Nigeria’s central admissions board registers 1.8 million UTME candidates, earns N7.3bn, pays CBTs N1.3 billion

At the close on Saturday of the registration for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) programme, JAMB, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, recorded a total of 1,837,011 applications.

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At the close on Saturday of the registration for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) programme, JAMB, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, recorded a total of 1,837,011 applications.

At the close on Saturday of the registration for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) programme, JAMB, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, recorded a total of 1,837,011 applications.  

The registration exercise which commenced on February 19 came to a close on March 26.

In the latest weekly bulletin of JAMB which was released in Sunday night, the Board disclosed that with N4,700 registration fee paid by each applicant, JAMB has successfully generated revenue estimate of N8.6 billion.

Out of the total sum, a total of 776 computer-based test centres that took part in the exercise will share an estimated amount of N1.3 billion at the rate of N700 per candidate registered by each of the centres.

JAMB has pledged support for the CBT centre owners over the sudden increase in the prices of diesel and the erratic power supply suffered nationwide recently.

The figure of registered applicants in the year 2022 exercise is higher than roughly 1.4 million candidates who were registered in 2021.

The JAMB registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, a professor, observed that, based on the body’s projection, about 1.5 million candidates were being expected to complete their registration at the end of the exercise. However, the figure of the registered had exceeded the body’s expectation.

He said unlike in the past when the adoption of the National Identification Number (NIN) as a mandatory condition for applicants had constituted challenge to the system, there had been little or no complaints in the just concluded exercise.

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