200,000 UTME candidates admitted as December deadline nears


About 200,000 out of the 1.8 million 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates have been admitted so far into universities, according to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Friday.

The board, in an exclusive mail to our correspondent said the tertiary institutions and other stakeholders were still “working round the clock” and would comply with the deadline agreed at the 2019 policy meeting.

The JAMB at a 2019 policy meeting in Gbongan, Osun State, in June, had agreed with the stakeholders that the admission processes into public tertiary institutions should be concluded by December 19, 2019, while private institutions, should end by February 15, 2020.

The board had noted that the deadlines for admission were not its decisions but by consensus of stakeholders, including the representatives of all the tertiary institutions.

No fewer than 1.8 million candidates took the 2019 UTME which held between April 11 and 17 across 698 Computer-Based Test Centres in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The JAMB Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in an electronic mail to our correspondent on Friday, confirmed that 200,000 candidates had been offered admissions for the 2019/2020 academic session.

He said, “About 200,000 candidates have been offered admissions to tertiary institutions. The speed at which institutions are working and candidates’ compliance shows that all stakeholders are working round the clock to actualise the dateline.

“We remain determined to ensure full compliance to the agreed dateline at the policy meeting. We want to use this opportunity to urge prospective candidates to begin the National Identity Number registration. We also advise the public to report anybody parading questions alleged to be for 2020 UTME to the nearest police station or the board’s office.”

Meanwhile the Imo State University, Owerri, has written to JAMB, asking the board to disregard “illegal and fraudulent satellite campuses” said to be affiliated to the university.

The acting Registrar of the university, Mrs Rose-Kate Ogbu, in the letter, which was published in the JAMB weekly bulletin on Sunday, said the university already shut down all its satellite campuses in accordance with the directive of the National Universities Commission since 2004.



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