The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that the registration deadline for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) applications would no longer be extended.
The board announced this in its Weekly Bulletin, which was issued by the Registrar’s office and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.

The board had already extended the exercise from its original closing date of May 15 to Saturday, May 29, to allow candidates who were unable to register within that time frame to participate in a smooth process.

The new closing date ended on Saturday May 29.

Despite the two-week extension, complaints about candidates’ inability to register persisted, according to JAMB.

Lateness or non-delivery of the National Identity Number (NIN) verification code; inability to get NIN; mismatch or incorrect names originally supplied to the National Identity Management Commission were among the complaints received, according to the board ( NIMC).

While only a few of the justifications were found to be legitimate, the board claimed that a considerable number could be traced back to fraudsters who were hell-bent on manipulating the system.

JAMB, on the other hand, stated that individuals who attempted to register but were unable to do so due to some of the issues cited will be given another chance.

“Further extension of the registration period is not possible due to time constraints within the timeframe provided to JAMB on the Annual National Examinations Timetable.

“However, the board wishes to provide every potential candidate with the opportunity to register for the 2021 election.

“As a result, all prospective candidates having real proof(s) of failed attempts to register before the deadline should attend any of JAMB’s offices between Monday, May 31 and June 15 for reconciliation.

“JAMB-owned Professional Test Centres are also located throughout the country at these offices.

“Candidates who are unable to register due to genuine reasons should request and complete a form, which is provided free of charge.

“They must submit a certified bank draught in the amount of N4,000 only in favour of JAMB for the Reading Test and Application, and acquire a signed duplicate copy from the office.

“They will also pick up a copy of the Reading Test and return the completed form with a current passport photograph at the same collecting location.

“As soon as screening is done, candidates should wait for additional instructions via the registered phone number and a Public Service Announcement on the NTA Network News.”

However, as of May 29, JAMB reported that 1,383,420 candidates have obtained the Pin for registration, with 1,375,694 having completed their registration.

It was repeated that without a properly obtained NIN that had to be checked or confirmed by the NIMC, there would be no registration for the 2021 UTME/DE.

The board further stated that any candidate who files a second application after successfully registering during the previous registration period will be rejected for both attempts.

“Any fraudulent claim will be met with harsh penalties, including confiscation of the deposited Bank Draft, cancellation of the application(s), and prosecution.

“Because some parents and school owners have been found to mislead candidates for ill-gotten earnings and personal advantage, the board recommends everyone to allow each candidate to go through the procedure personally.

“Involvement of any third party or organisation in the registration process is not tolerated by JAMB,” it stated.

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