularly call the attention of those committing infractions. We received reports about what is going on in the state; we have intelligence on the ground, so when we have information we now go to such places.

“We have deployed both human and technological means of detecting violations, you can see that the issue of no signal is not happening this year. So what we are doing is improving what we did last year and that is why we are available in every part of the country to monitor strict compliance with the regulation”.

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